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The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words

The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words

Why HR Struggles to Get Its Point Across | The Tim Sackett Project I like telling stories, it’s one of my favorite things to do. I also love listening to stories. If I’m ever in a Barnes and Noble and someone is reading a story out loud to a bunch of kids in the kid’s section, on those little benches – you can bet I’ll be pushing 3 kids off a bench, sitting front row captivated chewing on one of my fingers, listening intently. Great story telling is a skill, and one that most people can learn if they give themselves enough chances, and feel some deep emotion about the story they want to share. So, what does this have to do with HR and our ability to be heard? Seth Godin recently had this to say on this blog: “A statement of fact is insufficient and often not even necessary to persuade someone of your point of view.” Powerful statement all by itself. More from Seth: Politicians, non-profits and most of all, amateur marketers believe that all they need to do to win the day is to recite a fact. But they still have the property you want, and you lose.

Artless Fiction Defining Artless Fiction: 24 Basic Differences Between Literary & Mainstream/Genre Writing By Janet Paszkowski While I was attending my first creative writing class, the professor noticed a how-to craft fiction book in my backpack. If you rely on books like that your stories will be artless. Artless? Was he implying that my writing would be free from deceit, natural maybe ingenious? Most likely he was insinuating that my writing would be inartistic, crude ouch! As a visual arts graduate, fiction writer and poet, I embrace a diverse learning style no matter the medium. Happily, in the ensuing years since completing my first creative writing course, the gap between literary and mainstream writing camps has narrowed. Its not what or whom writers look to for artful direction that is important; what matters most is how they proportion and develop what they find in the literary theory chests and/or prescriptive mainstream/genre vaults into their unique writing style and voice.

Ten ways to make your news stories more memorable « The Creative Kitty {*style:<b> A few ways you can make news stories stand out… </b>*} We tend to forget that simple fact when writing news stories in internal communications. It’s easy enough to do when press releases are shoved under your nose, bullet points sent through on an email or something mentioned in a meeting. But stories are so much more memorable when you’re able to illustrate how a story has made a difference to an organisation’s people – whether that’s clients, stakeholders, investors or employees. Organisations don’t exist in vacuums they interact and affect others, often in significant ways whether that’s financially, environmentally or otherwise. There is nothing more powerful than hearing about projects and stories that have made a difference to people. Events that can be portrayed as the actions of individuals will be more attractive than one in which there is no such “human interest.” We’ve established news is about people so there’s no harm in making it a bit more personal.

To New Writers, With Love « Living Proof Ministries Blog After a fourteen-month break and a gracious God willing, I’m about to duck my head back under a stack of books and commentaries and drain a heap of ink cartridges dry as I peck, type, and tap my fingernails on my desk toward another Bible study. When I was 30 years old, the thought of the first one never occurred to me. After that one was finished and originally placed on a shelf, I didn’t imagine a second one. It’s not that writing had never crossed my mind. Because my maternal grandmother lived with us, my mom wasn’t obliged to stuff all of us kids in the station wagon every time she went to the grocery store. We, of course, were forced to bathe or shower every day and we often did so two by two, rather like a reverse Noah’s Ark. What skin you had left when it was over was usually exfoliated by the brisk drying off. Five and six years old, I wrote fastidiously in my own brand of cursive. Writing came easier back then. As I grew up, my interests widened. I’ve never mastered writing. Or

Ultimate list of online content readability tests “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’” Can you read the above paragraph easily? If so, count yourself one of the lucky literate. While the CIA’s The World Factbook may put the literacy rate of most highly developed nations at 99%—where those age 15 and older can read and write—that doesn’t account for how many can read and write well, or even comfortably. If you want what you write to influence the most people possible, you must take readability into account. What’s readability? Here’s a fun exercise in lack of readability: search online for a simple definition of it. I bet we can simplify things. Readability is how easy your writing is to read. What influences readability? Readability depends on lots of things… …and so on. But you can control how you write.

Submission Guidelines | snailmailreview Current Submission Deadline: June 30, 2014 **Update** As of August 1, 2013, Snail Mail Review is now accepting e-mail submissions. Mail Submissions: Send no more than five poems, each not exceeding 35 lines, or up to seven pages (max: 1500 words) of short fiction to the address below. Mail Submissions to: Snail Mail Review c/o Poetry Editor OR Short Fiction Editor 1694 Augusta Pointe Dr. On-line Submissions: Send no more than five poems, each not exceeding 35 lines, or up to seven pages (max: 1500 words) of short fiction. E-mail submissions to: Headsmacking Tip #21: Write Better Headlines Than Anyone Else This tactic is so simple and obvious, it's probably illegal somewhere. Every day, the web produces millions of pieces of content. Several thousand are almost certainly of interest to folks in your niche - those who might be reading your blog or sharing the content you produce. Creating unique stories requires creativity, research and time that many in the field don't have. Here's how it works: Step 1: Get Informed Follow the right accounts of Twitter for your niche (those that share a lot of good stuff) Set up some smart Google Alerts (particularly "news" and "blog" alerts) Subsrcibe to Google News' subsections if there's an appropriate one Use aggregation services like Reddit's subreddits, PopURLs, Topsy, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Metafilter, Alltop, etc. E.g. Step 2: Choose the Best Pieces Each Day/Week Find stories that have high overlap with your audience's interests Don't exclude things that aren't "on topic!" E.g. Step 3: Rewrite the Headline Phenomenally Well E.g. E.g. p.s.

Submission Guidelines & FAQ | Magazine Tin House Theme Issues We accept submissions September 4 through May 31, and, as always, our summer and winter issues are not themed (see below for the inevitable exception to the rule). We consider each submission for all upcoming issues regardless of theme. If you wish to be considered for a particular theme, please make a note in your cover letter. We have provided suggested deadlines for each theme issue, but please be aware that these fill up fast, so get your theme-issue submissions in as soon as possible. Tin House is now reading for the Fall, 2014 issue, with a theme of Tribes. We are also reading for our open, non-themed Summer, 2014 issue. Submission Guidelines Please submit only one story or essay (ten-thousand-word limit), or up to five poems at a time. Tin House does accept simultaneous submissions. Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication. Manuscripts transmitted via fax or e-mail will not be accepted for consideration.

The 7 C’s of Great Internal Communication Welcome to this week’s Discuss HR, the HR blog written for and by members of Human Resources UK. Firstly, a bit of group business. Look out for the announcement tomorrow when I will release details of the forthcoming networking events. As always they’re free to attend; just for those involved in HR; and are sales free environments. I promised last week not to make any mention to the Olympics, but I’m afraid I have been completely swept up by how amazing it has been. The performances of the athletes has been nothing short of outstanding. The 7 C’s of Great Internal Communication Before I share these Cs with you I need to get something off my chest. Just because you communicate every day doesn’t mean that you are automatically great at it… Ouch! Though these seven points can apply to all communication, in this article I want to pay attention to how HR and management can improve the quality of their internal communication, particularly in this time of constant change. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.