Writing Tip of the Day

William Strunk and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style is every writer’s must-have. It is the bible of journalists, copyeditors, and English professors–THE reference for the written word. Written in 1918 and published many times over, its tips and reminders are as relevant in the age of the Internet as in the age of the telegram.

For the next few days, we will be sharing with you some tips from this great writing classic. To order your own copy of the book, check out our recommended reads on the right sidebar:

Put statements in positive form.


Make definite assertions. Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, noncommittal language. Use the word not as a means of denial or in antithesis, never as a means of evasion.
He was not very often on time.   =     He usually came late.
She did not think that studying Latin was a sensible way to use one’s time.          =             She thought the study of Latin was a waste of time.
The Taming of the Shrew is rather weak in spots. Shakespeare does not portray Katharine as a very admirable character, nor does Bianca remain long in memory  as an important character in Shakespeare’s works.   =                     The women in The Taming of the Shrew are unattractive. Katharine is disagreeable, Bianca insignificant.
Source: “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career

The Philippines is the 5th largest country in Facebook.

That’s a huge marketing opportunity for businesses.

And an even bigger writing opportunity for writers.

Manila, 23 January 2011 — There are about 20.8 million Filipino Facebook users; that’s roughly 21% of the whole Philippine population.

On any given day, there are 10 million Filipinos on-line who spend 34 minutes on Facebook. These were the findings of the recent Comscore 2010 study, Facebook internal data and www.socialbakers.com.

The Philippines has been touted as home to the “most avid social networkers.”

It seems that apart from being crowned the texting capital of the world, the Philippines is now an emerging social networking capital.

To the founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, this means another emerging opportunity for writers.

Writer’s Block Philippines, founded by three freelance writers who collectively have over 20 years of experience in freelance writing, believes that emerging trends like Filipinos’ penchant for Facebook represent a counterpart opportunity for freelance writers.

“More and more companies are going to use social networking sites like Facebook as a viable marketing tool for their marketing programs. It’s cost efficient, it’s interactive and most important, it is reaching the target market on-line, which is where they spend a considerable amount of time,” said Ana Santos,   a co-founder of Writer’s Block Philippines who spent a great majority of her corporate career in marketing communications and advertising.

“Corporations will need writers who are not only knowledgeable about how to manage a Facebook Fan  Page, for example, but also how to speak in the brand’s voice, address queries and possibly complaints,” said Nikka Sarthou, also a Writer’s Block Philippines co-founder. “The writer will need a mix of brand management savvy and crisp writing skills,” added Sarthou, who is also content manager of a local travel website.

Writer’s Block Philippines who prides itself in finding new sustainable opportunities for writers will be discussing this trend in their upcoming writing workshop entitled: “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career”. The two-day workshop, which will take place on February 5 and 12 at the Enderun Extension College, will give an overview of “community venture management” which is the coming together of brand management and social media.

“We will talk about the foundations of strategic communication in the context of social media and marketing promotions. When it comes to social media like Facebook and Twitter, it is the writing that will engage customers and encourage productive discussions among consumers,” said Niña Terol-Zialcita, of the Writer’s Block Philippines trio whose corporate background in telecommunications taught her early on the role of customer engagement in building brand loyalty.

Writing as a career and a sustainable passion

“Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career”, which is the flagship workshop of Writer’s Block Philippines is now on its third run. Offering very practical tips on how to get published, finding and crafting stories, “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career” also aims to dispel the myths that surround freelance writing and help the participant start out with the proper mind frame needed to start a career as a writer.

“’Jumpstart’ is all about creating a career as a writer. If you are already working as a freelance or full-time writer, this workshop can help you learn about the other different writing opportunities that are available, to help diversify your income,” said Santos.

As the only one among the group who has successfully been freelancing full-time for over five years, Sarthou says, “You have to have a mix of writing projects. I write mostly travel and lifestyle features, but also take on corporate clients.”

“Writing full-time requires resourcefulness and having a nose both for stories and new writing opportunities,” stressed Zialcita. “Writer’s Block Philippines wants to be at the forefront of these new opportunities to give fellow writers a head start on making writing a full-time career and a sustainable passion.”

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“How to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 3.0” will be held on February 5 and 12 at the Enderun Extension College at 110 Campus Avenue McKinley Hill, Bonifacio  Global City, Taguig City.

Participation fee of Php 4,500 covers two-day course fee, CD hand-outs, workshop kit/goodie bag, and lunch with light snacks courtesy of Enderun.

For inquiries and to reserve a slot, please call:

Writer’s Block Philippines

0927.850.8280

Log on to www.writersblockphilippines.com to download the course outline.

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact:
Ana Santos

0917.886.4862

Email: writersblock.ph@gmail.com

Writer’s Block Philippines believes that writing is both art and craft, both creative and methodical, a form of expression and a discipline. Writing itself is only one aspect of “writing”; a culmination of other processes that make it easier for you to write your piece. Through its workshops, Writer’s Block will bring all these different processes together and teach you how to be an effective writer.

