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Good article David. I know that I probably don't put enough time into the writing process, even though I usually spend many hours over a couple of weeks writing them. I really like the section on handling criticism, you need to expect some and be ecstatic if you don't get any.

For those who have mentioned not being good writers, my advice is to just start writing. Have a professional blog that you practice with, and some advice Steve gave me, if the post is more that a couple of pages or very technical, then it is probably worth submitting as an article. I hated writing in school, but now I find it fun and rewarding.

For those who have mentioned not having the time, just spend a few minutes a day on an idea and outline and as David suggests write things down when you think of them. Eventually all those notes will flash out into an article.



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"practise" is the English spelling, where David is located. Practice, is the US spelling.

Personally, the more I teach my kids, the more I think English is a huge mess.


Practice is a noun.

Practise is the spelling of the associated verb. Compare with 'advice' and 'advise'.

That's UK English, by the way. No idea about US English.


Heh... people who speak US English have no idea either. :-P

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The one critique I would have is this:
The article mentions quite heavily the editing process, so it would have been nice to have some kind of appendix where the reader could see where edits had been made, the extra 60 - 70% that never made the grade as well as the reason(s) why.

Rich


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I'm not sure if you can have a "bloopers" section in a written article, it would be an interesting challenge!

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A directors cut

I'm not sure if you can have a "bloopers" section in a written article, it would be an interesting challenge!


Maybe not in the article itself, but having a discussion forum provides the perfect platform to provide examples of things that weren't included as well as an explanation why.

Come on, spill the beans!

Love the autosig btw.
Rich

Hope this helps,
Rich



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Corollary to Thomas Edison's quote, "90% of average people think they are a genius because they had an inspiration." Thanks for taking the time to do the work for this article, very useful.
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Great article.

Thanks for writing this article. I was in need of one such article.

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