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Author Trivia…Quirky Habits Edition!

Posted on: August 25th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Do you know the answer to this month’s Trivia Quiz? Send an email with your guess, and we’ll reward the correct entries with a prize. Or, if you’re into suspense, we’ll publish the answer in the next issue of
Timed Write.

You will often find that the greatest authors have the quirkiest habits!

Can you name the famous author who could only write when he (there’s a hint!) was facing north?

Send us an email with the answer and we’ll send you a prize!

P.S.The answer to our July 2015 trivia quiz is Romeo and Juliet. 

 

LAST CHANCE to Get BLOG LIKE A PRO FREE!

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Have you ever wanted to write an eBook but were daunted by the very idea of working through the process?

Well, help is on the way! This July, we’re launching our HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK IN 30 DAYS program.

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P.S. This summer, when you sign up for ALL of our FREE$TUFF programs, you’ll receive the BLOG LIKE A PRO series from Neworld Coaching!

Rewriter.ca Recommends…

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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RICHVALE SADDLERY IN SCHOMBERG, ONTARIO

Check out their WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE for useful information for  resources on saddlery, equine care and a whole lot MORE!

YOU Find the Words PRINT ME PUZZLE!

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

  
CLICK HERE
to access this month’s PRINT ME Puzzle!

 Here’s our AUGUST Word Search puzzle! Have FUN!


Need a puzzle for YOUR next newsletter? We can help!

                        Just SEND US AN EMAIL!

P.S. Check out our new PUZZLES page on rewriter.ca

Me, Myself…or I?

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

GRAMMAR TIP

                         ME, MYSELF AND I

One of the most common grammar mistakes that EVERYONE makes from time to time is the misuse of the pronouns I, ME and MYSELF.

Somewhere in our educational history, many of us picked up the impression that we should never use the word ME and always use the word I. Likewise, many of us picked up the idea that using MYSELF would make us sound classy.

All of these words are absolutely correct, as long as you use them properly. Just remember that “I” should always be used when referring to yourself as a subject, while “ME” should be used as an object. For instance, you would never say Me want to go to the store or Come to the store with I, right?

The confusion over which one to use often occurs when you add another person to the sentence. So, the best way to test whether or not you’re using these words correctly is to temporarily remove the other person and see if your sentence still sounds right.

Here are a few examples. Remove the other person and you’ll see which one of these sounds right.

A.    Dan and I went to the store.
B.    Dan and me went to the store.
C.    Dan and myself went to the store.

Of course A is correct. That was easy, right? Let’s try one where these words are used as objects instead of subjects.

A.    For more information, please call Dan or I.
B.    For more information, please call Dan or me.
C.    For information, please call Dan or myself.

When you remove the other object (Dan), it is makes the choice very clear. The answer is B. It may seem like there is no option at all for using the word MYSELF and in these types of sentences, which is true. MYSELF is a reflective pronoun, which means that you use it only when you are performing an action on yourself. Here are a few examples where using MYSELF is perfectly correct.

A.    I want to write the letter myself.
B.    I’ll wash the car myself.
C.    I bought donuts for Dan and myself. (don’t forget to test by removing Dan)

If you’ve been using these words incorrectly for a decade or two, you may find that they sound odd at first. Just keep applying the rule of removing the second subject or object and you’ll become accustomed to using these words correctly all the time.

P.S. Thanks to Smitty from North Bay for suggesting this topic!

Get BLOG LIKE A PRO Before Summer’s OVER!

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

DEAL OF THE MONTH from REWRITER.CA

Over the entire summer, we’re giving away a copy of BLOG LIKE A PRO  (a $40 value) to everyone who signs up for our FREE$TUFF!

Visit our DEAL OF THE MONTH page to learn more!

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P.S. Don’t worry if you are already subscribed to one or more of these freebies… it will only be sent to you once… and remember… YOU CAN ALWAYS UNSUBSCRIBE ANY TIME YOU WISH!

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Making the Most of the Summer Slump!

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”

  ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,         –    Roald Dahl

 

        SUMMERTIME…AND MAKING A LIVING ISN’T EASY!

Ah, it’s summertime…and the livin’ is easy. However, it may be a bit harder for many entrepreneurs to MAKE that living during the summer. Many of us experience a slow-down during he summer months when clients are on vacation and deferring buying decisions and major projects until the vacation season is over.

This may not be such a bad thing, however, if we use that downtime effectively. With a bit of planning, we can use that time to update our skills, catch up on our marketing and make plans that will drive our business forward into the next year.

Here are a few suggestions for summer slow-down tasks that can move your business (and yourself) forward!

1.    Update your social media profiles. Take time to review your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ (just to name a few), make sure that all information is current and update as required. Make sure that all fields and categories in your various profiles are complete and accurate. If you have the ability, schedule a few posts or tweets ahead.

2.    Revisit your business goals. Summer is mid-way through the year, so this is a good time to evaluate your successes and shortcomings and adjust your business goals accordingly. Are there minor tasks or habits that distract you from achieving your major goals? Take an inventory and re-align your daily tasks to match your yearly goals.

3.    Take time to organize. This is a great time to make sure that your accounts and tax info are in order. Catch up on your filing and bookkeeping, making sure that your receipts and expenses are current, and meet with your tax and financial advisors to make sure that you’re on track with your financial projections.

4.    Create your own summer school. Use your spare time to attend a local or online class that will hone your business and technology skills. Pick one topic and focus on that one before moving on to the next. If you’re looking for an all-around goals and time management program, we recommend PAINLESS from Neworld Coaching.

5.    Summer-ize your marketing. Summer is a great time to step back and examine your marketing plan and even schedule your fall marketing ahead. Be sure to incorporate summer themes into your social media posts and newsletters. You can even take advantage of your slow periods to treat your top clients to summer activities like golf and barbecues.

Finally, don’t forget to set aside some time for yourself over the summer to recharge your own batteries. Many of us feel like we’re working around the clock all year, and a change of scenery helps you to stay motivated and focused on your business.

~ Deborah

P.S. Could you use an injection of fun this summer? Sign up for our GAFFE DU JOUR and SATURDAY SILLY SIGNS.

Book Trivia…TWITTER Style!

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Do you know the answer to this month’s Trivia Quiz? Send an email with your guess, and we’ll reward the correct entries with a prize. Or, if you’re into suspense, we’ll publish the answer in the next issue of
Timed Write.

Isn’t it a good thing that there was no TWITTER at the time that so many of the literary classics were written? Can you imagine reducing War and Peace to 140 characters?

Well, we ran across this really cool tweet, which summarizes one of the greats. Can YOU tell to which piece of classic literature this refers?

our peeps all hate, but UR GR8 my *Xluvr. Letz meet F2F in crypt, but don’t drink!

Send us an email with the answer and we’ll send you a prize!

P.S.The answer to our June 2015 trivia quiz is Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan, who incorporated himself in 1923.!

 

Write YOUR eBook in Just 30 Days!

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Have you ever wanted to write an eBook but were daunted by the very idea of working through the process?

Well, help is on the way! This July, we’re launching our HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK IN 30 DAYS program, so LET’S GET WRITING!

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P.S. This summer, when you sign up for ALL of our FREE$TUFF programs, you’ll receive the BLOG LIKE A PRO series from Neworld Coaching!

Rewriter.ca Recommends…

Posted on: July 21st, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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LYNDA HARLOS and her BLOG
I Was the Perfect Parent…Then I Had Kids!

It’s filled with useful information and resources…and it’s a great read too!