Every Writer http://www.everywritersresource.com Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:48:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 How to Start a Literary Magazine http://www.everywritersresource.com/how-to-start-a-literary-magazine/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/how-to-start-a-literary-magazine/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:59:03 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=7654 Do you want to start your own online literary magazine? Many people have a passion for writing. One of the best ways to connect yourself to writers and meet

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How to Start a Literary Magazine

Do you want know how to start a literary magazine? Many people have a passion for writing. One of the best ways to connect yourself to writers and meet artists is to become an editor of a literary magazine. There are many ways to do this. Some ways are better than others. So here are some things to think about when you are beginning a magazine. I have been the editor of 2 magazines and of course, this site EWR. My first online literary venture was Drunk Duck, in 1999. The magazine ran for 2 years and was very successful. When it closed it was receiving about 15,000 unique visits a month. I was getting about 1000 submissions a month, and it’s success is one of the reasons I had to close the magazine. It was so labor intensive that I simply got overwhelmed and gave up. This article is meant as a step by step on how to start a literary magazine. It is also meant to give you some things to think about, tell you mistakes that I made, and advise you on new developments that will help you.

This is the first article in a series of articles: “How to Build a Successful Money-Making Literary Magazine.” All the articles will be online, but you can only get the complete series by signing up for our mailing list. It’s 100% free, just sign up, and you’ll get all of these steps and more explained in full. For instance, should you go with a blog or a website? What technical skills and tricks will help you. It’s not answered here, but you can find out all you need by signing up.

Step 1

Brainstorm a domain name, magazine name, and mission of your magazine. It is very important to get this right when you start. The name Drunk Duck, believe it or not, was very offensive to some people. I used to get emails, a few a week, telling me that if it wasn’t for the name people would submit their work. Honestly, I didn’t give the name a lot of thought when I started. It was an inside joke between me and a friend, and I thought what the heck. Because of the name I attracted a certain type of writer. Some writers were out there looking for the “New England Journal of Something Something,” or “The Very Serious Review” didn’t want to have Drunk Duck among their publication credits, and that’s understandable. Many writers won’t care, but some will. It’s just something to think about. If you publish high quality work, it won’t matter in the long run, but when you are starting out, your name says a lot about what you think of writing.

One other thing to think about is your magazine’s name will have a great deal of impact on search engine placement. I know it seems unimportant to some, but when you are sitting there checking your email day after day and no one is submitting their work, or visiting your site it will eventually occur to you that maybe the name has something to do with it. This isn’t a gimmick. Pick a name you like and represents what you feel about writing, but remember 2 things. I search engines placement saves you on promotion (I’ll talk about that later) and 2 if you ever plan for some one to read your magazine on their cell phone you might not want the url to be 100 character long.

Step 2

Pick a domain host. This is one of the most important things you will do during this process. If you don’t work on the web right now, you won’t have any clue about domain hosting, and you most likely you won’t care. When I ran Drunk Duck I started on a free site and quickly found that very few people took me seriously. I then switched to a paid host. Switching was a pain again. That host started out cheap and then blew up their prices. I then had to switch again. I have been on domains hosts that have closed before too. It’s not fun. EWR started as the free site everylitmag. It was a tripod site, and I had so much trouble with them. They are expensive, and their features are horrible. I looked at 3 things when I changed the last time to Host Monster.(Disclosure: we are compensated for our review of Hostmonster). 1. Stability 2. Price 3. Options. Stability: You don’t want a company that is always changing or about to close down. 2. You want one that is affordable, of course, 3. You want one that works for you and gives you options.

  1. Put some money into your site. You will save a ton of headache if you just do it right the first time. Don’t go with a free site. If you ever plan on making any money from the site, which you should in, order to keep it running. Buy a domain. In the long run it will save you a lot more.
  2. Do some research and find what will work for you best.
  3. My recommendation is that you go with Host Monster. (Disclosure: we are compensated for our review of Hostmonster). Do your research and I think you will find they are always listed among the top. I love them. They have a ton of free scripts you can use, and it is very easy to use. You can sign up for about 5 or 6$ a month, and their customer support is outstanding. You can live chat with them any time or you can call them if you have a problem. I know They will give you domain name and emails when you site up.

