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Today, we’re spotlighting a new Grammarly Premium check that’s designed to help you show more confidence in your writing.

What Is Hedging?

Take a look at some of your recent emails. What phrases do you tend to use when you’re making a suggestion or asking a (potentially uncomfortable) question? If you’re like most people, you may use a lot of phrases like “I think we should . . .” or “I feel like . . .” or “It would be great if . . .” All these phrases are forms of hedging—they’re little qualifiers that undermine what you’re saying.

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Why Hedging Is a Problem

There are a few reasons a writer might hedge. Hedging makes your statements less direct, and sometimes that feels more polite, especially if you’re expressing disagreement or criticism. Hedging can also feel like an escape hatch. If you turn out to be wrong, well, it was just a random thought you had . . . But the feeling of safety you get from hedging is only that: a feeling. In reality, hedging makes you look uncertain and unconfident.





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How to Avoid Hedging

Hedging can become such an ingrained habit that it’s hard to even notice yourself doing it. Our new check alerts you to phrases that undermine your message and offers you clear and confident wording to use instead. Curious to see what it can do? Read on.

1 I think . . .

Hedging: I think we should set up a meeting.

Confident: Let’s set up a meeting.

2 I feel like . . .

Hedging: I feel like we could find space for one more person.

Confident: We could find space for one more person.

3 It would be great if . . .

Hedging: It would be great if you could turn in your application by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Confident: Please turn in your application by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.

4 Should be able to . . .

Hedging: I think I should be able to finish the research phase this week.

Confident: I can finish the research phase this week.

5 Basically . . .

Hedging: Basically, I’m still waiting for Tim to answer my questions.

Confident: I’m still waiting for Tim to answer my questions.

When you show confidence in your own ideas, others are more likely to support them, too. Although writing without hedging phrases can feel awkward and abrupt at first, it gets easier with a little bit of practice. Plus, you don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to help!

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Why I Choose to be an #Indie #Author #RRBC #RWISA

This is by Nonnie Jules, president of Rave Reviews Book Club. (RRBC) As a writer, I work with a small publisher. I suppose that includes me on the “Indie” list. That’s fine with me. Like Beem, ‘I’m proud to be an Indie.’ I know how hard it is to write, format, create a book cover and MARKET your books. This reblog is going in my blog and on Facebook.


The main reason is INDEPENDENCE.  I remember as a child dreaming of becoming a writer.  As I got older with a bit more knowledge under my belt, I dreamed of one day becoming a published author.  After having read many stories of how authors were rejected over and over again, and how hard it was to break into the publishing business, after a while, the thought completely left my mind.

Then one day (later in my life), I read an article about a self-published author who had become a New York Times Bestseller.  I’ve told the story before of how I reached out to her, how we communicated back and forth until I got to the part about her sharing with me her secrets, then all conversation came to a screeching halt (another reason there is now RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, where support and non-competition are both high priorities)…that’s…

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This is a lovely poem by Nonnie Jules. Maybe if we all wish and give (esp. jobs) the homeless will be rehomed.
Good luck and Godspeed to all.


In light of the recent tragedies with the hurricanes and now the fires raging in California, many families are misplaced – forced to live away from their homes.  Some won’t return to those homes, because they’ve been destroyed.

Then, there are those who live on the streets year-round…many out of necessity, because they have no home.  We refer to them as simply… “The Homeless.”  It is for them that I write this piece…



Christmas living room

People wish for presents

That fit ‘neath a Christmas tree

But, I’d like something more special

Gifted just for me.

I want a place to come home to

A place to call my own

I’d like to feel the shelter

Of my very own home.

Living on the streets

Or, sometimes out of a car…

Is the most horrible feeling

I’ve ever felt thus far.

I pray for this hell to…

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5 self-publishing truths few authors talk about

I found this very interesting, and it’s realistic as far as my book sales go. I almost quit but decided to go ahead and finish this latest book (Matt’s Murder–a mystery in horse country) and probably work on another. So, you can’t keep persistence down. I hope you enjoy this article and I thank Dylan Hearn for writing it and posting. If anyone wants to comment, I would love to hear from you, too.

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One of the hardest thing to watch on social media is an author, usually a debut author, getting excited about their upcoming book launch and knowing they are about to get hit around the head with a hard dose of reality.

They’ve done the right things, built up a twitter or Facebook following, blogged about the book, sent copies out for review, told all their friends about the upcoming launch, pulled together a promo video and graphic, maybe taken out some adverts. The first few days after launch are filled with excited tweets, mentions of early positive reviews and chart rankings. Then, after a few days, maybe a few weeks, the positive tweets stop and an air of desperation sets in as the reality of life as an indie author hits home.

Part of the problem is that the authors most vocal on social media are those that have already seen self-publishing…

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