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About Ugur Akinci
One way to improve our lives is to organize and communicate information better. As a technical communicator working for Fortune 100 corporations, I've committed my career to finding better and more productive ways to communicate information.
In my books I try to solve such information and productivity problems by suggesting concrete actions and techniques to tackle them.
Witnessing people break through their boundaries and achieve new levels of competence, success and happiness is what drives me as a writer and technical communicator.
I also love movies, poetry, creative writing, spirituality and write on these topics as well.
I hope my books will bring you the success and happiness you well deserve.
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Writing Transitions for Phrases and Sentences
12 Types of Transitions with 112 Examples
Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition
Why Transitions are Important…
Transitioning from one sentence or paragraph to another is the bread and butter of all successful writers, especially those who write non-fiction.
With a great transition, the readers are able to understand the succession of complex ideas as well as the general context of the points made.
Smooth Transitions Create a Better User Experience
When the readers understand the transitions better, they retain what they’ve learned longer as well. To use a phrase frequently used in the software industry, good transitions create a “better user experience.” There’s no doubt about that.
Bad and Disconnected Transitions Confuse and Frustrate the Readers
Sentences and paragraphs thrown together without smooth and well-planned transitions do not read well. They appear disconnected. Readers have a hard time understand such haphazard collection of paragraphs which are not stitched together with logical transitions. What they do not understand well, they don’t retain for long either.
As a result, prose and essays without good transitions automatically lead to a “poor user experience.
The Reason I Wrote this Book…
I’ve written this book to improve the composition skills of all English writers, including high school and college students, and ESL students, as well as the user experience of all their readers.
Why You Should Read This Book
This book will help you learn many ways in which you can stitch together the paragraphs of your essay or article smoothly and thus increase its educational and cognitive value.
As a writer who can write beautiful and meaningful transitions you’ll be in higher demand.
In this special ebook we address twelve most basic types of transitions.
But we don’t stop there. We also provide a total of 112 examples covering each transition type to make sure the concept is understood thoroughly.
Thanks for reading this ebook and good luck with all your composing and essay writing assignments.
Write sharp, communicate well, and have a great writing career!
Learn These Twelve Types of Transitions
Chapter 1. Continuing an Idea
Chapter 2. Time Transitions
Chapter 3. Stitching Ideas
Chapter 4. Reversing and Contrasting
Chapter 5. Conceding Another View
Chapter 6. Providing Example
Chapter 7. Confirming a Point
Chapter 8. Starting a New Paragraph
Chapter 9. Forming Chains with Doubles or Triplets
Chapter 10. Expressing an Exception
Chapter 11. Forming a Diversion
Chapter 12. Summarizing and Concluding
112 Examples to Explain the 12 Transition Types
Every transition style is explained with as much as eleven examples, yielding a total of 112 rich examples to leave no doubt about the proper implementation of the main ideas.
Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition
This second edition is revised and expanded to bring more transition ideas to the reader at a greater depth.
About The Author
UGUR AKINCI Ph.D. is a technical and non-fiction writer who worked for Fortune 100 corporations since 1998. He lives in Maryland with his wife.
Contemporary examples taken from the latest news reports about real world events are designed to keep the students engaged with the content.
An ideal exercise set both for the students who are learning English and the teachers who would like to offer lively fresh examples to their students about the correct way to use active or passive voice construction.
Over 3,200 words.
Are you a creative writer who regularly sends out queries … only to be rejected over and over again?
Do you collect rejection slips from editors as some sort of “badge of honor,” as a way to “pay your dues” while the bills unfortunately pile up on your kitchen table?
Are you a journalist, a screenplay writer, a poet or a novelist, a copy writer, or any other kind of writer who can’t make ends meet?
Or perhaps you’re not a writer yet but someone who is not comfortable with his or her current job and income? You might even be in between jobs right now.
You’re a librarian perhaps who needs to use her writing skills in a different field?
A teacher, an administrator, a veteran, a driver, a retiree, a shopkeeper, a salesperson, an office staff, or a blue-collar worker?
Imagine you’re NOT stuck in a niche with an income that’s not going anywhere…
Imagine feeling free, fresh and happy again when you wake up in the morning because you’ve taken the correct turn in your career path.
