Archive for the ‘tips’ Category

No speak no Bulgarian

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Bulgarian, guidelines, language, tips

If your system tells you that Bulgarian is not available, try using the Style drop down under the “file” button on Word, to select apple-style-span. This has to be done every time.

Please do a spelling and grammar check in Word before sending your article through. Ensure that your system is set to American or USA English. The diagram shows you how to do that.

Common mistakes everyone makes

Posted: September 23, 2010 in common mistakes, tips

“people get paid”

Paid is not a noun. You can only “get” a noun. You ARE paid. She IS paid.

“he got tired”

He BECAME tired. She WAS tired.

Generalizations and opinions are not allowed: EVERYONE does not necessarily like blue curtains. Most people might like blue curtains, but not everyone. Just like not ALL men are the same (sorry girls, had to be politically correct even if we don’t agree 😉 )

While we understand that it may sometimes be difficult to make a word count, there are some words that are used as fillers that make your writing look bad. People sometimes use profanities and it is said that they have a bad command of their language – these words have the same effect:

about – rather use approximately, estimated, nearly
just – rather use only, a mere
very – highly, seriously

If all else fails, do a synonym check in Word. Type the word on a sheet, right click, click on synonyms. See diagram:

Power writing tips

Posted: September 23, 2010 in common mistakes, sentence structure, tips

Please proofread your work before sending it in and make sure that your writing makes sense. This week has seen many incomplete and run-on sentences which are NOT allowed. We had many articles rejected because of this. Below are a few mistakes I found and corrected. Please do not feel bad if I used your work – we use everyone’s experiences to enhance one another:

WRONG: Zinc is known to activate hundreds of genes it can also be used in the treatment of viral diseases and tumors.
RIGHT: Zinc is known to activate hundreds of genes. It can also be used in the treatment of viral diseases and tumors.

WRONG: These items could be kept in any of the closets that have space in them. Even if they have to be packed into boxes and stored in the garage.
RIGHT: These items could be kept in any of the closets that have space in them, even if they have to be packed into boxes and stored in the garage.

WRONG: To create a strong sense of community spirit.
RIGHT: This enables the creation of a strong community spirit.

Power writing tips

Posted: September 23, 2010 in guidelines, tips

* Start your sentences with a power word if possible (not with A, The, or Sometimes and not the keyword)

* A sentence should not be longer than 20-25 words.

* Write in full sentences. If you are writing a review on a printer, don’t write “The cartridge. This is the ink” These sentences make no sense. A full sentence would be “The cartridge contains the ink.”

Writing styles

Posted: September 23, 2010 in guidelines, tips, writing styles

Here some ideas for writing styles you can use:
1. Tips (e.g. 7 Tips about …)
2. Q&A (think of 3 to 4 questions that somebody in your market might ask)
3. Reviews (book, product, movie, etc.)
4. How to… e.g. How to use interest rate parity to trade Forex, How to stop losing in Forex, How to profit consistently from Forex forever etc.
5. Top 10 Lists (or “Top 5,” “Top 7,” etc.) e.g. Top 7 most tradable and profitable currencies, Top 10 Forex trading mistakes, Top 5 advice for Forex traders etc.
6. 7 Steps To…. (or 3 Steps, 5 Steps, etc) and Simple Ways e.g. 5 steps to profitable Forex trading, 3 simple ways to overcome trading psychology, 5 steps to master forex trading, 4 simple ways to building a profitable automated Forex trading system etc.
7. Mistakes, Traps, How NOT To… (Negative) e.g. Top Forex Trading Mistakes one should avoid, money management mistakes one must avoid, avoid these top 3 mistakes in currency trading etc.
8. Myths about… (Attack what people believe to be true) e.g. 10 common myths about forex trading, top 5 myths to be a professional Forex trader etc.
9. Rules/Laws e.g. 5 Laws of Profitable Forex Trading, golden rules of forex trading, 5 golden rules of technical analysis etc.
10. Warning Signs e.g. Forex Trading – 5 warning signs that need your attention, 3 warning signs that you are overtrading etc.
11. Top Tricks and Techniques e.g. Top tricks of the successful traders, 5 top tricks in using technical indicators, 5 money management techniques to profit in forex etc. 12. Unorthodox. e.g. 5 Unorthodox Forex trading tips, 5 Unorthodox ways to create Forex trading system yourself, 3 Unorthodox methods you can use to gain advantages over other Forex Traders etc.