Which Writing Style Should You Choose in 2021?

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently discussed the Oxford comma and Singular they. Both these are typical examples of style in writing. That is, there is no right or wrong answer concerning their use; it all depends on personal preference. So does the question of the writing style you choose: Associated Press, Chicago Manual, MLA, etc. This handy guest post by EllenRoyce describes the various styles and their differences. Ellen is an experienced marketer, copywriter, and entrepreneur. Having started several small businesses online, she knows the importance of effective content marketing in building companies.

Which Writing Style Should You Choose in 2021?

Content writing styles | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

If you’ve got a digital product that keeps growing, you need to start increasing your number of content creators. And to make sure they all maintain the same voice and tone in their writings, you need to provide a content style guide. But which writing style formats should you prefer in…

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Timeless Mystery

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Days have passed and are passing by,

Swiftly or gently they gradually fly.

A mute spectator with glazed eyes,

I do not even question why.

Why do changes occur here?

Why do people love and care?

Why the hate, why the greed?

Why such cruelty? What’s the need?

Since times immortal people came.

Each had come to play their game.

Some were good, some were bad;

Some were happy, some were sad.

Such pain, such pleasure, they did feel;

But none could lift time’s veil.

Where did they come from? Where did they go?

Each put up an intense show.

Alas! The mystery remains unsolved,

Cause, keeping it a secret is God’s resolve.

MATTERS OF THE HEART

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“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”

– Jane Austen

Our heart is the most amazingly beautiful and priceless thing that God has gifted us. It is our heart that guides us through our lives. It helps us feel the wondrous rainbow of experiences – the sum total of which is called life.

The most important thing in life is to take care of those hearts that care for you. The more the number of hearts that care for us – the richer is the quality of our lives, irrespective of our financial conditions.  It is not enough to be surrounded by hearts that care, for in the long run this number is directly proportional to the number of hearts that we care for.

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is the foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love and wellbeing.”

James E. Faust

We must take care of the people who matter in our lives. There will be problems, troubles, stress which will create obstruction in the path of caring for these people, just as we find obstacles on our way to success, but if we are willing, there will always be a way.

“It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.”

–Al Pacino

The hearts around us must be made to feel that we really care for them, and everything is all right. This is the true wealth of our lives. The thing is, it costs very little to create an atmosphere of wellness and peace. A little bit of tolerance and tactful avoidance of unnecessary demands can do the trick.

“True wealth is not of the pocket, but of the heart and of the mind.”

– Kevin Gates

It is not necessary that everyone will reflect the happiness and peace emitted by you. There will be toxic people who will try to create a toxic atmosphere. These people are best avoided or ignored and their attempts to create a negative atmosphere must be nipped at the bud. By and by, their toxicity will cease to poison the surrounding atmosphere.

“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”

– Washington Irvin

When the hearts you meet in your life’s journey are made to feel contented and cared for, that contentment will have a ripple effect on the lives of many. In the long run it shall take humankind to a higher and better level of existence in the spiritual world.

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Paraphrasing Sentences for Writing Responses/Answers

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It is important to paraphrase a sentence for writing tasks in IELTS exams as well as for other exams. It gives an impression of having good grasp over the language and hence paves the way for a better score in the exams.

Paraphrasing means rewriting something in your own words, while retaining the correct and absolute meaning of the sentence.

There are several ways of paraphrasing a sentence.

  1. Re-ordering the sequence of words.
  2. Replacing words with synonyms
  3. Replacing voice of the sentence
  4. Replacing the part of speech

Paraphrasing by-

  1. RE-ORDERING THE SEQUENCE OF WORDS

Sentences can be paraphrased by changing the order of words.

One of the major causes of unemployment is mechanisation of industries.

Paraphrasing by changing word order-                                                                                                

Mechanisation of industries is one of the major causes of unemployment.

Here we have changed the sentence by changing the sequence of words by putting the words at the end of the sentence in the front. It is an easy way of paraphrasing but we must be careful that the sentence is grammatically and lexically correct.

  • REPLACING WORDS WITH SYNONYMS

In this method we replace the keywords with words having the same meaning to paraphrase the sentence.

One of the major causes of unemployment is mechanisation of industries.

Paraphrasing by using synonyms-

One of the main reasons of joblessness is automation of commercial enterprises.

In the above sentence the words ‘major’, causes’, unemployment’, mechanisation’ and ‘ industries’ have been replaced by the synonyms ‘main’,’reasons’, ‘joblessness’, ‘automation’ and ‘commercial enterprises’.

  • REPLACING VOICE OF THE SENTENCE

Sentences having objects can be changed into passive voice. Academic writers frequently use        passive voice and hence it can be used for paraphrasing academic responses.

