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Site Hosting and Downtime

Tweet I just wanted to share a little technical note. Unstressed Syllables is currently undergoing a little bit of site maintenance, so you might see some availability issues in the next week or so. I’m moving the site to a new webhost. We actually started last week, and it shouldn’t take too long, but if […]

New Weekly Schedule

Tweet Well, as I said last Thursday, in light of my ridiculously busy fall schedule, I’ve been toying with the idea of dropping my weekly Technical Writing series here at Unstressed Syllables. At the same time, I said I thought I’d probably have last week’s series for you this week. I don’t. I received a […]

On Prewriting: A Schedule

Tweet This month I’ve been talking about NaNoWriMo, and how I bullied my dad and sister into writing their first novels, and my own glorious experience writing Gods Tomorrow a couple years back. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of writing a novel. Well…actually, that’s not true. There’s definitely another thrill that matches it: Holding […]

Holiday Weekend

Tweet I hope you’ll forgive me, but between the start of classes (and a major paper and presentation already due on Thursday), and family plans for the holiday weekend, I’ve elected to grant myself a 3-day weekend here at Unstressed Syllables. This week’s Tech Writing article on headers and footers in Microsoft Word, will run […]

How to Build an e-Book — Time’s Running Out on Reader Discount

Tweet I just wanted to post a quick reminder that there’s a 40% discount for you, my loyal readers, on How to Build an e-Book. I don’t know if any of you are interested (and it doesn’t hurt my feeling if you’re not), but if you are, you should get it now. The 40% discount […]

How to Launch an e-Book

As I prepare to launch my site’s first product, How to Build an e-Book, I wanted to let my regular readers know what to expect in the coming week.

My Experience with the Conscious Me Pre-Writing Challenge

This year, I participated in the first annual Conscious Me Pre-Writing Challenge. Not only did I participate…I won it. This challenge is all about Writing it Early, which I talked about at the start of the challenge. That’s something you need to work on, whether you’re a blogger, a novelist, or anyone else who has to do serious writing from time to time. It always feels like a hassle, a necessary evil — or maybe you see it as a luxury you can’t afford — but it’s one of the best things you can do to make your work better (and, ultimately, to make it easier and less stressful).

Pre-Writing Challenge Weekly Updates

I’ve mentioned it a couple times, and even devoted a whole page to a detailed description, but I’m participating in the Conscious Me Pre-Writing Challenge.

It’s all about Writing it Early, which I talked about a couple weeks ago, just as I was getting started. I thought it might be beneficial to you guys, my readers, to know a little bit more about the challenge, and about my experience with it.

Introductions Are in Order

Tweet Or perhaps I should call it a Character Description. Whatever the case, I’m proud to announce’s newest contributing author, Courtney Cantrell. Courtney is the co-creator of our Facebook writer’s group, Mightier than the Sword, and one of my dear friends. Though we’d run in overlapping social circles for years, I met her through […]

What’s in a Name?

Tweet I have just made the startling discovery that I can turn you into a better writer. As you may have seen in my About page, I’ve recently become a Technical Writing professor. There’s an old saying some of you are probably already thinking about that goes, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” […]