Step 3

Represent your self like a business. I’m bad at this sometimes, but the best way to be taken seriously and start getting traffic and submissions is to be professional. Use a domain name email, set up a newsletter, and develop a missions statement and a statement on how you deal with the works that you will publish. Most literary magazines take first time rights, but with everyone publishing their work on their own sites like twitter, facebooks and blogs you have to decide if you are going to take previously published works, works published on personal sites, and so on. It takes a great deal of thought, but you’ll get these questions. You’ll find that authors will be much more likely to publish their work with you if they don’t know how it will be treated.

Step 4

Design and design. You want to design a logo, at very least to start. You most likely have some idea at this point as to what you want your site to look like, maybe not. For design you can use a whole slew of programs Photoshop is the best.

In the old day we would have used programs like Dreamweaver or even the ancient Microsoft FrontPage. Now however a good amount of the work we do on the web is through software. Much of the time it’s the platform we are creating in. So you may use html5 or drupal, but most of the time people are using WordPress for their site. It’s another reason I like Hostmonster they have a one click WordPress install. So if you want to use the platform everyone else is using, it’s quick and easy.

Step 5 Start building

There is a lot to think about here. If this is the first time you have considered starting a literary magazine or website, sit back and think about what you want before you get into it. If you have already been thinking about it and have made the decision to start, I’ve given you the basics for getting started. Get an idea, get a domain, get program and get started! Good luck.

Or Step 6

Or start a blog. It’s different and the same, but there is a lot you need to know. You can either check out how to build a successful writers blog OR For more info on starting a literary magazine, read our follow up article how to build your literary magazine for success.

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Lucky Barn by Brian Beatty http://www.everywritersresource.com/lucky-barn-brian-beatty/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/lucky-barn-brian-beatty/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:23:28 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=7777 Brian Beatty is the author of two recent poetry collections, Coyotes I Couldn’t See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and Brazil, Indiana (Kelsay Books, 2017). He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. The post Lucky Barn by Brian Beatty appeared first on Every Day Poems.

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Brian Beatty is the author of two recent poetry collections, Coyotes I Couldn’t See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and Brazil, Indiana (Kelsay Books, 2017).

He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Exquisite Corpse for Writers 2 http://www.everywritersresource.com/exquisite-corpse-writers-2/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/exquisite-corpse-writers-2/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:52:01 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=6970 Welcome to our game for writers. It is an Exquisite Corpse. An Exquisite Corpse is a writing or art game where you complete the story, poem or drawing in parts. Each author or artist cannot see the previous artists/writers work. In this case we are writing a poem together. It is a poem about anything....

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Welcome to our game for writers. It is an Exquisite Corpse. An Exquisite Corpse is a writing or art game where you complete the story, poem or drawing in parts. Each author or artist cannot see the previous artists/writers work. In this case we are writing a poem together. It is a poem about anything. This is our second EC. Please try it. Others have had great fun doing this. See our last EC here.

In this case there is no restriction on words. This EC goes until we get to 100. Some numbers may be repeated. If they do they will entered in the order they were received.

Here is how this will work. When you loaded this page there was a number loaded below. It is a random number. In order to play, you will write your random number in the comment below along with 1 line of poetry. For example if your number is 1E, write 1E in the comment with your line of poetry. Write only one line. If you want to write more than one line, reload the page for a new number.

Once we have enough lines between 25 and 100, we will show the results. That means I’ll collect all the lines, put them in order, and then I will publish the poem we have created.