A large number of people lost their jobs, as a result of the pandemic.

Paraphrasing by changing into passive voice-

As a result of the pandemic, jobs were lost by a large number of people.

Paraphrasing by changing into active voice-

Exquisite cuisine was enjoyed by the people attending the wedding.

The people attending the wedding enjoyed exquisite cuisine.

  •  REPLACING THE PART OF SPEECH

Sentences may be paraphrased by changing the form of words, like nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs may be replaced by another part of speech that would be suitable and appropriate. Care must be taken to ensure that the meaning of the sentence remains unchanged.

She has made her family proud.

Paraphrasing by changing the form of word-

 She is the pride of her family.   

In the first sentence proud is used as an adjective, whereas in the second sentence pride is used as an abstract noun.  The second sentence has retained the meaning of the first sentence while being paraphrased. 

Paraphrasing tips-

You may use any of these methods for paraphrasing your sentences, or may use a combination of methods that best suits your purpose. The most important thing is to maintain the correctness of the sentence along with grammatical accuracy. The most used methods are – paraphrasing using synonyms and changing the word order. However do not use a synonym unless you are 100% sure of its correctness. The same goes into using the other methods too. The trick is to go on practicing unless you master the art of paraphrasing.

How to Approach Your Long Term Goals

This is a beautifully crafted motivational post for writers.

A Writer's Path

by Kate M. Colby

Despite the “how to” title of this post, I’m not going to offer a series of steps to reach your goals. Obviously, each goal, each person, and each situation is unique, and frankly, you shouldn’t need me to tell you the steps to meet your aspirations. But what I do want to discuss is the mentality involved in reaching long term (or just plain big) goals.

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Eponyms

Words derived from names of real or fictitious people are called Eponyms. It is formed from the Greek word ‘Eponymos’ , which means ‘giving name’. An Eponymos person or thing is one who/which give their name to someone or something.

