Becoming a Better Writer Series: Writing More Effective Sentences

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In this Dutchgirl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, we’ve looked at many issues already. Today, we’re focusing on the very foundation of writing: sentences. Let’s start by defining what I mean by effective sentences: An effective sentence has rhythm, communicates the message you want to get across and invites the reader to read further. Three goals to achieve then, in order to make a sentence effective. How to go about this? Four things matter: ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Do You Have Rhythm?

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] This year, I finally did something that had been on my to do list for a long time: I started learning to play the drums. You know what’s the hardest when you start out? To keep a steady rhythm. It’s not the technical stuff that’s hardest to master, like how to hold the drum sticks, or how to do a fill. It’s sticking to the beat—the steady rhythm of the music. It’s easy to lose the beat, to go a ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Stop Using a Double Space After a Period

Stop Using a Double Space After a Period

[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] I recently edited a couple of articles for a blog and it struck me again how many people use a double space after a period. It’s not something you encounter occasionally, it’s something I see a lot. When you Google on whether to use single or double spacing after a period (or any kind of punctuation mark really), you’ll find opposing views. Some claim the double spacing is fine, but the majority ... Continue Reading

Do You Know How to Write Correctly?

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We blog and write something at least once a day. Yet do we really know the English language correctly? I read a lot of blogs and one of my biggest pet peeves is finding incorrect grammar or spelling.  I'm not saying I'm a scholar, I just wish we knew how to write better and correctly more often!  You're, your is one of the worst or is it worse examples.  Here is a guide on how to write better - A to X How to Write Better. A few rules I found quite interesting: ... Continue Reading

My Personal Experience with Desk

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During my recent travels through Romania, I’ve had the opportunity to use a new indie app called Desk.pm for my writing. Simple, but powerful is its tagline, and I’ve experienced first-hand its effect of making people fall in love with writing, again. I’ve written longer blog posts last week than I have for more than a year before.  The focus of the app is simple: words. Simplicity is not a new trend in writing world software, but following web apps like svbtle and ghost.io on the web, Desk ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Attack of the Notorious Homonyms

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Attack of the Notorious Homonyms

[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] English is a horrible language. There, I’ve said it. The reason it’s such a difficult language to learn is because words that are spelled the same, are pronounced differently. Or words sound similar, but look nothing alike in spelling. Or the worst: they are spelled exactly the same, but are pronounced in various ways depending on their meaning. Three examples: ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: 3 Words You Can (Almost) Always Cut

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In the previous post in this series on Becoming a Better Writer, I explained the importance of tightening your writing. One of the easiest ways to do that, is to cut words you don’t need anyway. There are a few notorious words that you can often cut or rewrite without changing the meaning of your sentence. Often you even strengthen your writing as an added bonus, since you’re becoming more precise. ... Continue Reading

Desk: A Simple & Powerful Publishing App

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Back some 10 years ago when I started blogging I struggled with the whole process of things. I wasn’t keen on writing (I didn’t hate writing anymore, as I did when I was a kid), so finding the time to sit down and hammer on the keys till I had a full article was a pain in the neck. Especially, with all the distractions of the Internet at hand! Over time, I learned some strategies and methods to help me with the process of writing so it was more pleasurable to make articles so the process of ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Tightening Your Writing

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] ‘Less is more’ is a credo that’s true for many things, including writing. If you’re writing fiction, it’s one thing to be verbose. But if you’re writing non-fiction and especially if you’re blogging, it pays to be able to state your point in as little words as possible. There are three reasons why tightening your writing is essential: ... Continue Reading

Desk PM [GIVEAWAY!]

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To put it simply, Desk PM is a bridge between a writer and their online platform. This hawt little Mac app wires-up to a multitude of online platforms and helps writers focus on what they love to do best: write. Desk PM removes all the clutter. Removes all the distractions. Removes all the noise. And presents the writer with a beautiful canvas that's just waiting to be crafted upon. Presenting, Desk PM ... and we have a few copies to give away! ... Continue Reading