FREE Resources For Writers & Bloggers

Well, I’m slowly updating my website. It needs quite an overhaul, but trust me, dear readers, I’m working on it! The biggest elephant I just tackled was my FREE RESOURCES page. I’ve curated Pinterest boards and Evernote notebooks to give you guys lots of great resources for writing, blogging, social media, author platform, marketing, etc. You’re welcome. 🙂

You can check out my FREE RESOURCES page by clicking HERE. This page will also lead you to my FAVORITE BLOGS, FREE BLOGGER RESOURCES, and FREE WRITER RESOURCES. Yes, you’ll have to dig around a bit to find exactly what you want, but at least I’ve organized it all by tags and visuals. Hooray!

I hope these resources will guide you in your writing and blogging endeavors. Feel free to share these resources with fellow writers. And, should you ever have questions or would like to work with me, then you can CONTACT ME HERE.

I have a very exciting announcement coming up soon! Until then, enjoy the free resources! xx

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Self-Editing in 9 Easy Steps

(As previously seen on the HelaWrite blog.)

I write EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even if it’s texting, I consider that a form of writing. Most of the time, however, I write at least an e-mail and blog post each day. Culturally, many of us have become lazy in regards to self-editing/proofreading what we write. In a world where our version of shorthand is “TTYL” or “U” for “You,” abbreviations are the gateway to lazy writing and lazy editing.

Let’s change that.

Since the age of 12, I’ve taken self-editing very seriously. I’m nowhere near perfect, but my “editing detective eyes” have become better and better as time has progressed. Taking your own communications seriously will prompt others to take you seriously, too. Trust me on this one.

I’ve created some resources to help you out with self-editing. These resources don’t replace another set of eyes (or a professional editor), but they will help immensely, especially if you’re helter skelter when it comes to your own writing.

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This checklist is simple and straightforward:

1. Check spelling—don’t rely on spell check for everything, either!

2. Check grammar—ditto to the above ^

3. Proofread your article, e-mail, blog, etc. at least 3xs—don’t be lazy!

4. Review the context/meaning of your wording
-Did you use the right words? (See the common grammar mistakes info graphic below)
-Do you have misplaced/dangling modifiers? http://www.writingcentre.uottawa.ca/hypergrammar/msplmod.html
-Is your message clear and concise?
-Did you cut/edit unnecessary wording?

5. Check your dates & times (if applicable)

6. Check your sources (if applicable)

7. Check your links (if applicable) NO ONE appreciates a broken/incorrect link

8. If you are sending an e-mail, double check your recipient list (and if it’s not an inter-office communication, best practice is to BCC recipients to protect privacy)

9. If working in a Word/Pages document, save often

You can find my checklist on Evernote (I’ve shared it publicly) by clicking HERE. Feel free to copy it to your own Evernote notebook so you can actually use the check boxes that are not shown in this post.

I’ve also made an infographic (my first!) about common grammar mistakes. Check it out by clicking HERE.

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There are, of course, so many more elements to editing, but this is a great start. The resources here can definitely get you through your next e-mail or blog post. However, if you find yourself in need of a professional editor, well…you know where to find me. Happy editing!

Monday Motivation: Read this Cool Stuff IV

(As previously seen on the HelaWrite blog.)

Happy Monday to all you readers!

I’m continuing the Monday Motivation series and have some great articles for you to read. They’re all brilliant! Take a break, grab a snack, and put everything on hold while you take a few minutes to read each one.

1. How to Sell Loads of Books by Russell Blake, Suspense Writer

This post is exactly what every aspiring and active writer needs to read. Even if you’re traditionally published, there’s so much to learn from it. Russell Blake shares his personal experience in regards to independently publishing his books. He doesn’t beat around the bush and is very honest. Though it’s a longer reader than most blog posts, it’s worth your time. I think I need to read it again myself. I’ve already sent it to all my clients and writer friends.

2. Top 10 WordPress Plugins That You Need To Be Using In 2014 by Jeff Bullas

I love Jeff Bullas’s blog! This is yet another great post on his site, written by Mr. Bullas himself. Since I do all my own IT and design my websites and blogs by myself, I am always on the lookout for advice about everything techy–specifically advice that will make my life easier and my lack of tech skills almost unnoticeable. Read this post to learn more about WordPress plugins that will help your WordPress site or blog get to the next level.

3. 25 Ways to Marketing Your Business for Free by Marlee Ward

Though I’d prefer the title to read: 25 Ways to [Market] Your Business for [Nearly] Free, I’m not going to be overly picky. The author admits up front that some of the methods she writes about are not necessarily “free,” especially in regards to spending time on said methods. And we all know that time=money. However, the tips and examples she gives in the post are very creative, cost-effective, and just plain do-able. Read the article to get some ideas as you tweak your marketing/PR plan for this quarter.

I hope you find these articles as useful as I. Keep pressing on towards those goals and you’ll see them accomplished! And go ahead–treat yourself to that 3rd cup of coffee this afternoon. It’s Monday, so why not?

A Plethora of FREE Resources

(As previously seen on the HelaWrite blog.)

If you’ve ever watched The Three Amigos, then you can appreciate the word “plethora” in this post’s title. Here’s a clip for your enjoyment, before I share a plethora of resources with you:

Click HERE for the definition of plethora if you still don’t know what it means.

And now, for the best part: FREE resources! Who doesn’t like free? If you’re an Evernote user, or just use the Internet (insert sarcastic giggle here), then this is for you.

I am an avid Evernote user, and I’ve created a public notebook chock full of great resources–just for you! If you’re looking for business, entrepreneur, writing, SEO, or marketing advice, then this is definitely something you’ll want to check out. During the month of February, I had several friends and colleagues ask me for advice about social media strategy, among other topics. And for each person, I directed her or him to my special, FREE RESOURCES public notebook.

Access the notebook by clicking HERE.

It’s super easy to use. If you already have Evernote, simply “join” the notebook. If you do not use Evernote, that’s cool. You’ll turn over to the bright side soon. In the meantime, you can view the notebook without registering for an account. 

I hope you find these resources helpful and useful. I’m constantly collecting great articles, etc., with all of you in mind, and add something new every week. So, take advantage of the FREE advice and strategy input.

You’re welcome.

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