Your Audience Of One.

For Easy Reading.

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Many writers find it difficult to write fluently. Especially those just starting their writing career.

So, what is the secret to writing fluently?

Any type of writing that you do should be easy to read and the content needs to flow effortlessly. This ease of style can be especially important if you are writing for the online reader. Of course, constant practice will help and writing daily, like any activity, will improve your skill and efficiency.

Interestingly, most people can speak fairly clearly and fluently. But when writing, they become hesitant, turgid and a little pompous. …


An Alien Abduction Rape

UFO Evidence Of Alien Abduction

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UFO sightings are becoming increasingly common all over the world. Many reports never reach the mainstream media. But if you know where to look and are persistent, you can uncover these accounts of strange extraterrestrial incidents.

And you soon conclude that the evidence of UFO activity is overwhelming. It supports the growing belief that aliens are real.

Real UFO sightings are often accompanied by some other unexplained activity. Crop circles, for example, have often occurred after strange lights have been seen in the night sky that cannot logically be explained. …


Warning: Filthy Tactics Involved

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“I’d rather casserole my arm before I help that lazy f — — r.”

Leslie slammed the files down on her desk and I could see that she was very upset — again. Bullying bosses can make life a living hell for some employees.

What follows is an account based on fact, in my experience, and I hope it will be a warning to any workplace bullies and offer a few tips for those who want to be proactive.

I worked for a manufacturing company, a medium-sized affair, and the factory manager — we’ll call him Mark — was arrogant…


Writing Reminders

Improving Your Writing

Sometimes, it is useful to remind oneself of some of the simple steps needed to improve our writing.

I’ve always believed that central to becoming an excellent writer is the awareness that all writing is done for someone to read. All writing is created for human beings by human beings.

Yet writers so often seem to forget that an actual person is out there who can be easily distracted or may not care about the subject enough to wade through jargon or fuzzy sentences.

Skilled writers know the secret to good writing is this: Don’t make the reader work.

This…


Hidden In The Garage.

Romps Home To A Jackpot Win

Ottoman Empire rare tile, Carel Kolchinski
Ottoman Empire rare tile, Carel Kolchinski
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“I’m sorry, but this item would be unsuitable for our jumble sale. I can’t see anyone wanting to buy a single, old tile. It’s decorative but hardly worth selling.”

“I understand, vicar,” she replied. ”I’m just having a clear out of my garage. It’s headed for the bin then. Though I suppose I could always use it as a teapot stand.”

The 9½in (24 cm) square tile was certainly of a colourful design, depicting parrots perched on either side of a pedestal fountain.

It had belonged to the lady's step-grandfather, who had worked as a consulting engineer in Turkey many…


Crafting a Quality Article

5 steps after 5 pints of beer

Crafting a quality article, Carel Kolchinski
Crafting a quality article, Carel Kolchinski
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I was fortunate to have worked with a talented sub-editor who took the time to teach me how to craft an article. An article that was interesting and that would attract readers. His emphasis was always on quality.

“Don’t just write crap,” he used to say, with a smouldering cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. “Always aim high. Be the best you can and f — -ck everyone else.”

The daily five pints of beer he consumed in the local pub at lunchtime usually ignited his bouts of swearing. I think…


$85,000 paid for Mickey Mouse Movie Poster

And who was Mortimer Mouse?

Mickey Mouse, Carel Kolchinski.
Mickey Mouse, Carel Kolchinski.
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Walt Disney was indeed afraid of mice. However, he did not let that fear stop him from creating the most famous and lovable cartoon character of all time.

He had the genius to depict mice as sympathetic creatures with human characteristics that would appeal to everyone, especially children.

The rest is history.

But Walt was not very good at names. Initially he named his little furry creation — wait for it — Mortimer. His wife Lillian, unimpressed with Mortimer, suggested the name Mickey. And, as usual, wives are always right!

