Writing Tip: Great Backup Tool

Don't leave the safety of your files to chance!

Today I want to share a great backup tool with you.


I recently subscribed to Dropbox. I opted for their free 2 GB of online data storage – so far I’m using almost 39% of my allowed space. I have to say I really love it.

I do my work each day, and when I’m done, I just copy the files to my dropbox files (right on my computer). You have no idea how relieved I feel knowing that my clients’ work is backed up.

In addition, I’m backing up all my manuscripts, articles, and posts.

What I especially like about Dropbox is that I save only the files I want to. I was a little concerned about having my entire hard drive backed up online because of personal information that is on some files. But, now I don’t have to worry about it.

And, what’s just as beneficial is that you can register your laptop, and other computers to your Dropbox account. This means once you save a file to the computer or laptop you’re currently working on, the updated file will be available on every other computer you listed on your account. Now, that’s impressive and makes life just a bit easier.

Since I think it’s such a worthwhile tool for backing up important files, and the 2 GB storage space is FREE, I’m promoting it.

Once you join, for every person you get to join up, you’ll get an additional 250 MG of space (up to 8 GB)

If you think it’ll be beneficial to your writing and work, give it a try - there’s absolutely nothing to lose. And, I would never blatantly recommend a product I didn’t use and didn’t think is great.

So, click on Dropbox or the link below and see for yourself.

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8 Very Common Word Usage Errors

In writing, we have all come across words that we’re not exactly sure whether or not we’re using properly. I thought I’d go over a few of the ones that had me baffled, and a couple that stiff do somewhat.

Off we go . . .

About vs. Around (in reference to time and numbers)

About (adverb, preposition, adjective): reasonably close (almost), in the vicinity (near),

Around (adverb, preposition, adjective): from one place to another, in every and any direction

Both words can mean with some approach to exactness (approximately).


The class starts about 10AM.
I gave it just about everything I had.

I’m gonna rock around the clock tonight.
It costs around $5.

I read something, somewhere that gave a much clearer understanding of using both words, but I can’t remember it. If anyone has an easier/clearer way to distinguish the two words in regard to time and number, please let us know. Boy, I wish my memory was better.

Affect versus Effect

Affect (verb): the conscious subjective of an emotion apart from bodily changes.

Effect (noun): basic meaning, intent, something that inevitably follows an antecedent, an outward sign, fulfillment, power to bring about a result, a distinctive impression.


Not knowing the skills needed might affect his chances of getting the position.
Getting an A might affect his parent’s future expectations.

The effects of the drug finally wore off.
Being punished had no effect on Timmy’s behavior.

I remember once reading that “affect” deals with the non-physical and “effect” deals with the physical. But, since one is a verb and the other a noun, that should be a helpful clue also.

All ready vs. Already

All ready:  done, completely ready.

Already (adverb):  by or before the given or implied time.


The students were all ready to go.
I already cooked dinner.

All Right vs. Alright

All right (adjective, adverb): satisfactory, safe, good.

Alright is a disputed variable of “all right.”


Is it all right to leave now?
All right, you can leave now.

Farther vs. Further

Farther (adverb, adjective): to a greater distance, extent, or point.

Further (adverb, adjective, transitive verb): farther, in addition, to a greater degree or extent.


He threw the ball farther than the last attempt.
The town is farther than I thought.

We need to research further for answers.
The more work I do, the further I get.

In a recent article at, an excellent description of the proper usage of both words is given:

“While both words refer to distance, grammarians distinguish ‘farther’ as physical distance and ‘further’ as metaphorical distance. You can dive further into a project, for instance, or you can dive farther into the ocean.”

Suppose vs. Supposed
Suppose (verb): to assume, to hold as an opinion, to ponder. According to the above mentioned article, “The correct way to express a duty is to write, “I was supposed to…”


Suppose I take the wrong turn, then what?
Do you suppose the green will look better than yellow?

He was supposed to have the job done already.
I supposed it would be done already.

Uninterested vs. Disinterested

Uninterested (adjective): not interested, indifferent.

Disinterested (adjective, transitive verb): unbiased, impartial.


He was uninterested in tennis.
The teen was uninterested and feel asleep at his desk.

The politician must be a disinterested party in making decisions.
Being disinterested allowed him to be fair.

Until vs. Till

Until (preposition, conjunction): used as a function word to indicate continuance (as of an action or condition) to a specified time (1)

Till (preposition, conjunction, transitive verb): the Webster’s New World Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Dictionary both list “till” as a variable of “until,” but I’ve been taught that it’s not okay to use it in place of “until.” If you think differently, please let us know.