 

Your Number is (write in the comment with your line of poetry)

a

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50 Word Story contest http://www.everywritersresource.com/1st-annual-justine-moritz-50-word-contest/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/1st-annual-justine-moritz-50-word-contest/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:26:10 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=6755 Welcome to the 1st Annual Justine Moritz Literary contest. If you win this contest you win $500 in ads

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Welcome to the 1st Annual Justine Moritz Literary contest. If you win this contest you win $500 in ads on our site and the right to say that you are the winner of this grim horror award. The rules are simple:

50 Words or less
Post in the comments
Deadline is April 17, 2017
Must have a title (does not count in the word count)
Must be scary, clever, awesome….best story wins

We pick the winners. If you win you have 1 year to claim your prize. If you have questions about what to write think of Ms. Moritz. Framed for murder by one of the most famous monsters in history, she confesses under pressure and is executed. This is tortured innocent blood.

Post your stories below. The best stories might be picked out, as we like them, and placed on “tiles” and promoted on our FB and Pinterest pages.

Post your stories below.

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Best Social Networking Sites and Message Boards for Writer http://www.everywritersresource.com/best-social-networking-sites-and-message-boards-for-writer/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/best-social-networking-sites-and-message-boards-for-writer/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:52:26 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=7772 The Best Social Networking Sites and Message Boards for Writers have become more difficult over the last 5-10 years to find. It’s amazing how some very well

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Social Networking Sites and Message Boards for Writer

The Best Social Networking Sites and Message Boards for Writers have become more difficult over the last 5-10 years to find. It’s amazing how some very well established sites just disappeared after Facebook climbed to the top of the mountain. I’m going to avoid added Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, or Facebook to this list. We all know how helpful those sites are for marketing your platform and your work.

On this list are sites that deal with writing directly. These are social networks and sites for authors and writers, and message boards. These sites are essential to writers for other reasons than just marketing opportunities. Too many times we only worry about supporting ourselves by promoting, but we don’t worry about other authors or even the sites who are helping us promote our books and our writing. So go to these sites, become part of their communities and support them by signing up and frequenting them and help them survive as the Best Social Networking Sites and Message Boards for Writers on the web.

Word of warning here: If these networks have you PUBLISH work that shows up on search engines or are broadcast to the larger community, journals and magazines may count this as having published the work. SOME of those publications will then reject your work.

Best Social Networking Sites and Message Boards for Writers

Writing.com

They have been around forever. They have a strong community of authors and writers who can help. You can get some very positive feedback from them. The big ding against them is that they charge for a full service membership. Though you can access some of the features with a free account, you will need to pay $19.95 a year (as last count) to get full use of all their features. Honesty, it’s less than 2$ and it supports a long term community and helpful community on the web.

Book in a Week 

Book in a week is a great community that uses the Moodle platform for writers. If you have ever worked with Moodle you know it’s a fully functioning teaching software that allows you to run writing workshops or really any interactive courses, very efficiently.  Book in a week is certainly worth trying.

Writer’s Café.org

They have been aournd for a very long time. WC exploded in the early 2000s. They in the past had very large community and still do. Anyway, they encourage you to share your work.

Writertopia 

Social Networking community for writers that allows you to create profiles and join groups. They also have experts that write informative articles. Also allows you to create and post your writing. A new site.

Zoetrope All Story

Ok, about 30 years ago the amazing Francis Ford Coppola (yes director of the Godfather and other award winning films) started this magazine.  If I remember correctly from their old invitations to the site, they wanted you to post entries of stories, and then they got feedback from the community, and some of those stories were turned into screen plays. I think it’s the same idea now.

The Writing Room

Social Networking community for writers that allows you to create profiles and join groups. They also have experts that write informative articles. Also allows you to create and post your writing.

Writertopia 

Social Networking community for writers that allows you to create profiles and join groups. They also have experts that write informative articles. Also allows you to create and post your writing. A new site.

AbcTales 

Write your story, post a story.

