Welcome to Wording It Right

ARE YOU A SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE BUSINESS IN NEED OF EDITING, PROOFREADING AND WRITING SERVICES? WORDING IT RIGHT IS HERE TO HELP.

WRITING

We can help you produce in-house/internal communications publications, press releases, web content, email newsletters, etc.

EDITING

We can help you with editing articles, blogs, web content, newsletters, business documents. We will will edit your documents for grammar, punctuation, consistent style and flow.

PROOFREADING

We can help you with proofreading content for social media pages, articles, brochures, books to ensure they are grammatically sound, punctuated properly, while also making sentences and paragraphs stronger and concise to stay in line with company objectives.

About Us

Know About Us

Wording It Right offers more than 20 years of expert and awarding winning writing and editing experience. We are professional and work well on tight deadlines.

Services

THINGS WE DO

Problems work­ing with words? Or prob­lems proof­ing your own writing?

Are you a talented person who thinks well, speaks well, but writes poorly? Many gifted executives and business owners have problems writing effectively. Sometimes it’s because they’re using English as a Second Language (ESL). Sometimes it’s because their brains process information differently. And some­times they’re just too busy and need to delegate tasks.

My document, manuscript, and website copyediting and copywriting goals: to ensure that the words I edit or write reflect your personality and tone and touch your read­ers and visitors. Let me review your website/blog articles, reports, website text, email, print letters, greetings like holiday wishes and business birthday cards, or other documents for punctuation, capitalization, consistent style, and usability. And for formatting and layout strength.

Let me help. And you can continue doing what you do best: selling, marketing, coordinating, and overseeing your business.

Social Networking

Social media pro­vides meth­ods for social inter­ac­tion, turn­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion into some­thing you can use to inter­act with oth­ers across the Internet. Unlike news­pa­pers, TV, and movies, social media can be almost imme­di­ate, and fairly cost free. That’s a sim­pli­fi­ca­tion, but there’s a deeper expla­na­tion here.

Social net­work­ing can be an impor­tant part of your busi­ness. Or not. NetLingo says it’s an online com­mu­nity of peo­ple who are social­iz­ing via a par­tic­u­lar web­site. It’s good to keep an eye on sites like Mashable, and know that social net­work­ing is out there, but it is not a “given” that social net­work­ing will bring busi­ness to your website(s) or local busi­ness. In other words, there isn’t a for­mula for whether or not small busi­nesses and non­prof­its should host blogs on their web­sites … or have just a blog.

Are you a tal­ented per­son who thinks well, speaks well, but writes poorly?

Many gifted exec­u­tives, busi­ness own­ers, and writ­ers have prob­lems writ­ing effec­tively. Sometimes it’s because they’re using English as a Second Language (ESL). Sometimes it’s because their brains process infor­ma­tion dif­fer­ently. And some­times they’re just too busy and need to del­e­gate tasks.

If you strug­gle with email, arti­cles, man­u­scripts, reports, or any kind of copy for your busi­ness, online or other, let me help. Document edit­ing and writ­ing. Website edit­ing and writ­ing. Proofing. Blog writ­ing and train­ing. And you can con­tinue doing what you do best: sell­ing, mar­ket­ing, coor­di­nat­ing, and over­see­ing your business.

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Site Content Maintenance

Has the message on your website become stale or outdated? Have your business objectives changed or expanded? Does your website need fresh content and photos?

Allow Wording It Right to help. We will perform regular website content maintenance, cleaning up grammar and spelling errors. We will also make certain that each sentence and word does what it’s supposed to do and that is move your message forward.

Wording It Right can also assist you with content creation as well as posting videos and photos.

Favorite Writing References

As a writer who deals with words all day, there are times when it’s easy to get stuck. Words run together, principles go out the window and your mind is filled with clutter. It’s like the old brain needs a recharge, a re-direction.

Here are some of the places I visit when I feel my writing needs help.

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Judy’s Tips

Writing Tips

The Four Classifications of shortened words and phrases

Abbreviations

All types of shortened words and phrases are technically abbreviations, but we generally use this term to denote shortened words—for example, Dr. in place of Doctor, pars. in place of paragraphs, Found. in place of Foundation, lbs. in place of pounds, AK in place of Alaska.