WordsMeaningEtymology
AmericaContinent (including North and South America)Amerigo Vespucci, Italian Mapmaker
ampereunit of electrical currentAndre M Ampere (1836),French physicist
Achilles’ heela weakness or vulnerabilityAchilles, a hero of Trojan war in Greek mythology. Only his heel was vulnerable where his mother held him while dipping him in River Styx
Atlasa book of maps Atlas was a Titan who was condemned to hold the sky for eternity
August esteemed and respected Augustus Caesar, first Roman emperor
BrailleWritten language for blind people, represented by raised dotsLouise Braille , French educator who went blind at the age of 3 while playing.
Boycottto refuse to buy, or take part in somethingCaptain Charles C. Boycott , an Irish land agent
bloomera type of female costumeAmelia Bloomer (1894), American feminist
bowdlerizeexpurgate portions of writing/bookThomas Bowdler (1895) Editor
Caesar SaladA rich green saladCaesar Cardini , Restaurateur
Cardiganwoollen garment with buttons or zip in the front7th Earl of Cardigan, whose soldiers wore knitted woollen waistcoats to war
CasanovaWomanizerGiacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and author
chauvinismexcessive devotion and aggressive beliefNicolas Chauvin (1815) French soldier full of excessive patriotism and devotion to Napoleon
Celsiusunit for measuring temperature in centigrade or Celsius scaleAnders Celsius, Swedish astronomer.
Derbyrace or sports competition, premier horse race12th Earl of Derby
Dickensianmelodramatic writingCharles Dickens, author
DraconianSevere (measures or laws)Draco, first legislator of Athens in ancient Greece known for his severe code of laws.
DieselFuel used in trucks and other machinesRudolph Diesel, the German inventor
Eroticrelating to sexual desireEros, Greek God of love
Fahrenheittemperature measurementGabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, physicist
Ferris wheela large vertical wheel, with seats that remain horizontal, used for amusement ridesGeorge Washington Gale Ferris Jr. Pittsburgh bridge builder
gladstonea type of travelling bagW.E. Gladstone (1898), a British statesman
guillotinean apparatus for beheadingJoseph Ignace Guillotin, French physician who invented it as a less cruel means of execution
guya man ,fellowGuy Fawkes, an Italian participant in the Gunpowder plot
Herculeansomething that requires great effort and strengthHercules, God of strength
Hygienepractice of keeping self and surroundings cleanHygeia, Greek goddess of cleanliness and chief attendent to her father Asklepios , God of medicine.
jacuzzia bath tub fitted with underwater jets for messaging the bodyCandido Jacuzzi , inventor of the Jacuzzi brand of baths.
Mentora person who guides and advices someone over a period of timeMentor, a guide/ teacher to Odyssues’s son Telemachus
Morphinepowerful drug for reducing painnamed after Morpheus, Greek God of dreams.
Machratio of an object’s speed in a medium to the sound of speed in that mediumErnst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher
MachiavellianCunning and unscrupulousNicolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, Italian Renaissance diplomat
machintoshrain coatCharles Machintosh (1843), Scottish chemist and inventor
macadamizebuild road with stone-chip and bitumenJohn M. Mac Adam, British Engineer
MarxismAn economic policy in favour of communismKarl Heinrich Marx, German philosopher
Mercurialchangeable and unpredictable behaviourMercury ( originally meant born under the planet Mercury )
mesmerizehypnotizeFranz Friedrich Anton Mesmer (1815) Austrian physician (Father of modern hypnotism)
Narcissistichaving an unusually high opinion and admiration of oneselfNarcissus, a hunter and son of river god Cephissus, who was excessively handsome and fell in love with his own reflection
NicotineA highly addictive chemical found in tobacco plantJean Nicot, French ambassador who sent nicotine from Portugal to France.
Napoleon ComplexAggressive behaviour of people with short height to make up for their statureNapoleon Bonaparte, French military leader
ObamacareA federal law for improving health insurance for US citizensBarak Obama (44th President of USA -2009 to 2017)
Panican extreme anxiety causing unthinking behaviourPan, the Greek God of shepherds who would often cause a stamped among the flocks with his shouts
paparazzia news photographer who takes candid photos of celebritiesPaparazzo, a character of news photographer the film La Dolce Vita
pasteurisationprocess of treating food with heat to eliminate bacteria and increase shelf lifeLouis Pasteur, a French chemist
pompadourhairstyle in which the hair in front of the head is brushed up into a high moundMadam de Pompadour, royal mistress to Louis XV
QuislingtraitorVidkun Quishling (1945), Norwegian polititian
ReaganomicsEconomic philosophy of Ronald Regan during the 80sRonald Reagan, 40th President of United States
saxophonea musical wind instrument with conical brass tube and keysAdolphe Sax, a musical instrument designer in Belgium
silhouettethe outline of an object seen against the lightÈtienne de Silhouette , French finance minister of 18th c whose hobby was cutting outlines of shadow portraits
Sandwichan item of food with filling between two pieces of breadEarl of Sandwich, who was fond of eating his food this way so that he did not have to leave the gaming table
ShrapnelFragments of a shell or bomb thrown by explosionMajor General Henry Shrapnel, British artillery officer
SideburnsFacial hair grown on the sides of the faceAmbrose Burnside, a union leader during Civil War
Tantalizingenticing , something teasingly out of reachKing of Phrygia who was made to stand in a pool of water with fruit hanging above him, which moved away from him if he tried to drink or eatTantalus
teddy beara soft toy bearTheodore Roosevelt, 26th President of USA who was presented with a stuffed toy bear by Morris Michtom
voltelectrical unitAllesandro Volta (1827), Italian Physicist
Vancouvercity in British Columbia, Canada
George Vancouver, explorer
watta unit of power (symbol W)
James Watt ,Scottish inventor
zambonia tractor like machine used to smooth ice in skating rinkFrank Zamboni who invented the first ice resurfacing machine

Plagiarism and Content Marketing

Nicholas C. Rossis

Plagiarism | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

When I got my first SEO copywriting assignment from InSync Media, I expected them to ask me to proofread my copy on Grammarly. However, I was surprised that they also asked me to check my text using an online plagiarism checker.

Then I realized how much sense that makes. After all, I make a point on my blog to properly attribute my content and link to my original sources.

Turns out, you don’t only need to worry about Plagiarism at school, college, or university. Plagiarism is a main concern in the content marketing world as well. When a brand steps into the market, it can face serious backlash if it simply copies another websites’ content and fails to link back or properly credit them.

The Benefits of Crediting Your Sources

Besides being the right thing to do, crediting your sources actually offers several benefits to you.

To secure your…

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Anguish Vanquished

Worry knocked my door
I didn’t recognise him
Being treated as a guest
He thought my heart an inn.

He ate away my time
He took away my sleep
He spoilt my peace of mind
His was cunning and was mean.

I began to think I’m helpless
I began to think I’m weak
I worried about the future
I worried about what has been.

Darkness circled my eyes
With all those sleepless nights
My heart catalysed to lead
And hope was frail and thin.

I nursed my hope with work
I fed her with labour and love
I cut down on my leisure
And watched worry become lean.

Hope and worry clashed
Hope had a hands down win
Worry left my mind
With all his kith and kin.

Happiness flew like breeze
And had a waltz with hope
Together they brought in success
Together they helped me win.

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