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Writing and Googling

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Writers (and everyone else): use the research resources that are available. And extend them. Mark this one under the non-existent tag of #a-writing-basic-that-I-feel-compelled-to-write-about-just-for-the-record or something like that. Writers: Google stuff before you write. Google stuff while you are writing. Google stuff after you have finished writing. This is not a paid commercial […]

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Analog Had Its Advantages

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Somteimes I miss the analog days. They covered a lot of my mistakes. Handwritten notes let me fudge and smudge and avoid mistakes—like spelling. I could smudge the “i” and the “e” together and put the dot of the “i” somewhere in the middle, and no one could tell that I didn’t […]

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Tags: Knowledge · Learning · Technology · Work · Writing

Fear of Writing?

January 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I write all the time. I am not afraid to write. One reason is that no one ever told me that I should be afraid to write. Please don’t ever tell anyone they should be afraid. I write. I write everyday. This is the third or fourth piece of writing I am […]

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The $80 Writing Computer

December 26th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A new edition of the cheapest computer in the store finds a small tablet and keyboard for $80. Slow, but sufficient. Want to write a book? Can’t afford a MacBook Pro or Surface Pro or someone-else’s-pro? Here is a writing system for $80. It comprises an Amazon Fire 7″ $50 tablet and […]

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Copyright 0.2—Protecting Your Writing Samples

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Companies will often request a writing sample from potential writer hires. Without adequate notice, the companies have a license to steal. I am writing a few posts about copyright. I am compelled to do so by recent interviews with employers who seem ignorant of copyright basics. There is much good information on […]

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Copyright 0.1—We Don’t Own the Words, but Others Act Like We Do

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Words written in the employ of a company belong to the company. Still, others will ask for them. Beware as you could be an accomplice to theft. I am writing a few posts about copyright. I am compelled to do so by recent interviews with employers who seem ignorant of copyright basics. […]

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The Proposal-Writing Toolkit

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips These are my most recent and most favored proposal-writing tools. In the past few years I have spent some of my time writing proposals for companies seeking government contracts. There are a lot tools available to proposal writers and all other types of writers. Here are my most favored and most productive […]

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Lenovo Reinvents the Portable Computer – part 0.2

October 25th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A look at the Lenovo Yoga Book. This look concentrates on writing with a pen. Lenovo may have reinvented the portable computer with their new Yoga Book. A previous post tested the Halo Keyboard for typing. This post examines how the Yoga Book captures handwriting. The flat plastic panel on the Yoga […]

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Tags: Computing · Writing

Writing—One Step at a Time

August 25th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Contrary to famous success stories, writing comes one step at a time. The writers most of us know are exceptions. I advise everyone else to take things one step at a time. Write a story (fiction) or an essay (non-fiction). Start to finish. Done. Good. We got that out of the way. […]

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To Write is to be Misunderstood

August 11th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sorry, the title of this post is true. Several years ago, I managed a West Coast project from the East Coast. Every day I would send several faxes to the other coast to ask and answer questions. (I wrote that this was several years ago and faxes were the best means of […]

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