Perhaps you need an opportunity to learn a new skill, something that would involve writing, but with a good market demand, and also pays well ?
Is this you?
Then keep on reading.
This information booklet is for you.
What makes this cycle complicated is the fact that the loops are not always independent: they overlap.
This is due to the fact that a software company has multiple clients or customers to which different versions of the software are delivered on different dates, and the clients have different or unique requirements, demands, and expectations.
More often than not, all the past versions have to be maintained through customer/technical service, upgrades or patches while trying to upgrade them to the latest release, at an additional cost.
All that creates a complex production, maintenance, and service environment.
The document called “Release Notes” is a part of that effort to keep the clients informed and happy while bolstering the company’s brand and market position.
This brief technical report explains the issues involved in writing such a document, and offers easy to follow examples.
The chapters include:
1) What is Release Notes?
2) Two Types of Release Notes
3) Components of Release Notes
4) CONCLUSION: A Fine Balance
Microsoft Manual of Style is an important reference in software and hardware industry. Writing conventions adopted by Microsoft in the ‘80s and ‘90s shaped the way technical documents are written form decades. The influence of this style is so pervasive, we do not even notice it anymore, perhaps much like a fish that would not be aware of the water.
For example, how many of us would remember that replacing “radio button” with “option button” was a Microsoft style convention that became standard usage over time? There are hundreds of similar examples that are offered in the Microsoft Manual of Style.
This special quiz book is prepared to test your knowledge of the Microsoft Manual of Style. It’s nowhere near complete nor does it have the pretension of being complete since it’s impossible to learn every Microsoft style rule by heart.
However, you can use the following 101 multiple-choice questions to test your overall knowledge of the Microsoft writing and documentation style, including some of its most frequently used conventions regarding numbers, dates, abbreviations, etc. The answers follow in the last section of the report.
This e-book is useful not only for those individual writers who’d like to test their command over the Microsoft style, but for managers and employers who would like to evaluate the Microsoft style knowledge of their prospective employees as well.
Good luck and much success in all your technical and non-fiction writing projects!
AP Style Quiz Book
150 Questions with Answers to Test Your Associated Press Stylebook Knowledge
Learn how to
Write the Time, the Seasons and the Dates Correctly in AP Style
This special quiz workbook is prepared to test your knowledge of the AP Stylebook and its principles. It’ll help you learn and master many conventions of the AP style easily due to the challenge offered by the Q-and-A format.
Write Location Names and Addresses Correctly in AP Style
AP (Associated Press) stylebook is today accepted as one of the main stylebooks of the English-speaking world. First published in 1953, it became the “gold standard” of good writing and superlative journalistic performance. Every writer is expected to be familiar with the AP style.
Write Measurements, Proper Names and Organization Names Correctly in AP Style
150 multiple-choice questions will test your overall knowledge of the AP style, including some of its most frequently used conventions regarding numbers, dates, abbreviations, etc. The answers follow in the last section of this book.
Write Hyphens Correctly in AP Style
The report is useful not only for those individual writers who’d like to test their command over the AP style, but for managers and employers who want to evaluate the AP style knowledge of their prospective employees as well.
Write Clauses and Compound Sentences Correctly in AP Style
This second edition is checked against the latest available official AP style book and expanded, with easy-to-use links to the answers in the back.
And much more...
About The Author
UGUR AKINCI Ph.D. is a technical and non-fiction writer who worked for Fortune 100 corporations since 1998. He lives in Maryland with his wife.
A former journalist with a keen interest in human behavior, Ugur believes in good information design, better communication and training for a happier world in which people are inspired to do their best and reach out for their dreams.
Learn more about Ugur at http://amazon.com/author/ugur
Learn more about Ugur’s free writing tips and tutorials at http://www.tcc6.com
This e-book even covers the questions that need to be asked to decide whether an RFP is the correct one, way before the prosal writers type the first word on their keyboards.
Government proposal writing is a fast changing field and thus RFP how-to guides need to be updated on a regular basis. This edition includes the latest developments and references in the field.
