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It’s time I came out of the closet. I have been suffering with this secret for years. While society is more accepting of people who dare to follow their hearts and be different, there is still stigma attached to this secret I have been harboring. Once I reveal it, I know my parents will love me the same. My sister and brother, too. Even my friends. But there are narrow-minded, prejudiced and discriminatory people who will shun me. But still, I must be true to who I am. Therefore, I am officially coming out of the closet as a self-published author.             Did you think I was coming out of the closet as a lesbian? I already did that twenty years ago. It was and remains very natural for me to present myself to the world as a gay woman. But coming out as a self-published author has been more difficult.             Why is that so when the following are true:  &nb......

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“I cannot stop myself from clicking away from this website whenever I have to visit it.  Just looking at it makes me furious,” complained one of my clients.

My client was in the target market for the management consultancy – but their website raised her ire, not her interest.

No wonder.  This website had committed three of the deadliest design sins.  It was almost unreadable.

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Lurking inside your vocabulary are a few words that can smother your writing in a layer of content-free fluff.

These innocent-looking words force your readers to peer through them to get to your meaning.

Let’s shine a bright light on these false friends so you can avoid their ensnarements.

 

 

Very

Surprised?  Surely “very” strengthens your point?  Surely, adding “very” is like underlining and bolding your key words?

No, it isn’t.

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*This is the second of four essays dealing with the death of a parent Dad was born on June 25, 1933. The second son of David and Shirley Lewis and younger brother to Hartley. He ran track excelling at the hundred meters. When his father went bankrupt he put himself through school and studied numbers. He went from being an accountant with an office in the basement of our Long Island home to running a multimillion-dollar hotel and apartment conglomeration. He went from being the son of a man who lost everything to a man who was valued at seven figures. My father's life has always been about numbers. It was numbers that introduced him to his wife, Beverly. They met when he was a treasurer and she was a banker. Together they would structure multimillion-dollar deals. One of the greatest introductions in the history of the world, Beverly stuck by his side to care for him, to struggle with him, to love him unconditionally. When Dad knew he would have to go from two days of dialysis ......

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Here are a few more oxymorons. I culled these from the pages of two newspapers I happen to read this past week: dull roar old news sweet agony loud whisper instant classic I am going to cease listing oxymorons for now. Perhaps, if there is interest, I will take this up again....

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These five oxymorons come from my reading last week of two online national news magazines: intense apathy original copy sweet sorrow grow smaller precious junk  Post your favorites here, too! ...

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You keep staring at that blank screen.

You type a phrase, a sentence.  Then press delete.  The minutes, hours tick by.  Your deadline looms.

How can you find the inspiration, the ideas, the words that you need?

Put away the keyboard

Pick up a pen and begin writing by hand.    

“Handwriting activates massive regions of the brain that are involved in thinking, language and working memory,” says Virginia Berninger, a professor of educational Read more

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You will be amazed by how much writing you can do if you eliminate distractions.

These are my top ten tactics:

1. Set up your desk properly.

Remove all the things that you don’t need, like old paperwork. And get the things that you do need, like pens, paper and coffee.

2. Turn off your phone.

3. Turn off your emails.

4. Turn off your internet browser.

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