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26 09, 2016

The Fight Against Isolation Starts at Home

Working from home is not always the commute-free, pressure-minimal heaven it seems to be. For those who are home alone, it can get quite lonely.

While only a number of industries currently cater to employees who do their jobs from home—mostly content writing—applicants should not be too quick to jump on the train going nowhere but home. PayPerContent needs writers who can submit quality work; that […]

19 09, 2016

The Secrets to Writing Interesting Content for Boring Topics

Writers have to know how to write about boring topics, because we’re can’t always write about the things we love. Sad, but it’s true.

There’s not much we can do to make fiber optic transceivers or commercial property investment sound awesome—but as a writer, that’s no excuse to produce articles that put readers to sleep.

Take heart. Even when you’re tasked with a lackluster topic, here are […]

1 09, 2016

Breaking Barriers: How to Beat Writer’s Block

The creative industry has a common enemy: the empty canvas, the blank page, whatever you want to call it. Writers, of course, are no exception to this—even freelance writers. Sometimes, you feel like you can write thousands of words an hour, but there are days when it’s difficult to put your name on paper, so to speak.

Luckily, there are some ways to break through that […]

12 08, 2016

Three Cs to Beating the Modern Reader’s Short Attention Span

It’s interesting to note that the way readers view digital content differs from how traditional print media is consumed. A recent study by the Nielsen Norman Group, which tracked the eye motions while reading online content reveals an F-shaped pattern – two horizontal stripes followed by a single vertical one. F for fast, apparently, as the study demonstrates that in a matter of seconds, a […]

5 08, 2016

The 4 Basic Rules to Proper Capitalization

Capitalization is important for us to tell what a proper noun is and where does a sentence start. It gives meaning to any word we use in a sentence. There are many rules to follow and they all depend on the language and style you prefer or need to use.

Here are some rules that every writer (and aspiring ones) should know:

Rule #1 – Capitalize the […]

28 07, 2016

What Say You? The Importance of Questioning in Writing Good Content

In Isaac Asimov’s short story “The Last Question,” a question from a simple wager is asked through billions of years, culminating in a somewhat satisfying, but ultimately ambiguous, conclusion. In this story (reportedly Asimov’s favorite) the question was how to reverse the imminent heat death of the universe.

Questions, arguably, drive the bulk of human daily interaction, especially open-ended questions that provide insight into another’s motivation […]

25 07, 2016

Let Your Own Words Do the Work: The Whys and Hows of Paraphrasing

With any information being available and accessible on the internet, it’s so easy to copy someone else’s work. That won’t get you anywhere, though, especially if you want to become a successful and reputable freelance writer. Plagiarism is something you should take seriously. You may not realize it at first, but the consequences might be more devastating than you could imagine.

Learning to write in your […]

18 07, 2016

Be Bullet Proof: Tips on How to Fact-Check Your Work

* This is the second article of a two-post series about fact checking.

Last time, we found out that in order not to look like an idiot in the eyes of your readers, it’s important to check the facts that you present before you publish your articles. Aside from that, we cited other reasons that it’s an important practice: 1. Your reputation is on the line; […]

14 07, 2016

Don’t Look Like an Idiot: Why You Should Fact Check

* This is the first of a two-part series on fact checking.

Imagine you’re attending a seminar with the intention of enriching yourself, expanding your knowledge base, or at the very least, picking up a fact or two. Let’s say it’s a TED Talk you’ve been earnestly waiting for, by one of the most respected and most influential personalities in your given industry. Exciting, no? What […]

11 07, 2016

Value Added Fluff: Say What?

The secret to a good soufflé recipe is the fluff. You have the basic ingredients—egg, flour, butter, milk—but you will not be successful if you don’t see your baked creation rising from the ramekins.

And there’s one thing you need to remember when making soufflé: you need to serve it immediately because that fluffy goodness will slowly deflate, revealing—air.

When writing, you don’t want air.

Fluff isn’t the […]