He won’t get paid until he finishes the job.
The show doesn’t start until 6PM.

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A Ghostwriter's Uses - Part 2

In Part 1 of A Ghostwriter's Uses I went over a number of uses that an individual writer and/or author may have for a ghostwriter. Some of the uses mentioned might be applicable to a business also, but they are primarily geared toward the individual. Part 2 deals a bit more with businesses.

A Must-Have Tool for Marketers and Business Owners

A ghostwriter is a must-have business tool for marketers or business owners who need to provide regularly updated content on their site/s and for their newsletters. And, anyone selling a product online needs to offer pertinent, valuable, and updated content to create an effective inbound marketing strategy.

This is actually the busiest and is a more profitable aspect of ghostwriting (if the ghostwriter is charging enough for her time). Businesses hire a writer to write a set number of post/articles per week for anywhere from $10 to $20 to $30 and more per article.

If you are hiring a ghostwriter for this capacity, be sure she knows about using keywords effectively and SEO. The point of hiring someone to create valuable content for your site/s is to have that content picked up in the search engines, and have searchers (potential customers) find your site/s.

And, if the work involves rewriting articles, the ghostwriter must know the end product’s duplicate content score.

Maintaining and increasing visibility is essential to authors, writers, and businesses. Keeping up with blog posts and visibility is an important marketing tool for all writers, well at least for those who are trying to sell their works or services.

A Touch of Copywriting

Along with this the ghostwriter should know copywriting. While this is not essential for some aspects of a ghostwriter’s job, it is important incase a client needs projects such as product guides, product descriptions, landing pages, and emailing marketing. Copywriting is probably the most lucrative form of writing for hire.

If you happen to be interested in becoming familiar with this form of writing, there are a number of books available that are helpful, such as Hypnotic Writing by Joe Vitale, and Power of Persuasion by Michael Masterson. There are also e-courses available and a number of useful sites that offer valuable content on copywriting, just let your fingers do the searching.

Needs to be a Good Writer

Finally, a ghostwriter needs to be a good writer. If you are thinking of hiring one, you might ask for samples and/or testimonials. Note here: testimonials from ghostwriting clients may be difficult to come by . . . for obvious reasons. If the ghostwriter cannot provide any, it’s important to understand why.

Hopefully, this should give you a practical guide to know what to look for in a ghostwriter, and in what areas a ghostwriter can be useful.

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A Ghostwriter's Uses - Part 1

A Ghostwriter, or writer-for-hire, is different things to different people, but no matter what the capacity, she almost always remains anonymous.

Write or Rewrite Your Book

A ghostwriter covers a number of writing areas. In one aspect she may be a writer who will take your idea for a children's book, novel, or nonfiction book (memoir, autobiography, self-help, etc), and turn it into a publishable, and hopefully a saleable book. She will work closely with the author, usually from an outline, and work to instill the author’s voice into the book.

This is an excellent means for would-be-authors, or new writers to reach their goal or desire to be a published author. And, with today’s publishing tools, such as Smashwords, Lulu, and Amazon, it’s easier and cheaper than ever to self-publish, if that’s the route you choose. The author might also consider doing the submissions route and finding a publisher or agent.

Another scenario may be that you have a story already written, but it’s not in any shape for submissions, or self-publishing. You’ve tried and tried, but you know it’s in dire need of help; a ghostwriter can rewrite your story and get it in the needed shape to move forward.

Write Content for Blogs, Newsletters, and Articles Directories

A second function a ghostwriter holds is that of a powerful tool for busy writers who need help getting their own work done. For freelance writers, and yes even busy ghostwriters, time is extremely elusive – often there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all the scheduled work. This is where a ghostwriter will come in handy: writing your personal blog posts, writing content for newsletter, or writing articles for article directories to keep traffic coming to your site/s.

Spin Your Articles

This is a very useful tool for the busy writer - a ghostwriter can spin your articles for repurposing. Say you’ve written a number of articles but of late have become too busy to keep it up. You might think of hiring a ghostwriter to spin or rework your articles so they can be used as ‘new and original’ pieces.

You might be thinking that there are rewriting programs to do this, but they cannot create the same quality rewrite a good writer can.

Create E-books

E-books are becoming amazingly popular. You can offer them on your site/s as freebies as an incentive to subscribe to your site or as a gift. You can even sell them on your site, or on sites such as Lulu, Smashwords, and Amazon. They are an excellent tool for demonstrating your expertise in your area, and for creating visibility.

To gain even more visibility and make your ebook a more powerful marketing tool, you can offer reprint permission. This is a wonderful way to have more and more readers become familiar with your work.

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