“Proposal Planning and Writing for RFPs” is researched, developed and written over a 6 month period with the following two groups of audiences in mind:
1) BUSINESS and TECHNICAL WRITERS assigned to write a proposal in response to an RFP. There is plenty in here to guide a writer from start to finish, including a detailed description of every component that a good proposal needs to have.
2) PROJECT MANAGERS whose jobs are much harder since not only they need to hire and direct the RFP writers, but they also must first evaluate if the RFP is actually the right one. If that research yields a positive result, then they need to shoulder the even more ardous task of putting together an RFP project team and driving the delicate process to its very end. This ebook also has chapters exclusively written for such project managers.
The main chapters are:
1) Introduction and Terminology
2) Six Set-Aside Programs (for small businesses)
3) Subcontracting facts
4) GSA Schedules
5) Focus on Selected Agencies and Resources
6) First Things First – the things you need to do to start the process
7) Questions to ask BEFORE you start to write your proposal
8) Questions to ask BEFORE you start to send out your proposal
9) Parts of the proposal
10) 5W + H Reality Check
11) Watch Out for the “Fishing Expeditions”
12) Step-by-Step Reply Process for RFP Managers
13) RESOURCES: U.S. Federal Procurement Web Sites (69 web sites)
14) RESOURCES: U.S. State & Local Procurement Web Sites (71 web sites)
Chapter 13 is a unique chapter: it describes a step-by-step development process for the proposal management team, starting with the assignment of responsibilities and selection of work teams all the way to writing the final draft and bringing the project to a successful conclusion.
The updated and alphabetized list of 140 federal and state procurement web sites in the resource chapters alone is worth the modest price of this comrehensive guide.
Those two chapters alone can save you untold hours of searching for the appropriate resources. Knowing where those web sites are important to find the right RFP or project bid. Now you have them all under your finger tips in two convenient lists.
“Proposal Planning and Writing for RFPs” is recommended for all business teams, project managers, business and technical writers, and all those who would like to get their share from the annual $500 billion U.S. federal procurement pie.
The principles of Cap and Trade and Carbon Credit are introduced in these well-researched series of articles focusing on different aspects of the issue as well as the latest developments like the U.S. EPA ruling on emission standards for new coal-fired power plants.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is Cap and Trade?
Issues with Cap-and-Trade
American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
State-Level Opposition in USA
EPA Ruling Favors Gas-Fired Power Plants and Handicaps Coal Plants
“Carbon Tax” – An Alternative?
Carbon Credit Trading is the New "Derivatives" Game
Carbon Credit "Manufacturing" - A New Industrial Growth Sector
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – The First Three Years
COUNTRY FOCUS – Australia
COUNTRY FOCUS – Canada
COUNTRY FOCUS – China
COUNTRY FOCUS – New Zealand
COUNTRY FOCUS – European Union (EU)
COUNTRY FOCUS – Japan
COUNTRY FOCUS – UAE (United Arab Emirates)
ISSUE FOCUS - EU Charges All Airlines for Carbon Emissions
ARGUMENT: Why Stop at Carbon Credits?
APPENDIX A: Selected Recent Developments
APPENDIX B: Timeline of Important Cap-and-Trade Milestones
APPENDIX C: Support for and Opposition to H.R. 2454
APPENDIX D: Useful Web Sites
Ideal for those who are new to the topic and would like to have a quick introduction to various Cap and Trade and Carbon Credit issues.
In addition to the Table of Contents in the beginning of the book, two NEW INDEXES are added to the end for your easy reference:
> Films by Genre
> Films by Nationality
A great reference, gift, and study material for movie lovers and students of screenplay writing everywhere.
Studies 99 movies made during the 77 years between 1934 and 2011.
Plot points are linear links that make up the chain of traditional Aristotelian 3-act dramatic structure.
This classic structure worked well in Hollywood for over a century now.
Although many movie makers are forcing the limits of this structure, plot points still rule the day as the "tent poles" that hold up of the circus of our dreams.
