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Experimenting with the Pomodoro Technique

March 5th, 2015

As a freelance writer working from home, I face (at least) a couple of key challenges on a daily basis. First, I don’t get paid unless I actually work. Contrast this to a job where you are paid an hourly wage regardless of your relative level of productivity. Second, there is no one hovering over […]

Grammar 101: “I Am Bias” (Biased)

March 3rd, 2015

A recurring theme here with the Grammar 101 series on Beyond the Rhetoric is that many of the errors people make with grammar are caused by the combination of two factors. First, there are many phrases and idioms that are spoken more often than they are written. Second, the ubiquity of spell check and autocorrect […]

Improving Productivity with Kanban Boards

February 27th, 2015

One of the great benefits of being a freelance writer is that I get to explore not only topics where I already have some familiarity, but also those that are new to me. In researching these topics, I can learn a lot that can then be applied and leveraged in future projects. Indeed, an asset […]

Grammar 101: Using “Per Se”

February 20th, 2015

Having a spell checker integrated into your operating system, word processor or web browser seems like such a great idea. You can easily pick up on your errors and typos as you go along, ensuring that you have the right spelling for everything you write… except when you come across a term like “per se” […]

Grammar 101: Aw, Aww and Awe

February 10th, 2015

You don’t have to look much further than your typical Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed before you see a picture of a cat or a dog doing something adorable. Or maybe there are some cute animals at the zoo that elicit followers to go, “Awe, that’s so cute.” Or is it “Aww, that’s so cute” […]

Grammar 101: Adept and Inept

February 3rd, 2015

Being an effective communicator means choosing just the right word with just the right meaning under just the right circumstances. As a professional freelance writer, I am particularly cognizant of the words that I choose; some have said you should avoid the word “very” and employ more descriptive, visually-oriented terms instead. The film wasn’t very […]

Grammar 101: Phase or Faze Me

January 27th, 2015

Once again, we encounter a couple of words that sound exactly the same when they are said but have entirely different spellings and meanings when they are written out. As with so many of these word pairs, the confusion between phase and faze is further exacerbated by the fact that the latter is uttered far […]

Grammar 101: At a Loss for Words

January 19th, 2015

There are multiple levels to the English language. You start with the literal meaning, discern the implied meaning and unearth the symbolic meaning. With so many English idioms and sayings, non-native speakers can sometimes struggle with understanding what someone is actually trying to say. One such example is the phrase “at a loss for words.”