St. Paddy’s (Not Patty’s) Day Grammar Fun

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Around the world, Saint Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated, whether by feasts, parades, great displays of the color green, and much more merriment.

However, there’s one screaming error that prevails year after year …

It’s “Paddy” not “Patty!”

Whenever I see “Happy St. Patty’s Day,” I imagine that the day is March 18th (the day AFTER Saint Paddy’s) and I picture a diner waitress named Patty. Why would this proud waitress have a day named after her? For all of those hungover St. Paddy’s Day celebrators who are so wrecked that they, in awe of this merciful waitress named Patty, say “please” when she asks, “more coffee?”

On the website Paddy Not Patty, Marcus Campbell explains the source of the double “d” in “Paddy” comes from the “Pádraig,” which is an Irish male name deriving from the Latin “Patricius” or the English “Patrick.” Alternately, Campbell continues, “Patty” comes from “Patricia” or is a diminutive form of the “hamburger patty.”

Why not have the best of all of these words? Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on March 17th, Patty’s Day on March 18th (don’t forget to thank your waiters and waitresses!), and then wait a few months for May 28th to roll around when you can celebrate National Hamburger Day.
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How to Write Informative Content With a Creative Twist

Increase Your Creative Power

Want to have fun? Want to be more daring and feel great about taking risks without worrying about failure? Want to see opportunities instead of obstacles? Want to improve your problem solving skills? Want to be more innovative? Want to be happier and more playful with your writing?

Tap into your creativity.

Discover how you can be more creative, the creative writing process, and gain 10 creativity-infused writing strategies from the pros in the graphic below. To view the graphic in a new window, simply click the image below and then click the image again to zoom in or out.


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7 Keys to Repair a Severed Connection with Your Audience

Your Opportunity Is Now

Maintaining reader engagement is hard.

There are dozens of minuscule details that can make or break your audience’s distraction-prone, hair-trigger attention span. Make it and you’ll have gained a reader. Break it and you’ll lose a reader.

If you ended up making a bad impression due to a down website, a stray typo in your article, or even a negative review, then it’s important to remember: it isn’t the end of the world.

It’s an opportunity.

You may lose a battle here and there, but your commitment to get back up when you fall and improve your strategy will help you achieve a successful outcome.

Take the opportunity now to get back on track.

7 Keys to Repair Your Connection With Your Readers

1. Is That the Time?! You Ran Out of Time, Again

You’re busy. They (your audience) get it. Frankly, your audience doesn’t care whether you balanced a bowl of soup on your head while riding a unicycle, made tea, and wrote your article at the same time. They do care, however, that you took the time to carefully craft that article for them because once they’ve read it, your article will make an impact, big or small, on their personal or professional life.
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International Women’s Day: Women Who Inspire Change

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” – Libba Bray

This year’s International Women’s Day on theme struck a chord with us:

Inspire Change.

EzineArticles’ Expert Authors – both women and men – inspire change in each and every article they write.

In honor of International Women’s Day that occurs every March 8th, we sought out the leading authors from our Women’s Interests category. From topics ranging from work-at-home moms braving the balance between child rearing and business to revealing political, economic, and social rights for women in order to empower women and men in the future, these authors share their own experience, knowledge, and motivational stories to inspire change in their readers.

Read the stories and hard-won wisdom of these authors to find out how you can inspire change in others and grow in your personal and professional life.
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10 Things You Need to Give Up Before You Can Succeed as an Expert Author

It’s Time to Let Go

Does it seem like there’s a wall between you and your ability to succeed? Are you sure it’s not you?

When it comes to success, we can be our own worst enemy.

Today, I want you to read this list and truly consider, “am I doing this to myself?”

For each point that you are, I want you to write down the last three words of each point that applies to you:
“Let _____ go.”

Post each phrase in a location where you will (consciously and unconsciously) see it as a daily reminder. Rewrite it every time you start feeling procrastination creep in or those negative thoughts niggle at the back of your brain. Look at your note and say it out loud – use it as a mantra to reframe your thinking and begin working positively on your writing goals.

You can do this. Ready? Of course you are! Let’s begin.
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Article Writing Tips to Retweet: February 2014

Every month @EzineArticles provides over 100 useful tidbits of information, motivation, and training for over 104,900 followers.

