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Wicked Means Good?

Posted on: June 25th, 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 identify the author and his (there’s a hint right there) work where the word “wicked” was first used in literature to mean “good?”

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

P.S. The answers to last month’s quiz were Agatha Christie and R.L. Stine.

Aw, Shucks!

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

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Get It Write: The Condensed Version

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No 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!

If you’re like me, chances are that you absolutely CRINGE when you hear a youth (and many adults!) say, “Me and John are going to the movies.” Of course that is wrong, but WHY is it wrong?

Here’s an easy way to make sure that you’re right and to share your knowledge. In this sentence, you are the subject. YOU are going to the movies and, if it weren’t for John, you would have said, “I am going to the movies” and never “Me is going to the movies.”
The sentence doesn’t change at all when you add John. So your test is to take the other person out of the sentence, where you’ll be able to decide very easily which is correct. Then, add your buddy John back in and you’re ready to go!

Next month, we’ll deal with the slightly more difficult topic of whether to use “I” or “me” as an object.

Just In Time for Father’s Day!

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

to access this month’s PRINT ME Puzzle!

              Here’s our JUNE Word Search puzzle!

RESUME-Writer is Born!

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe 4 Comments

Isn’t it interesting how a number of requests for the same thing can evolve into the offering of a new product or service?

Several of those FIRST JOB FREE letters also came with a request for an accompanying resume but, not unlike our BIO-Writer service, we just can’t produce a professional resume within the one-hour framework allowed for aFIRST JOB FREE.

So, the idea for a new RESUME-Writer service is born! We should have this ready to launch by the end of the summer, so watch the July issue of Timed Write for further details.

We are also hard at work on our E@sy eZines product, which is an extensive undertaking. We plan for an autumn launch of this as well.

You can sign up for a sneak peek at E@sy eZines through our 13 WAYS IN 13 DAYS program and check out the image below for a look at the marketing we’ve been creating.


Timed Write to the Letter

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments



“I consider it a good rule for letter-writing to leave unmentioned what the recipient already knows, and instead tell him something new.”
- Sigmund Freud

            Timed Write…to the Letter!

It COULD be the time of year, but it seems like almost every FIRST JOB FREE request this past week has been to write a business letter. Personally, I LIKE to receive requests like this because, for me, writing business letters is a simple process and it usually takes me much less time to complete than the one hour allowed.

This task is not so easy for everyone, however, so keep in mind that, like other forms of business writing, letters have a two-fold objective: to deliver a message and to ask the reader to take action. Let’s take a few minutes to summarize some helpful hints to remember about writing business letters.

1.    Write concisely, specific and complete

2.    Use an active voice with varied, interesting sentences

3.    Be correct in your facts and include relevant information

4.    Use a positive tone and don’t sound condescending

5.    For Pete’s sake, PROOFREAD at least THREE times!

A business letter is a direct representation of both your company and yourself, so be sure that your message comes across as well as possible. Your reader does not have the advantage of hearing your tone of voice or interpreting your body language, so writing effectively is the best tool that you have to make a lasting positive impression.

P.S. If the thought of writing a business letter makes your eyes glaze over, why not try a FIRST JOB FREE and let us do it for you!

Author Trivia with a New Twist!

Posted on: May 29th, 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 world’s best-selling fiction author? It is NOT Stephen King or Dan Brown, by the way.

How about the author who has sold the most children’s books? It was NOT J.K. Rowling!

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

P.S. TThe answer to last month’s quiz was Edgar Allan Poe.If you can name which of his works contained each of these characters (Lasalle, Luchesi, L’Espanaye, Ligeia and Legrand), send us an email and we’ll reward you with an even BETTER prize that we offered for correct trivia answers.

13 ways to do WHAT in 13 days?

Posted on: May 27th, 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!

to get started!

Ask us about how to use HYPHENS!

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe 1 Comment

Hyphens (not to be confused with dashes) are pretty simple punctuation marks to use; however they are commonly misused! Let’s make a quick review of how to properly use these tools, which are often virtually ignored by those notorious computer spell-checkers.

There are several common uses, of which most of us are already aware:

1-Compound Adjectives: When two (or more!) words form an adjective together and come directly before a noun, they are sometimes referred to as compound modifiers and they almost always require a hyphen. Here are a few examples:

The robe was made of fire-resistive materials.
They signed a long-term contract.

If the adjectives were placed after the noun, then the hyphen wouldn’t be required at all, as in:

The robe is fire resistive.
The business contract was long term.

2-Numbers as Adjectives and Nouns: This is an easy rule to remember. When an age is used either as an adjective or a noun, it requires a hyphen. Let’s look at adjectives first.

The two-year-old horse won the race.
The two-year-old boy cried all the way home.

When the noun is implied, as in the case of referring to the horse or the boy as a two-year-old, the hyphens stay. However if the age comes after a noun and verb, the hyphen is NOT required. Let’s rewrite the sentences:

The horse is two years old.
The boy is two years old.

3-Using Hyphens with Prefixes
: This is a rather touchy one, as these MIGHT work without the hyphens in some cases, so whenever you run into one of these, it could be well worth taking the extra ten seconds required to research and make sure that your use of a hyphen is warranted. Traditionally, we use hyphens with prefixes like “mid” and “ex” and sometimes “re.” Here are a few examples:

The mid-1920s was an exciting time in history.
My ex-wife is very beautiful.

How many times to you plan to re-read that newspaper?

In the case of the final example, it is becoming more acceptable to drop the hyphen with many “re” words. Even reread slips through the spell checker just fine, as do words like “reinvent,” “reintroduce” and “rewrite.” In this ONE instance, I would concur with the spell-checker and leave the hyphen in my head.

4-Other Uses: There are also a few other miscellaneous uses for hyphens, for which we’ve included a few examples below:

- Writing numbers (from twenty-one to ninety-nine)
- Prefixes that precede a word with a capital letter, as in “anti-Russian”
- Joining a single letter to word, as in “x-ray” and “A-frame”

As usual, there are exceptions to these rules as well…especially with regard to the Internet and that ubiquitous “e” prefix. Several years ago, we dropped the hyphen from email and eBook, but the hyphen still remains in words like e-commerce.

When in doubt, check your nearest grammar and style guides!

PRINT ME Puzzle for May

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


Just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada…

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

              Here’s our MAY Word Search puzzle!