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Holiday Get It Write Tips

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

How about a few Holiday grammar tips to keep in mind for the New Year?

1.    Words like “eve” and “day” are always capitalized in Holiday names like Christmas Eve or New Year’s Day.

2.    Be mindful of apostrophes and be sure to put them in the right place when writing St. Patrick’s Day (there’s only one of him) and April Fools’ Day (there are MANY of those!). For Memorial or Remembrance Day, we can use either Veterans Day or Veterans’ Day. Both are correct.

3.    That ubiquitous word “Xmas” does NOT contain a hyphen…AND the X doesn’t really take the Christ out of Christmas either. The X is actually representative of the Greek letter “chi” which is the first letter in Jesus’ name. (By the way, this is one of the few proper names in the English language where it is correct to use both Jesus’ and Jesus’s in the possessive form. Did YOU know that?)

Last Chance for Pre-Sale of PAINLESS!

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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As 2014 winds down, it’s a good time to step back, sit down and analyze your successes and challenges over the past year.

If pesky little thoughts are dancing in your head to remind you of how overwhelmed you’ve felt with all of the things on your to-do list, it’s time for you to take a look at this new webinar! Rolling fresh off the presses this very month (and just in time for you to plan for 2015), this series includes the complete NEWORLD COACHING system for completing your goals, managing your time and accomplishing everything on your to-do list!

CLICK HERE to learn more about how this series can help ANYONE to overcome procrastination and EVERYONE to achieve ANYTHING!

Here’a an idea of what we’ll cover in this webinar series:

PART ONE will focus on setting realistic goals and will explain the entire system that Neworld Coaching has been teaching clients for more than 10 years.

PART TWO will teach the art of Time Management and show you how to use planning and scheduling to get everything done and still have time to spare.

PART THREE will show you how to follow through with your plans and motivate you to accomplish them.

During the first week in December we will make this video series available to the general public at a cost of $99. Meanwhile, we’ve just launched a pre-sale of 100 copies to our clients, friends and associates for the low cost of $60. This pre-sale will end when we’ve sold the first 100 copies or when the series is released during the first week of December.

Here’s what you’ll receive with both packages:

  • Zip file with 3 video recordings (at least one hour each)
  • 3 workbooks
  • BONUS FIVE MINUTE FIXES eBook from rewriter.ca
  • BONUS How to Create PASSIVE INCOME video series from Neworld
  • BONUS ONLY FOR PRE-SALE: NEWORLD’S  complete 13 hr recording of Meetings with the Masters, a series personal interviews between Neworlds’s Michael Fletcher and world-renowned business leaders.

Watch your email inbox, and check our FACEBOOK PAGE and the FRESH PROSE blog over the month of December for more information!

Ah, Socrates!

Posted on: December 17th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”

                       – James Thurber

Ah, Socrates! What a freelance writer he could have been! He is credited with once saying, “The unexamined life if not worth living.”

I don’t know if I would take it THAT far, but December is a perfect time to look back and reflect on our progress over the past year. While this is the time of year when many business owners love to kick back and take a bit of well-deserved time off to visit with family and friends, it is also a good time to regroup and make plans for the future.

Since it is really hard sometimes to know exactly where to start, here is a link to one of the very best no-cost self-assessment tools available. Many thanks to our friends at Neworld Coaching for providing this YEARLY SELF-ASSESSMENT!

CLICK HERE to access a PDF copy of this tool and take a look!

We wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

~Deborah @ rewriter.ca

P.S. Need some help to focus on your goals, manage your time and get things done? Check out  PAINLESS!  from rewriter.ca and Neworld Coaching!

 

Author Trivia for November: Great Ladies of Literature!

Posted on: November 26th, 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 authors and book titles from the quotes below? Email us with the answer and we’ll send you back a prize.

Here’s a BIG hint: they are ALL Canadian and they are all female!

“You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair. People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.”

“Privacy is a privilege not granted to the aged or the young.”

“If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.”

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

P.S. Can you hear the people sing? The answer to the last quiz was Victor Hugo.

Canadian English, eh?

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments


Yes, we DO have our own brand of English here in the Great White North. It’s an interesting blend of American English combined with rules that reflect our British roots, with a dash of French, First Nations and immigrant languages for added spice . Here are our TOP TEN things that separate Canadian English from the rest of the pack.

1.    METRIC, of course! Even though we are supposed to have abandoned the old imperial system, we still see height and weight in pounds and feel temperatures better in Fahrenheit. Celsius IS a bit easier to spell and, speaking of spelling, we follow the British spelling for words like kilometre and litre (not meter and liter).

2.    ZED not ZEE! We ALMOST always refer to the last letter of the alphabet as ZED, unless we’re singing that song and we slip up!