Message Boards for Writers

These are the top message boards for writers. We are judging here by how they help writers, and how much traffic they have. Most here are very popular, and they usually have published writers helping as well as online courses. Our message board is the last on the list. It is new, and if you have time sign up to help us out.

Writer’s Digest Forum

Hugely popular message boards for writers. They have been around for many years.

Absolute Write

Message boards for writers, very popular. A very large, active and helpful forum of published and unpublished writers. I would honestly say this group is the best group of writers on the web, and they are our competitors. Great advice here.

National Novel Writing Month Forum

Message boards for writers.

Writers.net Message Boards 

Message boards for writers, very popular.

Writers Weekly Message Boards

Message boards for writers, very popular.

Every Writer 
We had a large and thriving community at one time, but we had some real technical issues. First our code broke, whatever that means, then we couldn’t update, then we were swarmed by so many spam bots while we were using outdated security that the community basically has to be shut down.  Every Writer

So here is our new fledgling community. Please please please help us help it grow!

If you have a suggestion on adding sites to this list of Best Social Networking and Message boards for writers, please leave a comment, and we will add all worthy suggestions.

 

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2 Sentence Story Creative Writing Prompt for Your Cellphone http://www.everywritersresource.com/2-sentence-story-creative-writing-prompt-cellphone/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/2-sentence-story-creative-writing-prompt-cellphone/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:58:01 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=7768 Before we begin, I just want to say how proud I am of the title 2 Sentence Story Creative Writing Prompt for Your Cellphone. I’m getting yelled at all the time for my titles being to short, and that one is particularly perfect. Not that we are shamelessly trying to get more traffic from cellphones...

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2 Sentence Story Creative Writing Prompt for Your Cellphone

Before we begin, I just want to say how proud I am of the title 2 Sentence Story Creative Writing Prompt for Your Cellphone. I’m getting yelled at all the time for my titles being to short, and that one is particularly perfect. Not that we are shamelessly trying to get more traffic from cellphones and mobile devices…..ok maybe we are.  Honestly it’s because we feel this site is great on phones and mobile devices. Try it. Just stop texting and try it for a minute, but for some reason our phone and mobile device traffic is much less than our desktop traffic.  Go here on your phone: EWR: Short Stories from your phone or Every Day Poems for poetry from your phone.

2 Sentence Story Creative Writing Prompt for Your Cellphone:

In 2 sentences rewrite the story a popular horror movie. It can be Jaws or Evil Dead. Give the story a title, write the story, and give the name of the movie at the end. It must be 50 words or less. WRITE YOUR STORY IN THE COMMENTS.

So like this:

Sinking Sheriff

The sheriff shivers in the darkening waters as the shark that has killed so many people in the sleepy beach town. The boat wasn’t big enough as it’s mast descends into the deep, the sheriff has one more shot at this.

Jaws

You can do better! I know you can. I’m tired, and having an off week. Do a 2 sentence story AND please do it from your phone. I can’t do that because I’m writing the post, but please enter your 2 sentence story thought your phone today.

Remember all the rules. If you need to look at them again here they are: http://www.everywritersresource.com/creative-writing-promp/.

Yes, this little 2 sentences story can win you $100! Please follow the prompting, don’t just summarize the story, like I did. Be creative and please enter as many times as you like.

Remember we will have a new prompts just about every day! So please check back.

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Creative Writing Prompt: Live Long and Prosper or Not creative writing prompt http://www.everywritersresource.com/creative-writing-prompt-live-long-and-prosper-or-not-creative-writing-prompt/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/creative-writing-prompt-live-long-and-prosper-or-not-creative-writing-prompt/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:09:26 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=7757 Ok welcome to number 2 Creative Writing Prompt: Live Long and Prosper or Not for our March-April contest.

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Ok welcome to number 2 Creative Writing Prompt: Live Long and Prosper or Not for our March-April contest.  I don’t think posting these every day is going to be as easy as I thought. Right now I publish a poem, lit mag listing, book publisher, and book promotion every day. So why not throw one more thing on the pile right? Oh and doing a complete rework of the site because it was just hit by and update, so much fun.

