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What Type of Writer Are You – Quiz Answers

Posted by Kelly Creighton   May 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

If you were able to take last week’s quiz, it’s time to see your results! And if you haven’t taken the quiz yet, you can do so now by clicking on this link.

Were you right about what type of writer you think you are? Did you learn something new about yourself and how you approach your writing? There is a possibility that you could have prominent traits of more than one type of writer. Check out the results below and let us know what you discovered in the comments below.

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Topics: writing quiz

QUIZ: What Type of Writer Are You?

Posted by Kelly Creighton   May 10, 2018 7:30:00 AM

As a writer, it’s easy to get lost in your work and the entire writing process. It can be exciting and fun at times, and painful or nerve-racking at other times. And the writing process isn’t the same for every writer; each writer has his or her unique way of approaching what he or she does best.

This (non-scientific) quiz will help you think about your writing style and process, and what makes you unique as a writer.

So, what type of writer are you?

Take the quiz below. Select the answers that best resemble you, your interests and personality, and your writing style and aspirations. Keep a tally of your answers throughout the quiz so you can get accurate results once you’re done with the quiz. You may find that you have attributes of more than one type of writer, and that’s okay!

Come back next week to get your results.

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Topics: quiz, writing quiz

Will Cursive Handwriting Become Obsolete? Does It Matter?

Posted by Conni Eversull   May 3, 2018 7:30:00 AM

A recent state law in Indiana was passed a few weeks ago to allow cursive handwriting to be taught in schools. Although not a mandatory subject, the law codified cursive handwriting as an “optional” subject.

Many educators and professionals think that reading and writing in cursive no longer has real merit or relevance. In an age of ever-changing technology with smartphones, tablets, and laptops, why would we need to learn and practice cursive handwriting? Even our signatures are electronic-based nowadays, with computerized chips and fingerprints.

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Topics: cursive writing

New Words Added to the Dictionary in 2017

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Apr 27, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Merriam-Webster Dictionary added more than 1,000 words and phrases to the dictionary in 2017. And while we can’t highlight every single one here, we can highlight the most interesting words and phrases as well as those that received the most attention. According to Merriam-Webster:

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Topics: dictionary, how are words added to the dictionary

8 Ways to Improve Your Writing Using Your Mobile Device

Posted by Kelly Creighton   Apr 19, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Who says that you must always have a paper notebook with you to jot down your notes and bouts of inspiration if you’re a writer? Chances are, even if you have a notebook, you’re more likely to have your smartphone with you, while you’ll only have your notebook with you every so often. Don’t worry, you’re not any less of a writer if you admit this. Who wants writer’s cramp anyway?

Smartphones and tablets have garnered unfair stereotypes in recent years, especially for writers. They’re seen as being superfluous and as tools of unnecessary distraction. However, there’s reason why mobile devices have become so popular and are now vital tools in our everyday lives.

Instead of trying to fight against their influence and widespread use, let’s use mobile devices to improve our writing aptitudes, especially since they’re with us all the time. You’re no less of a talented writer if you decide to hone your skills using a smartphone instead of a typewriter. After all, even typewriters were at one time viewed as imposter-inducing devices.

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Topics: writing techniques

How to Build an Amazing Writing Portfolio

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Apr 12, 2018 7:30:00 AM

An amazing writing portfolio makes you stand out online. How you create, design, develop, and promote your online writing portfolio makes all the difference. A well-designed and well-organized portfolio can determine whether you get noticed or not and can ensure you get work opportunities that reflect who you are as a writer.

Here are some online portfolio tools you’ll want to consider using when creating your online writing portfolio:

Whether you freelance, work for a single employer full-time, or take on contract writing work, these tools allow you to do things like upload your original work, use a customized URL, and select a theme. They also come with intuitive online and mobile navigation, so it’s easy for others to view your work, and they make it much easier for you to share your writing with others.

Here are some tips for building an amazing online writing portfolio, organized by writing industries.

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Topics: writing portfolio

How to Display Confidence in Your Writing

Posted by Kelly Creighton   Apr 5, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Have you ever read a report or research paper you’ve written after it was published and questioned everything you wrote about because it fell flat and received little feedback? Or have you ever wondered why your business memos, plans, reports, or emails don’t gain influence or get responses from your bosses and colleagues? Do you ever write something with the intention of instigating a discussion and all you hear is crickets in return?

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What Word Processing Software Should You Be Using in 2018?

Posted by Kelly Creighton   Mar 29, 2018 7:30:00 AM

As a writer, you know that the word processing software you use will determine your overall effectiveness and productivity, which is almost as important as the actual words you type. And while some word processors work seamlessly, others have a steep learning curve that can make accessing, typing, reviewing, or editing a document maddening to anyone from any technology era.  

So, what type of word processing software should you be using in 2018? And what is the best and most economical one for you to use?

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Topics: word processing

Can You Ace This Basic Proofreading Quiz?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Mar 22, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Do you typically pride yourself on being able to catch even the smallest of errors in any piece of writing, whether they’re in an online advertisement or a novel? Do misspelled words and typos in a printed document drive you crazy? If so, here’s a fun proofreading quiz for you to take.

Take our quiz to test your basic proofreading knowledge and see if you can catch every single typo. See if you can get every question right and ace the entire quiz. And don’t look for any of the answers online, so you can really step up to the challenge!

Let us know how you did in the comments below. Good luck!

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Topics: proofreading quiz, typos, typographic errors

Grammar-Checking Software: A Quick Review

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Mar 15, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Do you rely on a grammar-checking software or tool, beyond what’s included in your everyday word processor? See if you can find your ideal grammar-checking tool on this list. And after scanning through the review of the most popular grammar-checking tools out there, continue reading to see why you still need a proofreader for your most important pieces of written work.

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Topics: grammar checker, grammar checker software, automated grammar checker

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