Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

Barbara McNichol Editorial- 6 Ways of BE-ing to Better Your Writing

Barbara McNichol Editorial- 6 Ways of BE-ing to Better Your Writing
I love to deliver succinct suggestions to help authors hone their
writing skills. Daily Writing Tips inspired me to put together these
6 ways of BE-ing to better your writing.

BE Active
Use active (not passive) sentence structure whenever possible.

BE Concise
Write tight—no extraneous phrases or wobbly words.

BE Clear
Choose vivid verbs and accurate nouns; add adverbs and adjectives

BE Precise
Make sure the words match the meaning you intend.

BE Thorough
Write, revise, and revise again. (When you can’t read it one more
time, have an eagle-eyed editor give it a fresh look.)

BE Inspiring
Use figures of speech to help your readers visualize your message but
avoid clichés.
(For examples of figures of speech—similes, metaphors, chiasmus, and
more—cl ick here and scroll down.)

BE mindful of these tips; post the list on your monitor where it will
BE seen often.
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Good writing demands correct punctuation. How frequently do you see
it messed up . . . often for lack of knowing what’s right?

When developing my writing workshops, I turned to Dee Dukehart of
Sandbox Communications who gave me permission to adapt her punctuation
guidelines. Thanks, Dee. We share them with you here.
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Strengthen Your Writing Under the Tucson Sun
Three recent Strengthen Your Writing workshops—and an other in
September—have got my motor running. So this August, I’m rolling out
two live sessions in Tucson, Arizona.

You have the option of attending a 3-hour morning session Friday,
August 17, 2012 or two 1.5-hour Tuesday evening sessions August 14 and 21, 2012.

Please join me in a fun, hands-on learning experience for improving
everything you write—from business letters to sensitive emails to blog
posts, articles, and all other written communications.

You’ll apply proven editing techniques to your own work as you learn
write a strong, persuasive message devoid of clutter
add “muscle” to your words without the “fluff”
plan and revise your work with speed and confidence
avoid wording mistakes that affect your credibility—and your
Plus, you’ll get acquainted with 10 Top Techniques—all guaranteed to
add power to your pen and polish to your product.

Is it time to invest in honing your writing skills? Don’t delay;
these August workshops are gaining traction. Email me today for
location, times, and fees.

Come with your pencil sharpened to capture essential skills you’ll
use forever.
Chiastic Quotations About Writing
“Consciousness creates the writing; writing creates the
– Neale Donald Walsh

“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and
love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the
morning and write something you love, something to live for.”
– Ray Bradbury (Can you spot the chiasmus in this quotation?)

Please email me your favorite quotations about writing, words, and
Bravo Corner – A Great Team Effort!
What does it take to “launch” a speaker/author with a whole new look
and message?

I worked with MacGraphics Services, Rhoades-Baum Strategic Marketing,
and Lauren Graphics who produced a brand, marketing materials,
corporate ID package, book design, CD packaging, and website launch
for speaker/author John Hall.

Said Karen Saunders of MacGraphics, “It was a massive undertaking,
bringing together the skills and talents of ten team members into a
five-month project.”
My part as editor of John’s book Do What You
Can seemed big, but it paled compared to the
entire effort. If you’re curious to see the whole
portfolio, go to http://macgraphics.net/blog/

P.S. I’ve had the honor of collaborating with
Karen Saunders and Patrice Rhoades-Baum since
we all worked in the corporate world 20+ years
ago. As a team, we still enjoy taking various parts
of the puzzle and putting them together, now in
the world of entrepreneurs.
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Playwrights Foundation- The 35th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival, July 20-29, 2012

Playwrights Foundation- The 35th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival, July 20-29, 2012

The 35th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival, July 20-29, 2012 is fast
approaching and early bird discounts have been extended through July 12th!!

For a closer look at what the Festival offers, let’s zoom in on Gordon Dahlquist. Emerging playwright and published novelist, his plays include Messalina, Delirium Paace andVortex Du Plaisir, and his novel, the NY Time bestseller The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. Dahlquist’s Tea Party twists our perceptions of time and space to explore the shady, and very present political terror hovering on the edges of America’s very near future. Gordon explains in a recent blog post:…Tea Party is a…story of insurrection, civil unrest, sectarian violence, divided government, and foreign interference – which just happens to be set in Colorado. Read more about Tea Party Here

Ticket Prices:
$15 Online Only
$20 at the Door


See the ENTIRE BAPF 35 plus:
NO Waiting in Line.
Reserved Seats at any performance.
Complimentary Snack or Beverage at each show.
A $240 Value can be yours for only $75!


Pick any 4 of the 6 readings and enjoy!

This $80 Value can be yours for only $50!

*Only available for purchase online

Win Stuff While You Watch*!
Prizes include:
Tickets to an A.C.T. Show
Tickets to the California Academy of Sciences
Spirit Tasting at Hangar One Vodka
Bottle of Bourbon
Pera Brunch Giftcard
Christophers Books Giftcard
So Much More!
Buy Raffle Tickets Online!
Each ticket is $3.00 or buy 4 for $10.00!
*presence encouraged, but not required to win. Email magan@playwrightsfoundation.org to find out more.

The Bay Area Playwrights Festival July 20-29

Friday, July 20
8pm Grounded by George Brant

Saturday, July 21
12pm Ideation by Aaron Loeb
4pm Brahman/i by Aditi Brennan Kapil
8pm Samsara by Lauren Yee

Sunday, July 22
12pm The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen
6pm Tea Party by Gordon Dahlquist

Friday, July 27
8pm Brahman/i by Aditi Brennan Kapil

Saturday, July 28
12pm Samsara by Lauren Yee
4pm Tea Party by Gordon Dahlquist
8pm Ideation by Aaron Loeb

Sunday, July 29
11am Young Theater Maker’s Showcase
3pm Grounded by George Brant
6pm The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen

The Bay Area Playwrights Festival will be held at:
The Thick House
1695 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Work with the Playwrights Foundation!

Now Seeking:
Production Assistants Volunteers

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A Beginner’s Tool Belt: Writing from the Inside Out

Take the plunge down under, and down into your mind as you go through a six week writing course in which you emerge with a new One-Act Play, and other useful tips and tricks for playwriting. Taught by the charming Lachlan Philpot, award-winning Australian playwright and Dramaturg to the Bay Area Playwright Festival’s Tea Party!
Click Here to Find Out More!

$300 registration Fee

Save your Space TODAY!

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616-16th Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- Hosts Duke Southard “Adventures of a True Crime Neophyte”

The Society of Southwestern Authors- Hosts Duke Southard “Adventures of a True Crime Neophyte”
July 15, 2012
Monthly Forum
11:00am – 2:00pm

Tucson City Center InnSuites Resort
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Simply take the St. Marys/Speedway exit coming either E or W on I-10, continue past the next intersection then turn East one block to N Granada
to the Hotel parking lot, or come via Speedway to I-10

Duke Southard
“Adventures of a True Crime Neophyte”

Email: ssabrunches@gmail.com or Telephone: 546-9382 by Wednesday July 11.
Cost: $25.00

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