So please forgive me if I don’t get a prompt up every day. I’ll try every other day. Also because of the update I can’t just post the prompt, the post has to be much longer or the engines get upset. A bunch of the people do it for spam or something.

Anyway, we are sticking with the theme of horror prompts. I hoping to get some 250 word responses in the comments. You can win $100. Two hundred and fifty words for $100 is almost 50 cents per word. That’s not bad.

Please post your  story in the comments. Best story wins. For complete rules go to our 1st prompt for this month: Creative Writing Prompt: The Man in the Long Cold Night.

I really will post a new prompt about every other day. Please make sure to spread the word for us. Post the contest to FB and twitter and all that. I would really appreciate the help. Also, I’m not putting words on the picture every time. It’s just a commitment.

I hope you enjoy our contest and good luck.

Live Long and Prosper or Not

Sitting at the table the man has 2 cups. They are both black thick liquids, only a mouthful in the bottom of a Dixie cup. “One will kill you instantly,” the man says. “The other will make you live forever. This is the chance you paid so much for…”

 

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Poem: Not Fair by Carol Hamilton http://www.everywritersresource.com/not-fair-carol-hamilton/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/not-fair-carol-hamilton/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:12:11 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=7751 Carol Hamilton: “I have recent and upcoming publications in Cold Mountain Review, Common Ground, Gingerbread House, Main Street Rag. Sacred The post Not Fair by Carol Hamilton appeared first on Every Day Poems.

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Carol Hamilton: “I have recent and upcoming publications in Cold Mountain Review, Common Ground, Gingerbread House, Main Street Rag. Sacred

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How to plan a novel: quick tips http://www.everywritersresource.com/how-plan-novel-quick-tips/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/how-plan-novel-quick-tips/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 03:34:09 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=7746 As the saying goes: “Everyone has a novel in them” that's the easy part, however, actually starting a novel is where things get a little difficult. The problem with starting a novel is that few people know where to start.

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How to plan a novelAs the saying goes: “Everyone has a novel in them” that’s the easy part, however, actually starting a novel is where things get a little difficult. The problem with starting a novel is that few people know where to start. You might have a list of characters and a general idea of the story but where do you go from there? The only way to make the act of writing a novel run as smoothly as possible is to extensively plan each stage of the writing process. It can be very hard to get your ideas in order which is why in this article you will see a few quick tips on how to plan a novel and start right.

Get organised

The first thing that you need to do is get organized. The worst way to write a novel is to run around like a headless chicken not having what you need at hand. To make this a smooth and easy process you need to be able to sit in your chair and write till your heart’s content. To achieve that you need to make sure that you have your notebooks, your pens your research papers and anything else you may need.

Make an extensive list of everything that you will need to plan and write your novel and aim to have everything available to you before you begin.

Brainstorm

Gathering all of the tools you need to create a novel is the easy part, the hard part is putting them to good use which is why the next thing that you should do is brainstorm. Whether you have a solid idea or no idea at all, brainstorming ideas helps you to create a solid skeleton of a novel, and all you need to do next is add the flesh to the bones.

One sentence summary

Once you have the pieces of the puzzles laid out in front of you, you then need to start piecing them together. The best way to do this is to start writing out one sentence summaries of what you want your novel to be about. This is a step that you should repeat and repeat until you are satisfied with the results. Once you have the perfect one sentence summary you will know what your story is and you can start mapping out how to get there.

Meet the characters

At this point, you will have a story but you won’t necessarily have characters to fill it out. So, the next step is to meet the people that you are going to write about. The core of every great novel is having characters that are well rounded and stories within themselves. To achieve this you need to write out extensive character breakdowns so you know who they are, how they would act and what they would say in any situation.

