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"Covered with" vs "covered in" vs "covered by" The meanings are very similar, and these three prepositions can be used almost interchangeably, particularly in the context of your "The mountain is covered with/in/by snow" example.

"Covered with" vs "covered in" vs "covered by"

But some subtle nuances may apply. When referring to a substance that sticks to another, use in or with, but not by: The actress was covered in blood, or The actress was covered with blood, but not The actress was covered by blood. Another example: The ribs were covered with sauce, orThe ribs were covered in sauce, but notThe ribs were covered by sauce. When referring something that physically protects something else, use with or by, but not in: 10 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing. By Mark Nichol You’ve done it.

10 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing

You’ve finally, triumphantly, typed out “The End.” Congratulations! 25 Writing Competitions You Should Enter. By Mark Nichol Have you completed one or more short stories, poems, or nonfiction pieces?

25 Writing Competitions You Should Enter

Perhaps you’d like some motivation — or to take the next step with them. This post lists writing competitions for 2011 that feature cash prizes of $1,000 or more and, often, publication deals for the winner (plus, for many contests, additional prizes for winners and other contestants). Note, however, that such competitions often require an entry fee (generally $15-$20 per entry), and some require the submitted material to be previously unpublished. Go to the contest Web site for information about costs and other details. The competition can be fierce, but even if you don’t win, the benefits are valuable: Completing and submitting an entry helps you develop word-count precision and deadline discipline. Good luck! Poetry. TheMakingOfALiteraryTranslator. 25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About.

10 Latin Abbreviations You Might Be Using Incorrectly. By Mark Nichol Abbreviations deriving from Latin terms and phrases can be troublesome for us non-Latin speakers.

10 Latin Abbreviations You Might Be Using Incorrectly

Here’s the long and short of the most common short forms adopted into English from the classical language: 1. e.g. This abbreviation of exempli gratia (“for example”) is not only often left bereft of its periods (or styled eg.), it’s also frequently confused for a similar abbreviation you’ll find below. Use e.g. 2. etc. This sloppily formed abbreviation of et cetera (“and so forth”) is often misspelled ect., perhaps because we’re accustomed to words in which c precedes t, but not vice versa.

Refrain from using etc. in an e.g. list; the abbreviations are essentially redundant, and note that etc. is also redundant in a phrase that includes including. Get Your Eagle Eye On: 10 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work. A guest post by Leah McClellan of Peaceful Planet The best blog post I read this morning—of many—is good.

Get Your Eagle Eye On: 10 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work

Very good, actually. It flows. It’s fresh. It has a rhythm that drew me in and made me want to read every word. But how much more enjoyable would it have been if I didn’t have to reread certain sections to make sure I was getting the gist of things? Tripping, stumbling, and hesitating over misspelled words or ill-placed punctuation is like watching a TV show with a shaky cable signal or trying to talk while a cell phone connection is breaking up—the reader is jostled right out of the story the writer is telling.

If the errors are too big or too many, I’m outta there. This writer intentionally broke a lot of rules in his 1100-word article, and he broke them well. Some grammar and punctuation rules can—and should—be broken, when you know what the rules are and how to break them effectively. How to Slash your Writing Time in Half. As a blogger, I need to write a lot of articles.

How to Slash your Writing Time in Half

Fast. Not only do I need a flow of good ideas, I also need time to turn the initial ideas into useful blog posts. It’s sometimes a struggle. Do you want to write faster – without losing quality? Here are 10 tips that can help you to slash your writing time in half: Step 1: Maintain a swipe file of good posts Whenever you see an attractive post, add it to a swipe file. The post you save may be about something that’s completely outside of your blog topic, but it may contain elements that you can use for a blog post – and it will trigger new post ideas. How to Nurture Your Creativity. Novel Ideas. 6 Key Steps To Finding Your Passion As A Writer.

A guest post by Barrie Davenport of Live Bold and Bloom.

6 Key Steps To Finding Your Passion As A Writer

By definition, writers are passionate creatures. Your days are spent huddled over a keyboard, tap tap tapping out portions of your soul and nuggets of your imagination. If you don’t truly love writing, it is darn near impossible to be a good writer. As writers, we are among the fortunate few who are actually doing something we love. Yes there are struggles, both financial and personal.

As much as we love the craft, part of our calling as writers should be to stretch ourselves beyond the calling to write. 6 Common Resume Questions Answered- Monster+HotJobsCanada. 15 Professional Details that Can Land You More Work. Why Having a Pen Name Can Be a Risky Move.