Acronyms

Acronyms are formed from the initial letters of phrases or compound terms. For example, the word radar comes from radio detecting and ranging. Some acronyms, such as radar and scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) become words in their own right and hence are uncapitalized and unpunctuated. Other acronyms, such as NATO, AIDS, and NAFTA, are capitalized because the original words are capitalized (e.g.,North Atlantic Treaty Organization). In 21st-century English, they are usually unpunctuated (though some publications resist this trend).

Abbreviations

All types of shortened words and phrases are technically abbreviations, but we generally use this term to denote shortened words—for example, Dr. in place of Doctor, pars. in place of paragraphs, Found. in place of Foundation, lbs. in place of pounds, AK in place of Alaska.

Acronyms

Acronyms are formed from the initial letters of phrases or compound terms. For example, the word radar comes from radio detecting and ranging. Some acronyms, such as radar and scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) become words in their own right and hence are uncapitalized and unpunctuated. Other acronyms, such as NATO, AIDS, and NAFTA, are capitalized because the original words are capitalized (e.g.,North Atlantic Treaty Organization). In 21st-century English, they are usually unpunctuated (though some publications resist this trend).

Initialisms

Although acronyms are technically initialisms, we usually use this term to describe initial-letter abbreviations that are pronounced as letters rather than words—for example, CEO, a.k.a., FBI, r.p.m., and USA. The trend with initialisms is away from using periods, although many publications use periods when the original words are uncapitalized (e.g., r.p.m. from rotations per minute, and e.g. from the Latin loan phrase exempli gratia).

Contractions

Contractions are formed by omitting one or more letters from a word or phrase and replacing the omitted letters with an apostrophe—for example, can’t for cannot, they’re for they are..

ACTIVE VOICE vs. PASSIVE VOICE

In most cases writing in the active voice is the best approach. Active voices makes your words stronger, more concise and to the point.

Passive voice sentences usually take too long to get to the point and as result are weaker.

COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS

Affect/Effect

  • “Affect” is usually a verb, “meaning to have influence on.”

  • “Effect” is usually a noun, “meaning the result of an action.”

Between/Among

  • Use “between” to show the relativity between two objects.

  • Use “among” when it is more than two objects.

Farther/Further

  • “Farther” refers to physical distance.

  • “Further” refers to an extension of time or degree.

Lay/Lie

  • “Lay” means to place or deposit and requires a direct object (forms: lay, laid, laying).

  • “Lie” means to be in a reclining position or to be situated. It does not take object (forms: lie, lay, lain, lying).

Principal/Principle

  • “Principal” as a noun is a chief person or thing; as an adjective it means first in importance.

  • “Principle” is a noun meaning a fundamental truth, doctrine or law; a guiding rule or code; a method of operation.

Judy’s Grammar Tips

Oppress means to persecute/tyrannize/bully. A nation could be oppressed by its lead­ers, a com­mu­nity could be oppressed by a pow­er­ful seg­ment intent on con­trol, and a child could be oppressed by bullies.

Further, peo­ple can feel oppressed (worried/depressed) by many things, such as a strange atmos­phere or strange surroundings.

Repress means to restrain, limit, sub­due or end some­thing. People can repress a smile if they are in a seri­ous sit­u­a­tion where smil­ing isn’t appro­pri­ate, and they can repress mem­o­ries, but they can rarely repress a sneeze.

On a larger scale, gov­ern­ments can repress a rebel­lion as well as repress inflation.

 

About The CEO

WE ARE ALL HERE TO HELP YOU

Terrance Harris is veteran journalist, who has more than 20 years of professional writing and editing experience.

During Terrance’s career he has worked for publications such as The Houston Chronicle, New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Kansas City Star, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Arizona Daily Star and The Indianapolis Star.

He has also worked for top digital media companies AOL, CBS, NOLA.com and BET.

Terrance Harris was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio. He graduated from Shaker Heights High School before moving on to The Ohio University in Athens, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from the prestigious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Terrance currently resides in Houston.

 

Terrance Harris

CEO

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