Writing Tip of the Day

William Strunk and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style is every writer’s must-have. It is the bible of journalists, copyeditors, and English professors–THE reference for the written word. Written in 1918 and published many times over, its tips and reminders are as relevant in the age of the Internet as in the age of the telegram.
For the next few days, we will be sharing with you some tips from this great writing classic. To order your own copy of the book, check out our recommended reads on the right sidebar:

William Strunk and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style is every writer’s must-have. It is the bible of journalists, copyeditors, and English professors–THE reference for the written word. Written in 1918 and published many times over, its tips and reminders are as relevant in the age of the Internet as in the age of the telegram.

For the next few days, we will be sharing with you some tips from this great writing classic. To order your own copy of the book, check out our recommended reads on the right sidebar:

Use definite, specific, concrete language.


Prefer the specific to the general, the definite to the vague, the concrete to the abstract.
A period of unfavorable weather set in.  =    It rained everyday for a week.
He showed satisfaction as he took possession of his well-earned reward  =     He grinned as he pocketed the coin.
Source: “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Writing Tip of the Day

William Strunk and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style is every writer’s must-have. It is the bible of journalists, copyeditors, and English professors–THE reference for the written word. Written in 1918 and published many times over, its tips and reminders are as relevant in the age of the Internet as in the age of the telegram.

For the next few days, we will be sharing with you some tips from this great writing classic. To order your own copy of the book, check out our recommended reads on the right sidebar:

Omit needless words.

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

Many expressions in common use violate this principle.

the question as to whether                 whether (the question whether)

there is no doubt but that                    no doubt (doubtless)

he is a man who                                     he

in a hasty manner                                  hastily

this is a subject that                              this subject

Her story is a strange one.                  Her story is strange.

the reason why is that                          because

Source: “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Everything you need to know about jumpstarting your freelance writing career

Writer’s Block Philippines will be hosting another run of its flagship workshop, “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career” on  Feb 5 and 12. Here’s a list of answers to questions that you may want to ask about the workshop. If we missed out on anything, feel free to call or message us at 0927.850.8280.

What are the details of the workshop?

What:                    Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career

When:                  February 5 and 12, 2011, 8AM to 4PM

Where:                 Enderun Extension College, McKinley Hill, Taguig

What does the P4,500 course fee cover?

The P 4,500 per head course fee covers

  • Course fee for two days
  • Lunch at the Enderun cafeteria
  • Light snacks with iced tea
  • Workshop kit
  • CD of workshop presentations

How can I pay for the workshop?

You can pay for the workshop via PayPal which you can access on www.writersblockphilippines.com

How will this workshop benefit me if I am —

An aspiring writer who has not yet been published

“Jumpstart” has very practical tips on how to get published, finding and crafting stories. It also aims to dispel the myths that surround freelance writing and help the participant start out with the proper mind frame needed to start a career as a writer.

Already working as a freelance or full-time writer

“Jumpstart” is all about creating a career as a writer. If you are already working as a freelance or full-time writer, this workshop can help you learn about the other different writing opportunities that are available, to help diversify your income.

You will also learn how to market and brand yourself as a writer.

What does the workshop cover?

You may view the course outline through www.writersblockphilippines.com.

Who is conducting the workshop?

The workshop will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a group of freelance writers who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance writing.

Website: www.writersblockphilippines.com

The founders of Writer’s Block are:

Ana Santos: sexual health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. Her last position was Asst. Vice President of a financial institution.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women in armed conflict, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

She is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos.

Nikka Sarthou: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. Her last corporate post was Associate Lifestyle Editor at a major publishing company.

Currently, Nikka is a full-time freelance writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts. She is also the Content Editor of OfficiallyPhilippines.com, a website that aims to be the ultimate travel guide to the Philippines.

Nina Terol-Zialcita: arts / culture and advocacy

Nina has over 10 years of experience in corporate, non-profit and public sectors and has been engaged in independent consulting and freelance writing since 2003. She is currently the contributing features editor of Spark Magazine, deputy editor of ProPinoy.net, and a contributor to various print and online publications. Her work can also be seen in books by the Asian Development Bank, the Direct Sellers Association of the Philippines, the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations, and, just recently, The Inaugural, a coffeetable book about the campaign and presidency of Pres. Benigno Aquino III.

In 2010, Nina was a scholar at the European Journalism Institute in Prague, Czech Republic.

Who are the guest speakers?

Yes, there will be two guest speakers, two seasoned media practitioners to give their insights and share their experiences about freelance writing from the editorial stand point.

Currently, the speakers are being finalized.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Please bring whatever writing materials you’ll need to take notes.

As a provision, you may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Who do I call for more information about the workshop?

For more information, please call Enderun Extension at 856-5000 local 505 and look for Monica or Florence.

You can also check the Writer’s Block Philippines at www.writersblockphilippines.com