Written by Tim North

As a proofreader, I see many ofrepparttar same errors made again and again. Errors in your writing (be they in e-mail or in web site text) are more serious, I believe, than most people realize.

Why? Well,repparttar 129778 standard of your writing has always been important. Today, though, more than ever before, FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT. We are bombarded byrepparttar 129779 written word in its many forms -- books, pamphlets, magazines, signs, e-mail, web sites and many other media.

We are all suffering from information overload and are forced to find ways of screening out as much as we can. We thus tend to make quick decisions on what to read and what not to. First impressions increasingly determine what we read and what we don't, and poor writing leads to a poor first impression.

The following list of tips should help you to avoid some ofrepparttar 129780 most common slip-ups.

1. Capitals: Avoidrepparttar 129781 temptation to capitalize words inrepparttar 129782 middle of a sentence Just To Provide Emphasis Like This. If you want to be more emphatic consider using bold face, italics, color or larger text.

2. Commas: The most common use ofrepparttar 129783 comma is to join together short sentences to make a single longer sentence. We do this with one ofrepparttar 129784 following small joining words: and, or, but, yet, for, nor, or so. For example:

We have finishedrepparttar 129785 work, and we are looking forward torepparttar 129786 weekend.

Notice thatrepparttar 129787 two halves of this sentence could each be sentences in their own right. They thus need to be separated with a comma and joining word. Inrepparttar 129788 next example, though, we don't need a comma:

We have finishedrepparttar 129789 work and are looking forward torepparttar 129790 weekend.

The halves of that sentence could not stand alone, so no comma was used.

3. Ellipsis: The ellipsis is a series of three -- and ONLY THREE -- full stops used to mark missing words, an uncertain pause, or an abrupt interruption. Avoidrepparttar 129791 temptation to use six or seven dots -- it looks amateurish. For example, we write:


Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrie

Every idea we may have stumbled upon one time or another has already been thought of and done by another person.

A story idea you may be thinking of writing into a full-fledge novel right now has a good chance of having been thought of by another writer. She may already be writing about it; he may have already published it.

This is what makes writing interesting -- it's like a big spin-the-bottle game where we --repparttar writers and authors -- take a stab at putting our own brand of originality (or uniqueness) in a theme that's been used so many times.

It's like beating something up until it turns into a pulp; or wringing out a piece of cloth until there's not a drop of water left. And because we're writers, there's no letting up -- we'd continue to write about things that have already been written aboutrepparttar 129777 same way that an obsessed Beatles fan would play "Hey, Jude" over and over on his old phonograph and get absolutely high while singing, "Na na na na na na na...na na na na..Hey Jude..."

It was Heraclitus,repparttar 129778 Greek philosopher who said, "We cannot crossrepparttar 129779 same river twice." And it's true becauserepparttar 129780 second time we cross a river we've crossed before, we're different and so isrepparttar 129781 water. Of course, he was talking aboutrepparttar 129782 theory of repparttar 129783 communication process -- thatrepparttar 129784 change inrepparttar 129785 person who crossedrepparttar 129786 river a year ago was caused by his intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships over time: his field of experience has changed since then. Thus, a year later and he happens to crossrepparttar 129787 same river (or a similar experience/person/situation) again, something has already changed, and it's notrepparttar 129788 same as it was a year ago.

We can apply Heraclitus' philosophy to writing -- there can be thousands of romance books, articles dealing with health care, or books on how to write well, but not one of them are going to bear an exact similarity to another book or article dealing withrepparttar 129789 same subject.

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