We’ve gathered some of the best ones from February right here. Retweet any of them for motivation or to share with your Twitter followers.

Just CLICK on  to Retweet.


Motivational Quotes and Writing Advice

  • When all else fails, write what your heart tells you. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
     
  • Use what you stand for and what you oppose as a foundation to write great content that resonates with readers and creates a ripple effect.
     
  • Stop procrastinating. Start doing. “Once you stop stalling and start working, it takes a whole lot less time to do things!” – Crystal Paine
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15 Ways to Boost Your Confidence in Your Writing: Kill the Doubt

Stop Doubting Your Ability to Write

The first blog post I had ever written for this blog scared me senseless. I knew the material after years assisting Expert Authors and leading an incredible group of editors, but that first post … I stared a blank screen. I wrote a few lines, deleted them, wrote a few lines, deleted them, and continued repeating the cycle. I checked email and caught up on a few other projects. When Penny hinted at my approaching deadline for it, I finally locked the door to my office and churned out one of the worst drafts I’ve likely ever written in my life.

But that’s okay! It’s just the first draft, so who cares?! The first draft is always the toughest, but it didn’t defeat me and it certainly doesn’t have to defeat you. Through confiding in Penny and getting feedback from other writers, it dawned on me, like many of you may have experienced when you began writing or are experiencing right now:

It’s not your skills getting in the way of your first draft. It’s your confidence in your writing that’s holding you back.

Here are 15 ways you can give your writing confidence a shot in the arm to get through any period of doubt and back into the writing saddle.
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Q&A: How Do I Create an Article Set?

From the Mailbag: The Questions and Answers of Article Writers and Content Marketers Shared Just Like You!

Whether you didn’t know to ask, were too busy to ask, or didn’t think it was important enough to ask, you know there’s a huge benefit to listening in to the responses of other people’s questions. It’s one of the reasons talk shows have been such a huge hit: We can learn from the experiences of others and gain expert advice to apply to our own lives.

With this benefit in mind, I’m excited to introduce a new series that will post our Expert Authors writing and content marketing questions and we’ll answer them – in great depth – right here for you. So let’s stop killing time and get to it!

Janice from New Zealand writes:

I recently wrote an article that was too long on its own, so I separated it into two articles. When I submitted them, I received a reply that they were not considered suitable for publication because they were not complete on their own. How do I create an article set so each article stands on its own, but it also connects to the other article?
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15 Powerful Ways Your Writing Can Make a Difference

“True joy comes when you inspire, encourage, and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her.” – Zig Ziglar

The stages of writing an article, from initial brainstorming, researching, outlining, and completion, do not have to be overwhelming.

You know two things:

  • You need to grab your audience’s attention.
  • You need to become a formidable force in your niche.

How do you achieve this?

Think about where you want your work to take you. Next, consider the impact of your work and how it has affected your audience. No matter how many articles you produce, nothing will compare to the experience and emotion that readers experience because of your work.

A simple idea can transform someone’s life. An inspiring, positive message can cause a chain reaction that changes a mindset or belief. With your writing, you’re not merely giving your reader something to read to pass the time. You’re lighting a game-changing fire under the seat of their pants that challenges them to reach into their thoughts to consider what they’ve read as well as how it impacts their life and those closest to them.

Are your ready to make a positive impact? Make your writing stand out in an ocean of bland and uninspiring content with this list of ways you can impact others and truly make a difference.
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7 Reasons You Should Be Passionate About XYZ

Happy Valentine’s Day! Share the passion you have for writing articles using this free Article Template!

“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.” – Ivern Ball

Facts are waiting for anyone to pick them up and share them with others. However, facts are just facts without connection and enthusiasm. It’s your conviction, your belief, your immeasurable feelings, and your passion that compels your audience to stop and listen.

It’s for that reason you can positively electrify your writing by sharing your passion and connecting readers to the facts.

Give it a try with this article template!

7 Reasons You Should Be Passionate About XYZ Article Template

Introduction

Open with a great hook relevant to your topic: a quick anecdote that illustrates a story (dilemma or otherwise), a surprising statement that evokes interest, or a scene that places the reader in the future (either if they do or don’t become passionate about XYZ).
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