Create a timeline

You now have all the pieces you need to start writing but before you do you should create timelines which act as markers for how the story flows. Figure out how you want your story to begin, transition and end from chapter to chapter then simply fill in the blanks with your prose. You can now start writing your novel while knowing exactly where your story is going to go.

Before reading this article you may have been put off slightly by the idea of writing a novel. You may have been reluctant to put in the time and effort because you had no idea where to even start. However, as you can see above there a few quick and easy tasks that you can do to make the process not only easy but also enjoyable. So, if you want the novel that is in you to come out, follow the tips above and you can begin your journey without stress and uncertainty.

 

With a background in Marketing, Jane Bolto currently works as a Content Specialist at Nybizdb.com.

Always willing to share her passion for new marketing strategies.

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How to keep your business writing skills up to date http://www.everywritersresource.com/how-to-keep-your-business-writing-skills-up-to-date/ http://www.everywritersresource.com/how-to-keep-your-business-writing-skills-up-to-date/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:55:02 +0000 http://www.everywritersresource.com/?p=5595 How to keep your business writing skills up to date is keeping your writing skills up to date is not a case of checking the most recent formatting

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How to keep your business writing skills up to date

Keeping your writing skills up to date is not a case of checking the most recent formatting or grammar updates. It is about learning what matters in the business and marketing world. Selling the sizzle has receded yet again and now we are back to selling the steak as we were in the 1950s, so what matters when trying to influence people these days?

Influencing people in a hyper-information society

People can bounce onto the Internet at almost any time and find out whatever they want. They do not even have to wait for books to be delivered in order to get detailed information because they can buy and read them right in the moment. You need to consider how you influence people in such a world, but before you do, consider this point: People buy things they never use!

Why does this matter? You have to look at it from a human nature perspective. People buy phones and never use 70% of its features, or buy tablets and only use them 18 days out of a year. Just because there is a World Wide Web full of information, and websites full of books, it doesn’t mean people are going to use them.

You can make a claim with your marketing and nobody will ever question it or check it. Want proof? Did you leave the article to check the “18 days” or “70%” claim made above? Or, did you read it and put it out of your mind? People may have access to worlds of information, but it doesn’t mean they will use it.

Consider your risk to reward

What is your risk to reward? It is the risk you face when you write or do something creative, compared to the reward you get through public appreciation. The bland, the boring and the sterile…has been done. Most business writers are keeping their work boring, bland and sterile because it is risk free. If you want to have an impact, you need to consider your risk to reward.

For example, Marc Howell took a risk when he made the joke “The results were like Muslims – some were good, some were Shi’ite.” (The Telegraph, 2008). He was unlucky because two days later somebody complained so later that week he quit.

The Lego Company took a risk when they made “The Lego Movie” (2014) that was kid friendly–but aimed at adults. Their risk paid off with a 96% great rating on Rotten Tomatoes and making a worldwide total of over $468 million. (Box Office, 2014).

Do not write as you speak

This may be okay if you are writing emails and such to people that you know intimately, but it doesn’t work well when you are writing to other people, business contacts, associates, suppliers, clients and customers. We do not read the way we speak, and it is very easy to misinterpret something because of the way it was written.

For example, you may have a business contact that uses foul language. When you meet that person face-to-face, you too may use foul language. However, if you were to put similar language in your emails to that person, he or she may take it the wrong way, or if it is leaked to the public or your boss, then they may also take it the wrong way.

Do not be too esoteric or use too many of your personal business words

The people you are communicating with may not understand all of the jargon and all the acronyms that exist in your industry. Nobody is saying you have to dumb it down, but at least consider the fact that some people are not going to be able to fully understand what you are writing.

If you use common expressions in your business, it may not translate very well. For example, if you call people a “carrot” when they mess up, then that is fine, but use it in your business writing and Welsh people (from the UK) will think you are calling that person a moron. Maybe you were, but it may cause trouble if you weren’t.

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