Are you an original blog writer?

Got blogger’s block? Can’t think of anything original to write about? Not to worry! Here are some ideas to help get the creative juices flowing.

Are you an original? I am sure you will say “yes”. No two of us are the same, and these days movies, songs and personal development blog posts drum into our heads the importance of individuality.

But this is not a personal development blog post. This is a blog post about your blog posts and your articles. The question is: “Are you an original…blogger.”

A lot of emphasis has been placed on “original” and “unique” content recently, mostly because people believe (partly correctly) that Google robots will storm your website and emasculate its rankings if they discover that you are publishing “duplicate content”. [Read more…]

Florida journalism student targets fake news to win MUSE writing scholarship

The 2022 MUSE Scholarship winner is a future sports journalist who warns us about the allure of fake news. Congratulations Caleb Thomas!

Somebody had to win it. Applications for the THGM MUSE Scholarship closed on May 15. And now, we have a winner to announce.

Caleb Thomas of Port St. Lucie, Florida, is the 2022 MUSE Scholarship winner. For the past year, he has been finishing up his high school in Edinburgh, Scotland. Now, he’s coming home to study multimedia journalism at Troy University.

Caleb plans to pursue a career in sports journalism. This field is not new to him, as has worked in the past for SportsTalkATL in Atlanta.

Choosing a winner was not easy, with different styles of writing and stories that took us from the streets of Paris to the subway of Toronto.

Caleb won the scholarship with a story called simply “Truth”. [Read more…]

How to write a script for a speech contest or a talent competition

Winning a talent competition or a speaking contest begins with good writing. So does any speech where you hope to change attitudes, entertain or lead people to action. Here is how to write the script.

Are you planning to vie for the coveted Miss Universe title? Perhaps not, but there is a lot to be learned from “talent competitions” and speech contests about being an effective speaker. A well-crafted speech can win speaking contests at Toastmasters. It can win a seat on the school board or town council. Or it can win people to your cause.

I will share two example talent competition speeches with you, along with some analysis. You might notice a few (or several) things that I don’t cover. Feel free to add them in the comments.

Then I will share a sample talent competition speech we wrote for a client, as an example of a good speech competition script. [Read more…]

How to write a maid of honor speech – with examples

The bride has just asked you to be the maid of honor and, oh, by the way, would you like to give a speech? No worries – you got this. Here are four examples of successful maid of honor speeches we have written for real weddings.

The bride did not choose you to be maid of honor for your speaking abilities. She chose you out of love. And love might inspire your speech, but you still need to know what to say and how to say it.

If you are looking for maid of honor speech ideas or examples of maid of honor speeches, read on. [Read more…]

New scholarship for first year writing students in 2022

We are offering a new US$500 scholarship to American and Canadian high school seniors this year. Any first-year post-secondary writing-related program qualifies.

Let your young writer friends know: if they’ve applied for a first year writing-related program, they can now apply for the THGM MUSE Scholarship. The deadline is May 30.

The scholarship awards US$500 (or C$630 if they are studying in Canada) to one high school senior. They must be enrolled in (or have applied for) a writing-related program at the post-secondary level. Examples of eligible programs are: [Read more…]

Adapting books to film – how to turn a novel into a movie or TV series

There are so many films based on books. You, too, might want to turn a novel into a movie. This complete guide offers 11 screenplay-writing tips to adapt a book into a movie.

So, you’ve written a novel. Now you want to turn your book into a movie or a TV series. What could be easier?

Writing a book manuscript and writing a screenplay are very different projects. And adapting a book into a TV series or a movie takes more than just reformatting the text. Here are 11 steps for how to adapt a book into a screenplay. [Read more…]

Plain language writing guide

If you want more people to read what you’ve written and to understand what you mean, the tips in this plain English writing guide will help.

If you are writing to entertain, there’s nothing like foreshadowing, suspense and colorful language to engage your audience.

If you are writing to inform, you need to be clear. You need to be precise. You need to write in plain English. Or in plain French or German or whatever language. Readability is what matters.

  • The easier your text is to read, the more people will read it.
  • The easier your text is to read, the more of it people will read.
  • The easier your text is to read, the more people will understand your message.
  • The easier your text is to read, the fewer errors people will make.
  • The easier your text is to read, the less people will gloss over your message as they read it.

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Pets in kidlit books teach children important lessons

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. Charlie The Chomp’ion: When winning comes with a consequence by Julia Giancaspro teaches children a lesson on consequences through the eyes of her pet dog.

Let the chihuahua shine! New author Julia Giancaspro has put her pet chihuahua Charlie in print in Charlie The Chomp’ion: When winning comes with a consequence. This delightful book will entertain children ages three to 12, while teaching them about the importance of the choices they make. [Read more…]

You might be a writer (or writers)

What is a writer? We’ve looked for those tell-tale signs, and we’ve found some more. You might be a writer…or perhaps you might be several writers.

Jeff Foxworthy says that you might be a redneck. But I say that you might be a writer. In fact, I’ve said it seven times already: [Read more…]

10 New Year’s resolutions for writers and authors in 2022

Welcome to a new year – 2022. Despite that pesky virus, it’s the perfect time for fresh beginnings. If you are a writer or author, here are some New Year’s resolutions for you.

Technically, there is nothing special about New Year’s Day. It’s just the day we start counting over.

There is no reason why you can’t make resolutions to change your life today, tomorrow, next week or on June 17.

But, as we start to count over, many people take advantage of that event to also make over their lives. And why not? Any excuse to make ourselves better is a good excuse. [Read more…]

Best man speech examples – tips and ideas for a best man wedding speech

So you’re the best man or groomsman, and you’ve been asked to speak. No problem. Here are five examples of best man speeches that have been huge successes at real weddings.

Nobody has ever been chosen as a groomsman or a best man because they are great speakers, and certainly not because they are great speechwriters. If you are looking for best man speech examples or best man speech ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

A good best man wedding speech is heartfelt and funny. But most of all, it is personal. Each of these short best man speeches was hand crafted by our speech writers. You can pick up ideas from them, or you can hire our best man speech writers to write just as wonderful and personal a custom speech for you. [Read more…]

Enhanced biblical narrative published: David and Bathsheba’s story retold

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes his book. Wisdom Betrayed: David, Bathsheba and the Man Behind the Throne is Don Clifford’s work of biblical enhancement.

The story of David and Bathsheba is one of the better known tales from the Bible. But like all Bible stories, it is told in few words. That leaves so much to the imagination. Or to speculation. Or to deductive reasoning.

That’s what Anne Rice did with her famous Christ the Lord series. And that’s what Don Clifford has done with his book Wisdom Betrayed: David, Bathsheba and the Man Behind the Throne. As he and I struggled with how I should refer to this genre, he said: [Read more…]

Do you want to hire a slave or a writer?

Some people want something for nothing. Tempting as the offer sounds, I just don’t need any more nothing right now.

Rant time! Every day – yeah, pretty much every day – I get an email from somebody seeking to hire a slave. In my mind’s eye, I see them standing there with a whip and an evil laughter. “Muuaahhahahhahahaaaaa!”

Here is one of those emails I just received. [Read more…]

Average book word count: how many words should I write?

It’s one of the first questions new authors ask us: “How long should my book be? How many words should I write in my manuscript?” Here is some useful guidance, from children’s books to fantasy novels.

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First-time authors come to us for help to take their book idea to the next level. One of the first issues to address is the desired word count of the book. That determines everything from the ghostwriting fee to the outline they’ll need for their manuscript. We get questions like:

  • How many words make a novel?
  • How many words should your first novel be?
  • What should be a picture book word count?
  • What should be a fantasy novel word count?
  • What’s the minimum word count for a novel?

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Proofreading saves body parts! How a lady’s chest went up for sale online

Women are being sold on the Internet, one piece at a time. It’s a tragic dismemberment that could be avoided simply by proofreading what you write.

I’ve written before about the dangers of not proofreading carefully. For instance, one celebrity chef became a cannibal, all because somebody forgot a comma. Such a tragedy, really.

Then there was the time I nearly accepted a position as a hitman, a murderer. Thank goodness for proofreading.

Now I learn that people are accidentally selling their used body parts, all because somebody didn’t proofread carefully enough. [Read more…]

Words of wisdom from 15 Canadian novels

The stories we love best are filled with subtle (and not-so-subtle) lessons and perspectives. These quotes from 15 modern Canadian books offer unique insights into the lives we live.

Most people look for words of wisdom in self-help books or in the Bible or other religious guides. But you will find much to think about in the passing comments of characters in works of fiction and other books, too.

Consider my favourite motivational quote: [Read more…]

How to write a commencement speech

A commencement or convocation speech should deliver a powerful message, one that students can draw on for inspiration in their lives beyond the academic walls.

Commencement speeches, typically about 10 minutes long, have the power to change lives. Not usually in big ways, of course. More in the sense of giving an uplifting message that students can take with them from graduation out into the world when they need inspiration.

Sevy Petras is co-owner of Priority Life Care, a chain of retirement homes. She was invited to speak to the graduating class at Tiffin University in Ohio. [Read more…]

How to write the plot of a story

Writing the plot for a story is never simple. If you are just starting out writing fiction, a template can help you get started and structure your outline.

So many people want to write a book or movie, but find it hard to structure their story. They aren’t sure how to write the plot of a novel or a screenplay.

The Infographic below is more than just how to write a plot of a story – it reads like the plot summary of a typical fiction story, or even of an epic non-fiction story. [Read more…]

Dr. Seuss books – to cancel or not to cancel?

It is right to rethink old literature. But does cancel culture amount to book burnings?

It was on Twitter that I first saw news that people were cancelling Dr. Seuss. Sooner or later, everybody gets cancelled, but I could not imagine why anybody would pick on Dr. Seuss, a childhood favorite of mine.

It turns out that all the discussion is because Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the organization in charge of Dr. Seuss’s legacy, announced that it would no longer publish six of his books, saying that “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

It was a proactive action. But it got media play and people have weighed in both against and for Dr. Seuss. [Read more…]

New book tells baseball stories from around the world

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes a best seller. A Pilot’s Passion: Baseball Travels the World is a genre-defying book by Scott Weaver.

Is it an anthology of short stories?

Is it sports?

Is it self-help motivation?

It’s all three!

If you love baseball, you’ll love this book. If you have a world view, and would be thrilled to read about how “America’s pastime” is taking roots in the far corners of our planet, you’ll really, really love this book.

Retired USAF fighter pilot Lt. Col. Scott Weaver loves baseball. He even headed well down the path of a career in baseball, and was invited to try out with both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. [Read more…]