The Best Place to Consistently Find Winning Content Ideas

For the fourth night in a row, I woke up at 4:00 a.m. to the sound of a bird outside my window squawking in a unique, almost understated, way that echoed through my apartment as a clicking noise. On this particular night, I was accompanied by a pounding headache — but neither Squawking-Clicking Bird nor
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Lesson 287 – Parts of the Sentence – Sentence Variety

Having learned about phrases and clauses, let’s now use the following phrases and clauses to give variety to our writing: participial phrases, adverb clauses, adjective clauses, compound sentences or verbs.
First identify which of the above ways is used in the sentence, and then rewrite it using the three other ways identifying each of the methods used.
Example: Having finished my lessons, I sat back and gloried in my effort. = participial phrase
You must rewrite it using an adverb clause, adjective clause, and either a compound sentence or a simple sentence with compound verbs.
I finished my lessons, sat back, and gloried in my effort. = compound verbs
After I had finished my lessons, I sat back and gloried in my effort. = adverb clause
I who had finished my lessons sat back and gloried in my effort. = adjective clause
Instructions: Identify the written sentence and rewrite it the other three ways.
1. At dusk the manager threw the electrical switch, and the amusement park lit up like a star-studded galaxy.
2. As he walked out on the wire and completed his various routines, the acrobat carefully demonstrated his intricate ability.
3. The people who saw the basketball star surged against the restraints and called out compliments and greetings.
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
1. compound sentence
Throwing the electrical switch at dusk, the manager lit up the amusement park like a star-studded galaxy. = participial phrase
At dusk the manager who threw the electrical switch lit up the amusement park like a star-studded galaxy. = adjective clause
After the manager threw the electrical switch, the amusement park lit up like a star-studded galaxy at dusk. = adverb clause
2. participial phrase
When he had demonstrated his intricate ability, the acrobat carefully walked out on the wire and completed his various routines. = adverb clause
The acrobat demonstrated his intricate ability, carefully walked out on the wire, and completed his various routines. = compound verbs
The acrobat who carefully walked out on the wire and completed his various routines demonstrated his intricate ability. = adjective clause
3. adjective clause
Seeing the basketball star, the people surged against the restraints and called out compliments and greetings. = participial phrase
When the people saw the basketball star, they surged against the restraints and called out compliments and greetings. = adverb clause
The people saw the basketball star, and they surged against the restraints and called out compliments and greetings. = compound sentence

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Lesson 286 – Parts of the Sentence – Sentence Variety

Having learned about phrases and clauses, let’s now use the following phrases and clauses to give variety to our writing: participial phrases, adverb clauses, adjective clauses, compound sentences, or verbs.
First identify which of the above ways is used in the sentence, and then rewrite it using the three other ways identifying each of the methods used.
Example: Having finished my lessons, I sat back and gloried in my effort. = participial phrase
You must rewrite it using an adverb clause, adjective clause, and either a compound sentence or a simple sentence with compound verbs.
I finished my lessons, sat back, and gloried in my effort. = compound verbs
After I had finished my lessons, I sat back and gloried in my effort. = adverb clause
I who had finished my lessons sat back and gloried in my effort. = adjective clause
Instructions: Identify the written sentence and rewrite it the other three ways.
1. Watching the sunset above the mountain, John noticed the colors blending softly into one another.
2. The excited horse pawed the ground rapidly while it chewed on its bit and neighed continually.
3. The pilot climbed into his jet plane, adjusted his helmet, and attached his oxygen pack.
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
(My rewrites are only one way that can be used. Other ways may be possible.)
1. participial phrase
John watched the sunset above the mountain, and he noticed the colors blending softly into one another. = compound sentence
While he watched the sunset above the mountain, John noticed the colors blending softly into one another. = adverb clause
John who was watching the sunset above the mountain noticed the colors blending softly into one another. = adjective clause
2. adverb clause
The excited horse which pawed the ground rapidly chewed on its bit and neighed continually. = adjective clause
Pawing the ground rapidly, the excited horse chewed on its bit and neighed continually. = participial phrase
The excited horse pawed the ground rapidly, chewed its bit, and neighed continually = compound verbs
3. compound verbs
Climbing into his jet plane, the pilot adjusted his helmet and attached his oxygen pack. = participial phrase
After he climbed into his jet plane, the pilot adjusted his helmet and attached his oxygen pack. = adverb clause
The pilot who climbed into his jet plane adjusted his helmet and attached his oxygen pack. = adjective clause

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Clickbait or Damn Good Headline?

When I review applications from students in our Certified Content Marketer training program, I get to read some great content. And giving feedback on headlines to make them more powerful is one of my favorite parts of the process. My reason for that is simple. No one will ever know how good your content is
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Strongly Worded Advice Week on Copyblogger

This is a week of strong opinions on Copyblogger — designed to make you more productive, wiser, saner, and maybe even happier. We want you to do amazing things, so we’re not pulling any punches. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman encouraged us to get a handle on our information overwhelm, starting with getting smarter about the
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The Internet Is Not Your ATM

Maybe you have hopes and dreams about making a living online. Maybe you’ve envisioned a beautiful future where you work four hours a week, you never trade time for money, you sail through a life of ease because you’ve learned to “work smart” and figured out “one weird trick.” The internet doesn’t care. The internet
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21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers

Ah, the #writerslife, #amwriting, #wordcount — wait, hold that thought — #amlookingatmyphone, #destructiveprocrastination, #twitterblackhole, #zerowillpower … dammit what just happened? Every time I pick up my iPhone, I lose a minimum of 20 minutes that I could be writing a first draft of something, anything. The cult of “busyness” beckons me: I scratch at my
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