Let This Wright Help You Write Right

Hello! I am officially Seanarchy Marketing now. Here’s my new logo. Note the fountain pen body, and that the monarch’s wings are red, too:

I offer an array of services:

  • Copywriting/ghostwriting
  • Resume creation & revision
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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Let This Wright Help You Write Right

Hello! I am officially Seanarchy Marketing now. Here’s my new logo. Note the fountain pen body, and that the monarch’s wings are red, too:

I offer an array of services:

  • Copywriting/ghostwriting
  • Resume creation & revision
  • Proofreading/editing
  • Newsletters
  • Blog postings
  • Social media
  • Email blasts 
  • Graphic design
  • FREE ESTIMATES!

Feel free to click on the Contact section for free quotes, or questions.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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3 Steps to Sharper Writing

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Not everyone reads, but everyone writes. Writing evolved from using a fountain pen and parchment paper to clunky typewriters to typing on computers. Even though we communicate electronically for the most part these days, the writing craft still calls for good grammar. Here’s a crash course in how to cut and polish your written words:

1. Tighten it up/cut the fluff. These two phrases say the same thing. Which one would you rather read? I like Vera Wang’s clothes because they’re pretty. I especially like their flattering cuts and they have my favorite things on them, like colorful prints and sparkles for the evening. Or, I favor designer Vera Wang’s clothes for their curve-friendly designs, use of vivid prints, and glamorous sequin and bead embellishments. I’m pretty sure you said the second one. Why? Because it’s clean and direct. It’s fine for first drafts to look like the first sentence, but go through and eliminate wordiness, run-on sentences and repetition.

2. Limit linking verbs. Linking verbs are the vanilla of writing; am, are, is , was, were, be, being, been, has, have, had. We need them, however, there are much more “vivid” verbs out there. Jason scored the most points in his last three basketball games carries more impact than Jason is the best basketball player on his team.

3. Know the difference. People often confuse these three pairs. They are not the worst offenses, but it’s impressive if you master their subtle differences.

  • Recognize/realize. You recognize a person, place or thing (noun). You realize a fact. For example, Sheila recognized that cat as the neighbor’s or I didn’t realize that I bought the wrong flavor ice cream until I was halfway home.
  • Persuade/convince. You persuade someone to do something. You convince someone to think or believe something. Larry can persuade anyone to loan him money vs. I couldn’t convince my friend that I was a police officer calling and my practical joke failed.
  • Fewer/less. Fewer is for single quantities, like people, cookies, problems, and so on. Less is for clump quantities, like water, grass, lotion. There will always be “fewer people” but “less soup.”

Don’t forget to infuse as much personality into your writing as you please!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

Let This Wright Help You Write Right

Hello! I am officially Seanarchy Marketing now. Here’s my new logo. Note the fountain pen body, and that the monarch’s wings are red, too:

I offer an array of services:

  • Copywriting/ghostwriting
  • Resume creation & revision
  • Proofreading/editing
  • Newsletters
  • Blog postings
  • Social media
  • Email blasts 
  • Graphic design
  • FREE ESTIMATES!

Feel free to click on the Contact section for free quotes, or questions.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: You’ve Got Mail

I can’t help it. As a proofreader and copywriter, I often scrutinize my direct mail copy. Here are some things that hurt potentially successful ads:

The wrong title. How many times have I gotten something for “Mr.” Sean in my mailbox? Too many times to count. Sorry to say when I get something with a male prefix, I discard it. It really frosts my cookie. It’s sad, too, because sometimes they are nice mailing labels that I would have gladly used. What a waste. 

It’s really safer for companies to use no prefix at all on mail, if they’re not sure. That way, they don’t run the risk of offending someone, or wasting printed materials.

Typos/Misspellings. True story. I once got a coupon in the mail for a burger place that advertised that they had “mild [milk] shakes,” too. We all know this is the biggest turnoff. Why? Because subconsciously you feel that if they company is sloppy about their communication, they may be sloppy with their customer service. 

Vague offers. Another true weird true story: a fast food place in our neighborhood had coupons for an unlimited item for only 99 cents. One word after “99 cents” would have made all the difference: each. The restaurant complained that people wanted 100 of those snacks all for 99 cents. Workers wasted valuable time, sounding like broken records, explaining that the snacks were 99 cents each. There were some fuming customers, and honestly, who can blame them? If there’s ambiguity in that ad, rewrite it. 

Getting customers through direct mail is a crap shoot, so thinking of everything that appeals to customers from the get-go increases your chances of getting their business. Need more copywriting help? Click here. Or please email me your email address to get on my monthly newsletter distribution list: authorseanc@gmail.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

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Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Hoppin’ Kangaroo Words

How cool is this?! Can you think of more?

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

Let This Wright Help You Write Right

Hello! I am officially Seanarchy Marketing now. Here’s my new logo. Note the fountain pen body, and that the monarch’s wings are red, too:

I offer an array of services:

  • Copywriting/ghostwriting
  • Resume creation & revision
  • Proofreading/editing
  • Newsletters
  • Blog postings
  • Social media
  • Email blasts 
  • Graphic design
  • FREE ESTIMATES!

Feel free to click on the Contact section for free quotes, or questions.

IMG_4170

I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

Lady Rougepen Says: Avoid the Grocer’s Apostrophe

What is the grocer’s apostrophe, you ask? It’s the habit of putting an apostrophe on plural words. It is so named because grocers’ handmade signs often made that spelling mistake, such as “cigarette’s for sale” or “fresh banana’s.” It should be “cigarettes” and “bananas.”

If a word is NOT possessive, or does not contract, there is no need for an apostrophe. People are even getting away from using apostrophes in words like “straight A’s,” “CD’s,” and “1980’s.” However, you would need an apostrophe when you only mention the year in a decade, such as, “I was born in ’72.”

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: The Devil’s in the Details

There was a famous hiphop song that once stated, “My mind’s playing tricks on me.” Some proper nouns & words do exactly that. Here are some that can “get” you if you don’t pay attention.

CORRECT INCORRECT

Looney Tunes Looney Toons

Jif peanut butter Jiffy peanut butter

Playwright Playwrite

Sugar Suger

Espresso Expresso

Pharaoh Pharoah

Froot Loops cereal Fruit Loops cereal

Double Stuf Oreos Double Stuff Oreos

If you ever use these tricky words, or company names, in formal writing, ensure that you double-check their spelling. I know I do. What are some of your favorite tricky words or names?

I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

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It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Presents: Better Ways to Say “Said”

 

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Avoid “teen talk” in your writing by saying “like” or “go” in dialogue. Examples:

I’m like, officer, are you kidding me? I was only going five over the speed limit.” And he, like, gave me a citation anyway.

Before we left for the dance, I go, “Diane, I have the perfect pair of earrings to match your blue dress.” And she goes, “Sweet!”

Yikes. And you’re NOT limited to “said.” Check it out:

“I don’t wanna eat my broccoli!” the toddler bleated.

“How about we order a pizza?” Todd piped up beside me on the couch.

“Thank you for pulling my weeds, and getting my mail,” the old woman happily squeaked.

“Did you just see that huge lightning bolt in the distance?” Monica nearly whispered with wide eyes.

See you next time!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy