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…]

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…]

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…]

New foraging cookbook for homesteaders and nature lovers

A THGM ghostwriter publishes her own book to help homesteaders, survivalists and nature lovers turn edible wild plants into gourmet dishes.

Usually our ghostwriters remain in the shadows, writing books, screenplays, speeches and articles for our clients.

But Karen Stephenson has stepped out of the shadows to pen her own Foraging Cookbook. This recipe book is built completely on edible wild food – plants you can find by foraging. [Read more…]

Hagrid moonlights – short screenplay

If you really like Harry Potter, you might think twice about reading this ‘original’ screenplay from my archives.

I can’t really tell you how it started. One of my daughters has always been a huge Harry Potter fan. One day, she stumbled upon Potter Puppet Pals, a series of puppet shows on Youtube. At the end of this post are a couple examples, in case you are interested.

I would always tell a story to my kids at night when they were younger; even when I was too tired, they wouldn’t let me off for a night. I always made the stories up on the spot.

At some point, they asked me to tell a Potter Puppet Pals story. [Read more…]

Proofreading saves lives! How I almost became a hitman by signing a murder contract

Never publish anything without proofreading. Ideally, have several people proofread. Here is a a case study of how proofreading saved me from becoming a hitman.

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Something Amazing – song lyrics in need of music

This song is an amazing song. But it’s just lyrics, so far.

This song is intended to be a pop-rock song. It’s been played once as heavy metal. It has a tune, just no music written down. What it needs now is music. Then, a singer or a band to run with it. [Read more…]

Proofreading saves lives! How a celebrity chef became a cannibal

It’s easy to miss vital details, which is why multiple proofreaders are often needed. Here is a tragic story – a proofreading case study – of how a typo turned a celebrity chef into a cannibal.

It all happened so innocently. In fact, at first nobody even noticed. Rachael Ray, a well-known celebrity chef, loved her family. And her dog. Apparently, she really, really loved them. In fact, she was normal in every sense of the word.

But then, somebody at a magazine made a fatal mistake. A proofreader failed to proofread the cover before publishing… [Read more…]

How to write a non-fiction book cover blurb that sells

If you plan to self-publish your non-fiction book, the most important thing you will ever write is the cover blurb for your book. Here’s how to do it right.

If you self-publish, you have to do it all. That includes preparing the cover of your book. Your book is like any other product – the packaging sells the cookies and the frozen dinner. Likewise, the cover sells the book.

People will get a feel for the book from the cover. [Read more…]

Speechwriting tip – harness the Power of Three

Repetition is a powerfully persuasive tool. Here’s how to make any speech (or article or blog post) more persuasive.

My fellow Doctor Who fans will instantly recognize “The Power of Three” as an episode in which Earth was invaded by an infinite number of seemingly identical cubes.

That’s repetition for you.

In speechwriting, or in any persuasive writing, the Power of Three takes on a more practical meaning. You can drive home your point more effectively by saying three short sentences, each one similar, but each one different. [Read more…]

These traits will make you a writer

What does it take to be a writer? Here are some traits that can help.

This is the seventh installment in a series that began as just a few random thoughts that I had to publish somewhere. When you gotta write, you gotta write.

If you have what it takes to be a writer, you’ll probably want to read the previous editions, so here they are: [Read more…]

Is there a hidden writer in you?

Is there a writer in you, just itching to burst forth? Here are 54 tell-tale signs!

This is the sixth installment in a series of self-help tests to help secret writers and not-so-secret writers proclaim their affliction.

If you can’t get enough or are still uncertain, never fear! Here are the previous five installments to help coax that hidden writer out into the open: [Read more…]

Christian marriage book published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes his book: The Marriage Code Book: Premarital & Marital Strategies, by Jack Mamo.

If you are looking for something new or the latest trend, you won’t find it here. Toronto marriage counselor Jack Mamo gives time-tested advice you can count on, because it’s proven to be effective. What’s new is how he has brought it all together in one volume, and written it from an authentically Christian perspective. [Read more…]

What Words With Friends can teach you about writing

If you plan to procrastinate, you might as well do so with something to challenge your inner wordmaster.

Neurolinguistics professor Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) played it as a way to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in the movie “Still Alice”.

Many of your writer friends probably play it.

You might, too.

Words With Friends. Better than Solitaire or WoW (World of Warcraft) as a procrastination tool, you rationalize. I mean, at least this game has something to do with writing. Welcome to the moral high ground. [Read more…]

Take this test to see if you are an incurable writer (56 questions)

Are you an incurable writer? Here are 56 tell-tale clues!

This is the fifth in a series of self-help tests to diagnose you as an incurable writer, hopelessly addicted to words and a vagabond spirit upon this planet.

If you are a writer, my condolences. But you won’t get any pity from me, because I’m a writer, too. If you missed any of the first four tests, here are the links: [Read more…]

Are you a #writer? Take this quiz.

Are you a writer? Take this 51-question quiz to find out!

This is the fourth in a series of self-tests to help you determine if you are a writer – someone afflicted with the compulsive need to express yourself in words at any time of day or night.

Being a writer is a terminal condition; it cannot be cured, only managed.  One of the best ways to manage being a writer is with humor.  So we take the humorous approach to diagnosing your condition. Take this writers quiz, then feel free to share your results in the comments below…if you dare! [Read more…]

Are You A Writing Hoarder?

We all know what hoarding is, but have you ever heard about writing hoarders?

Digital hoarding is “a thing”. Haley Cue of XoJane.com writes:

Technology has made collecting things so much easier, more attainable, creative, customizable. Filters! Hashtags! Sharing! We can get to know another person’s life by scrolling through a collection of images we’ve been granted access to. I am certain I would be doing these things regardless of time and medium, but I am thankful for the conveniences of my generation. I’d be terrified to find out how I would function without it all. [Read more…]

The power of motivational quotes

Motivational quotes capture people’s imagination. What’s so special about these portable tidbits of wisdom?

I am currently ghostwriting a book about stock market investment strategies. Yes, it’s a topic that is all about numbers. But don’t worry – the way I write it, readers will stay awake. One little trick in this book is that each chapter begins with a motivational quote, something to put the reader in the frame of mind to think about what’s coming up next. [Read more…]

How to write a great blog post: 99 best blog writing tips

There is much more to running a blog than writing. But writing alone is enough to warrant 99 tips. Follow these best blog writing tips for a world-class blog.

Bloggers wears many hats.  They are artists, creating images.  They are community managers, keeping readers engaged.  They are programmers, keeping the blog functioning.  They are marketers, promoting the blog as a whole and each new post as it publishes.

But above all, blogger are writers.  The Internet is overflowing with blogging tips.  Today, we sift through the noise, mix a few metaphors (because we can!) and focus on the essential oils – the writing! So, for a good blog – no, for a great blog – read on. [Read more…]

25 random things about this writer

How well do you really know your writer? Here is a sneak peak into David Leonhardt’s secret vault.

If that introduction sounds overly dramatic, that’s all in character. I have never been accused of lacking passion when I write. If you have been following my writing, that is one thing you already know about me.

This blog post is about 25 things you probably do NOT already know about me. So I won’t talk about Doctor Who or the cats that hang around outside our door (and their eight spanking-new kittens!) or our singing and dancing daughters, or anything else I’ve regularly revealed in this blog or on social media. [Read more…]