However, American actor Mickey Rooney maintained they named the cartoon…


Writer’s Block Remedy

Will Enhance Your Creativity

Freewriting, Carel Kolchinski
Freewriting, Carel Kolchinski
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If you’re a writer, then you may recognise the ‘mind block syndrome’ or MBS, commonly referred to as writer’s block. However hard you try, you just can’t get anything down on paper, it’s as if your mind has switched off from being creative or imaginative.

Personally, when I’m suffering from this mental complaint, I experience a definite physical sensation within my brain; a kind of pressurised, cramped, deadness, a total lack of interest in everything that I attempt to do, and general dissatisfaction with life. I hit that psychological brick wall. It’s an unpleasant, dead-end kind of place to be.


My Favourite

Inspiring, thought provoking, and funny

Quotes about writing, Carel Kolchinski
Quotes about writing, Carel Kolchinski
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Most rock journalism is by people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.

… Frank Zappa.

Let’s face it, writing is hell.

…. William Styron.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

…. E.L. Doctorow.

Doctors bury their mistakes. Lawyers hang them. But journalists put theirs on the front page.

……. Anonymous.

Trim sentences, like trim bodies, usually require far more effort than flabby ones.

…. Clair Kehrwald Cook.

The wastepaper basket is the writer’s best friend.

…. Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Words fascinate me. They always have. For me, browsing in a dictionary is like being turned loose in a bank.

…. Eddie Cantor.

The difference between “isn’t” and “ain’t” is that the people who say “isn’t” are in charge.

…. Virginia Clark.

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.

…. Robert Cormier.

You should always believe all you read in the newspapers, as this makes them more interesting.

. ……. Rose Macauley.

If you don’t want to read it, nobody else is going to read it.

…. S. E. Linton.

Good writing is essentially rewriting.

…. Roald Dahl.

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.

…. Peter de Vries.

Writing isn’t hard; no harder than ditch-digging.

…. Patrick Dennis.

Writers have two main problems: One is writer’s block, when words won’t come at all, and the other’s logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they hardly get to the wastebasket in time.

……. Cecilia Bartholomew

Not all writing must be concise. There is room for the grace note, the courteous phrase, the touch of oil that lets the gates of a sentence swing without squeaking.

…. James Kilpatrick.

I can’t write five words but that I change seven.

…. Dorothy Parker.

Letters from graduate students, businessmen, some university presidents, and most of all from politicians are so barnacled with jargon that they bruise the wastebasket as they fall into it.

…. Alastair Cooke.

Too many people think they are being creative when they are just being different.

…. Noel Coward.

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give to your style.

…. Sydney Smith.

Ninety-nine percent of pieces of writing fail in the first three sentences.

…. Stephen K. Tollefson.

Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not amusing. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!

…. Edna Ferber.

What you’re trying to do when you write is to crowd the reader out of his own space and occupy it with yours, in a good cause. You’re trying to take over his sensibility and deliver an experience that moves from mere information.

…. Robert Stone.

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

…. Alice Walker.

Rage is the only quality which kept me, or anybody, I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.

…. Jimmy Breslin.

Writing is fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats.

…. William Styron.

No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put at just the right place.

…. Isaac Babel.

Punctuation marks are the road signs placed along the highway of our communication — to control speeds, provide directions, and prevent head-on collisions.

…. Pico Iyer.

It is almost always a greater pleasure to come across a semicolon than a period. The period tells you that that is that; if you didn’t get all the meaning you wanted or expected, anyway you got all the writer intended to parcel out and now you have to move along. But with a semicolon there you get a pleasant little feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on, it will get clearer.

…. Lewis Thomas.

The relative pronoun “which” can cause more trouble than any other word, if recklessly used. Foolhardy persons sometimes get lost in which-clauses and are never heard of again.

…. James Thurber.

The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightning and the lightning bug.

…. Mark Twain.

A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.

…. Barbara…

Carel Kolchinski

Past lives as a journalist, P.R. poseur and commercial slave. Currently an aged teetotaller, cyclist, enthusiastic musician and painter. Born again writer.

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