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More Author Trivia!

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments


Do you know the answer to this month’s Trivia Quiz?
Send an emailwith 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. 

Can you name the famous author who was pensioned by Louis XVIII, spent time exiled to the Island of Guernsey and whose last words were, “I see the black light?”

Email us your answer and we’ll send YOU back a prize!

P.S. The answer to the last quiz was Kurt Vonnegut.

Need a Happy Halloween puzzle to share with your kids?

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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

              Here’s our OCTOBER Word Search puzzle!
            

Our TOP FIVE errors that we LOVE to hate!

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

It’s time to review our new and improved TOP FIVE list of the most common errors in grammar that we LOVE to hate!  Here goes!

1)    TRY AND. The correct phrase is “try TO.”Don’t try AND make a difference; try TO make a difference!

2)    HOPEFULLY. This one is SO badly misused! The word means “with hope” NOT “it is hoped that.” You can gaze hopefully into the sky, but PLEASE don’t say “Hopefully, I’ll get I wish for!”

3)    COULD CARE LESS. Think about it for a minute. What you’re really saying is that you DO care, so remember to add the NOT in there and make it “I couldn’t care less.”

4)    LAY LOW. Does this one surprise you? To “lay low” means to knock something down. It’s regularly mistaken for the term “lie low” which means to conceal yourself and wait.

5)    YOU’VE GOT MAIL. It may arguably be a cute colloquialism but grammatically speaking, we SHOULD be saying “You HAVE mail.”

Well THAT was fun! Watch your language (and everyone else’s) and listen for these very common errors and try to (not and!) develop the habit of using the correct words.

SHHH! Can you keep a secret?

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Ben_FranklinSHHH! Can you keep a secret?

There’s a new webinar product in the works, set to be released later this year. It’s in collaboration with one of the industry leaders in goals planning, time management, and self-mastery (in our humble opinion).

We’re negotiating a reduced price for pre-orders and for associates of rewriter.ca, so watch your inbox and the next newsletter for further details!

Showing Gratitude to Fellow Entrepreneurs

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”

                       – William Blake

 

Want to show your gratitude to a fellow business owner? 

One way to do this is to take the time to write a quick testimonial; but for some of us, the prospect of doing that can be quite intimidating. One would THINK that we would be willing to recommend a business owner if we are satisfied with their product or service…but what happens when they ask you to write a testimonial for them? 

Many of us will say “sure thing,” sit right down and stare at our computer screen for a while, not knowing where to start. We’ll type a few words, but it just doesn’t sound right and so we put it off. We really mean to do it, but we don’t know what to say!

Here are a few ideas to help you to get that glowing testimonial out of your head and down on paper.

1-Say it! For some of us, it’s easier for us to talk than it is for us to write. So, speak it into a recording device to be transcribed later, or ask someone to write it down for you. If you can say it, you can also video record it. Use your webcam or camera and email them the file. These are some of the most powerful types of testimonials because people LOVE to identify with other “real” people.

2- Be Specific. Include details, not generalities. “They are the best computer guys around” doesn’t carry the same weight as “They found my problem right away and explained each step of the repairs to me.”

3-Be Thorough. Make sure that your testimonial is honest and believable and try to cover at least these points:

(a) What prompted you to choose them?
(b) What results did you get?
(c) What did you like best about them?
(d) Who would you recommend them to and why?

Don’t worry too much about structure and style because you can always edit your points later. It’s more important to just get them recorded somewhere. If possible, have them include your company name and contact information as part of your testimonial to direct readers back to you. If your testimonial appears online, make sure that it links back to your website.

If you follow this approach, writing a testimonial won’t feel like a chore.  In fact, you’ll feel great because you’ve helped a fellow business owner by sharing your experiences.

Deborah@rewriter.ca

P.S. Need help to write the perfect testimonial? Why not try a FIRST JOB FREE from rewriter.ca?

 

More Author Trivia!

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 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. 

Can you name the famous author who also managed the first Saab dealership in America?

Email us your answer and we’ll send YOU back a prize!

P.S. The answers to last month’s quiz was F. Scott Fitzgerald. In addition to being the first author to use “wicked” to mean “good,” he also first used the words “T-Shirt” and “daiquiri.”

13 Ways to Show Your Business Expertise!

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

What goes around really DOES come back around. We’re promoting NEWORLD WEB CONNECT in this issue and they are promoting our 13 WAYS IN 13 DAYS program in return.

This is a bit of a sneak peek at some really useful information that will be included in our upcoming E@sy eZines product, and it is available at absolutely no cost to you.

Please take a moment to VISIT OUR WEBSITE to receive a WAY every day for 13 DAYS. You could learn a new strategy to expand your audience far beyond your subscriber list!

CLICK HERE
to get started!

ROAD TRIP Puzzle!

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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

              Here’s our AUGUST Word Search puzzle!

            

Falling For Phrasal Verbs

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe 2 Comments

Yes, Timed Write readers, we ARE listening to your feedback! A few of you have mentioned that our Get It Write feature is just too long. English IS a pretty involved language, riddled with more exceptions than there are rules, it seems! Over the summer (at least), we will make the effort to make our comments in this section brief!

Have you ever heard of a phrasal verb? What’s that, you say? In short, a phrasal verb is a verb that is combined with an adverb or preposition to create a new meaning. Very often, the meaning is not all that obvious from the definitions of the separate words.

Here’s an example:  run into
Run means to move quickly with your legs; into implies a direction. Run into means to meet someone (or hit something) by accident.

Other examples include make up, put up with, put on, fall for and get up.

One neat little feature of these verbs is that some are what we call separable, while others are inseparable.

Let’s look at the phrasal verb fell for. You can write that He fell for his best friend’s girlfriend or even that “He fell for her.” You would never write, however, that “He fell her for.” That means that the phrase can’t be separated.

With the phrasal verb put on, for example, you may or may not separate it depending on the meaning. For instance, you can write both “He put on his socks” and “He put his socks on.” Any separable phrasal verb can be written either way.

So, feel free to impress your guests at your next dinner party with this little tidbit of grammar knowledge!

What Folks Have to Say

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our associates who have posted testimonials on our website. Please take a moment to see what folks have to say about rewriter.ca!
CLICK HERE to access the webpage!


Do YOU have something to say about rewriter.ca? We’d LOVE to share your testimonial in our next newsletter with a link back to your website. If you’re one of the first three to reply, we will also INCLUDE YOUR BANNER AD in our next three issues! CLICK HERE to send us an email!

P.S. Watch for our LABOUR DAY BANNER SALE coming soon!