3.    TOQUES! We wear them, and we know how to pronounce and spell the word correctly! There are some spellings variations, but this one is the most traditional. It is NOT a TOOK!

4.    U GOT IT! Here’s the most obvious difference: we put the U in honour, humour, valour, colour, and neighbour.

5.    STUDYING? In Canada, we go to college or to university, but in America (and we’re not sure why), the word university isn’t commonly used: post-secondary school is just college. Americans, however, use colourful words like FRESHMAN, JUNIOR and SENIOR that we almost never use.

6.    S or Z? Here’s one time where we tend toward the American side, using the letter Z in words like RECOGNIZE and ADVERTIZE while the letters S tends to be used in British spelling.

7.    DOUBLE L! That silly spell checker never seems to do the same thing twice with these! Canadians do tend to add the extra L in worlds like LEVELLED, TRAVELLED AND JEWELLRY.

8.   SLIP SLIDING AWAY! Okay, in some parts of the country we use the word SLEDDING to mean zooming about on a snow machine. However, we are very unique in having made tobogganing a verb! This French and Mik’maq word is so much more colourful than a drab old sled, isn’t it?

9.    CHESTERFIELD: You saw this coming, right? Unlike our American neighbours, we sit on Chesterfields, where they sit on smaller words like couches and sofas. We prefer that little tie back to the British aristocracy!

10.    EH! Well, that makes the list complete. How could our spoken language ever survive without that little interjection!?!

The Secret is Out…and it’s PAINLESS!

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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THE SECRET IS OUT! 

Last month, we hinted at a new webinar product that’s in the works and now it’s into production! It has a working title and logo AND we’ve finalized that we’ll team up with the folks at NEWORLD COACHING to present and produce the recordings.

This is a three-part video series, complete with workbooks, which will help ANYONE to complete their goals, manage their time and get everything on your list accomplished— even if your to-do list is longer than your cellphone contract.

PART ONE will focus on setting realistic goals and will explain the entire system that Neworld Coaching has been teaching clients for more than 10 years.

PART TWO will teach the art of Time Management and show you how to use planning and scheduling to get everything done and still have time to spare.

PART THREE will show you how to follow through with your plans and motivate you to accomplish them.

During the first week in December we will make this video series available to the general public at a cost of $99. Meanwhile, we’ve just launched a pre-sale of 100 copies to our clients, friends and associates for the low cost of $60. This pre-sale will end when we’ve sold the first 100 copies or when the series is released during the first week of December.

Here’s what you’ll receive with both packages:

  • Zip file with 3 video recordings (at least one hour each)
  • 3 workbooks
  • BONUS FIVE MINUTE FIXES eBook from rewriter.ca
  • BONUS How to Create PASSIVE INCOME video series from Neworld
  • BONUS ONLY FOR PRE-SALE: NEWORLD’S  complete 13 hr recording of Meetings with the Masters, a series personal interviews between Neworlds’s Michael Fletcher and world-renowned business leaders.

Watch your email inbox, and check our FACEBOOK PAGE and the FRESH PROSE blog over the month of November for more information!

Remembrance Day November Word Find

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Here’s our NOVEMBER Word Search puzzle!

FIVE Must-haves for Your Next Copy Writing Project

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

                       – Leonardo da Vinci

Will YOU be writing any marketing emails or updating your website copy this month? Here are a few reminders to help you with your next writing project.

–    Remember that you are writing TO someone, not just about a topic. Tailor your approach so that you are speaking directly to them.
Write in the first and second person, using words like YOU and WE. Try to avoid using the third person. For instance, write: “You never know when you will need a widget” and NOT “One never knows when he will need a widget.”

–    Be as clear, brief and informative as you can and show that you have a personality! Avoid passive language like “A good time was had by all.”

There are also FIVE essential elements that you absolutely need
to include in your sales copy, and they work best if you organize
them into the following order:

FIRST, show them that you both understand their needs AND that
you can fulfil them. Relate to their problems by explaining a
common scenario that will show you the kind of problem you can
solve.

SECOND, empathize both with them and their problem.

THIRD
, offer a solution to the problem.

FOURTH, explain your solution and why how they will benefit.

FIFTH, include next steps that tell them what to do next.

Finally, do expect to go back over and over again to revise your
work until it is well polished and you’re happy with the result. In
addition to eliminating any grammatical or structural errors, you
also need to be sure that it sounds well and is inviting and
enticing to your reader. I encourage you to follow these
suggestions and you’ll be pleased with the result. 

Deborah@rewriter.ca

P.S. Need help with your next copy writing project? Why not try a FIRST JOB FREE from rewriter.ca?

 

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!