Tapping away at a keyboard is what fills my day. It wasn't always this way. For twenty years I was a High School English teacher -- the change really started one day during my long service leave ...
I was sitting in the dentist's chair having root canal treatment and it occurred to me that at this time I would normally be teaching my year nine class (around 15 years of age). When I realised that I'd rather be sitting where I was than in front of a class, I knew it was time to look for something new!
That something new took the form of a Web site dedicated to helping people improve their writing. I'm still able to focus on my love of education and learning, but now my classroom is the entire world!
Since leaving teaching, I've written and marketed a series of writing courses and ebooks, and I've also been a freelance writer, undertaking a variety of assignments for clients from around the globe -- writing articles for the print media,,preparing award submissions for business clients; copy-writing and proof-reading works of non-fiction, editing web pages and e-books, writing press releases and much more.
My website, www.write101.com has been part of the Web's writing community since 1998 and continues to offer detailed insights into the workings of the English language presented with just a touch of humour. Voted one of the 101 best websites for writers, Write101 has more than 1,000 pages of articles about all aspects of writing. My weekly writing tips newsletter has 16,000+ subscribers from every continent (except Antarctica!)
How to encourage your children to use journals to improve their writing skills and to learn to love to write.
Your children can develop both writing skills and a love of writing. Even if they're too young to write, they can tell you what to write, and as they grow, they'll benefit from journal writing in both tangible and intangible ways.
What can you do to keep your kids occupied and entertained without sitting them in front of the television?
Keeping your kids active keeps them happy and healthy! Discover how easy it is to keep your school-aged children happily occupied with crafts and games. Try some (or all) of the suggestions that follow and your children will never be bored again!
Resumes that work get you in the door. Learn the secrets of writing a resume from a professional writer who has helped hundreds of successful job seekers during his many years of experience. Here you will find samples for resume do-it-yourselfers, information you need to build a resume, explanations of what should not be included, and much more.
Use the power of the Internet to make your job search easier and more efficient!
Finding a job has never been easier IF you know how to put the power of the Internet to work for you. Learn where to look for jobs, how to create an online resume, what steps to take, and what to avoid.
What do you call that little bit on the end of your shoelaces?
What's a polite name for those annoying, spoilt children you always get stuck next to on a plane?
And what is a balthazar?
I bet you're just a little bit curious, aren't you?
Where can you find the answer to these and 1073 other questions about words?
In this quiz book! Bonus chapters of X and Z words for Scrabble!
College can be a difficult time, and writing an important report can be an intimidating task, but it can be done! It's not as hard as you might think. Let an experienced educator show you the tips and tricks you need to write that 'A' report.
Do your homework before buying a used car. Anyone buying a used car has a lot to consider -- from deciding which type of car is right for you to checking out the condition of the vehicle. In this ebook, you'll find sound advice that will help you get the car of your dreams rather than the "lemon" of your worst nightmare.
Swimming, boating, surfboarding, or just lying around the beach or pool can be great fun. But thousands of people drown every year in accidents that are often preventable. Keep your family safe by learning how to recognize and avoid the dangers that lurk in and near the water from someone who has always lived near the beach ...
You have the skills, you want a job, but you don’t know what to do to find one that is just right for you. Let an experienced educator show you how to choose a field that suits your interests and skills, find a job in that field, apply for it, and give yourself every chance of getting it!
What you can do to prepare yourself for your job interview so you'll be successful in getting the job of your dreams.
You’ve found your ideal job, sent off your resume, and now you have an interview! Learn what you can do to make sure you give yourself the best possible chance of making a great impression at your interview.
The teen years can be awkward and confusing for your child and you, but you can weather the storms. If you find dealing with your own teens difficult, imagine handling a classroom filled with adolescents! An educator who taught high school for 20 years and who is also a mother who survived – and enjoyed – the adolescence of her now-grown children shares her experience and wisdom.
You are the most important teacher your children have, and you'll be amazed at how much you can teach them using household items and everyday activities that are fun. An educator who spent 20 years in the classroom shares advice that can make learning fun for you and your children.
It IS possible to overcome your fear of public speaking, whether your public is a large audience of strangers at a seminar, or a small group of loved ones on a special family occasion. Follow the simple advice that takes you step by step from the planning stage of your talk, to walking onto the podium and delivering a speech that both you and your audience will enjoy
How can couples have a happy marriage in spite of the stress of our hectic lifestyle?
You don't have to be a divorce statistic – you CAN have a happy marriage! The demands of modern life can destroy your marriage if you don't learn to overcome the stresses and frustrations. Learn how to make your marriage a happy one from someone who has been happily married for more than 40 years ...
Health is a family issue. Learn how to keep your family healthy, fit, and happy. In our fast-paced, fast-food society, it's easy to fall into bad eating habits and to think eating healthy means feeling deprived and being unhappy. The writer and her husband have found both health and happiness for over a third of a century by following this advice for a healthy lifestyle.
You can turn your child’s terrible twos into terrific twos. Tantrums are so common among two-year-olds that parents often expect the "terrible twos." But parents can help their toddlers (and themselves!) avoid the frustrations that lead to tantrums. An experienced educator and parent shares simple tips that can turn the terrible twos into the terrific twos.
When time is at a premium, reports provide an efficient and effective way to communicate with large numbers of people.
Many people break out in a cold sweat at the mere thought of writing a report, and for some it's second only to public speaking on the stress scale, but it needn't be this way. Like everything else in life, it's usually just fear of the unknown. Learn how to write a report now.