The main plot points of a 3-Act Aristotelian screenplay structure are:
PLOT POINT 1
MID POINT EVENT (also known as “MID POINT REVERSAL” since the narrative changes direction depending on what happens at this point)
PLOT POINT 2
3rd ACT RESOLUTION
Here are the 99 films from every conceivable genre, presented in chronological order, analyzed in terms of their plot points:
1. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934)
2. THE LADY VANISHES (1938)
3. FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940)
4. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
5. NOTORIOUS (1946)
6. THE STRANGER (1946)
7. THE BICYCLE THIEF (1948)
8. THIEVES’ HIGHWAY (1949)
9. HIGH NOON (1952)
10. THÉRÈSE RAQUIN (THE ADULTERESS) (1953)
11. DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
12. TO CATCH A THIEF (1955)
13. THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS (1956)
14. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)
15. THE LONG HOT SUMMER (1958)
16. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958)
17. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
18. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
19. LE DOULOS (1962)
20. CHARADE (1963)
21. ALPHAVILLE (1965)
22. DANGER ROUTE (1967)
23. LE SAMURAI (1967)
24. DIABOLICALLY YOURS (DIABOLIQUEMENT VÔTRE) (1967)
25. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
26. SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION (1970)
27. LE CERCLE ROUGE (1970)
28. OMEGA MAN (1971)
29. DIRTY HARRY (1971)
30. DIRTY MONEY (UN FLIC) (1972)
31. FRENZY (1972)
32. CHARLEY VARRICK (1973)
33. CHINATOWN (1974)
34. SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974)
35. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
36. NIGHT MOVES (1975)
37. FAMILY PLOT (1976)
38. THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977)
39. AIRPLANE! (1980)
40. RAGING BULL (1980)
41. WINGS OF DESIRE (1987)
42. FATAL ATTRACTION (1987)
43. DEAD OF WINTER (1987)
44. DIE HARD (1988)
45. BLAZE (1989)
46. THE HANDMAID'S TALE (1990)
47. RAISE THE RED LANTERN (1991)
48. RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)
49. THE VANISHING (1993)
50. BLUE (1993)
51. RED (1994)
52. TOY STORY (1995)
53. SHANGHAI TRIAD (1995)
54. THE CROSSING GUARD (1995)
55. DEEP CRIMSON (1996)
56. GATTACA (1997)
57. DECEIVER (1997)
58. THE DEVIL’S OWN (1997)
59. WHITE (1997)
60. THE TENTH MAN (1988)
61. SLIDING DOORS (1998)
62. PANIC (2000)
63. THE TAILOR OF PANAMA (2001)
64. HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (2003)
65. MUNICH (2005)
A comprehensive worksheet of 100 puzzling sentences with solutions for students and teachers alike.
Why do we call these sentences a “puzzle”?
Consider a classic dangling participle example such as:
“After being diced, the cook added the onion to the omelet.”
Isn’t that puzzling – a cook getting diced!?
Actually that unintended effect is due to the misplaced verb participle “being” which threw the whole sentence out of balance and turned it into a linguistic puzzle indeed.
The dangling participle sentences in this special report are mostly taken from current news stories about real world events to keep the students engaged with the content.
An ideal exercise set both for the students who are learning English and the teachers who would like to offer lively fresh examples to their students about the correct way to form a sentence without dangling participles.
A true time saver and a useful teaching aid for teachers. With this worksheet, you can concentrate more on your teaching than waste time trying to come up with good examples of a dangling participle. With 100 great examples, you won’t repeat yourself in class anytime soon either.
Each exercise sentence in this special report is followed by its “solution,” that is, the proper way the same sentence should’ve been constructed in the first place.
If you’d like to make a guess at the solution yourself, use a sheet of paper to cover the answer and then try to come up with a solution yourself. Then uncover the solution and compare yours to the proposed answer.
It's not easy to be constantly looking for a job, updating your resume, clicking the Send button and then sitting around and waiting for days and weeks for a reply.
Perhaps once in a while you even get an interview or two which might not go too well.
You perhaps end up beating yourself on the head, reading a book or two on how to interview, and feeling like a victim who could not get over the hurdle that life has presented out of nowhere.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is – being a writer is not like any other vocation in this world.
Being a writer is something unique; it’s a power invested with dignity, infinite possibilities, and personal freedom.
This book is dedicated to that firm belief and practice.
Have you ever considered the amazing fact that every writer actually hires herself?
No matter how her “employment status” looks on paper, even if she appears to be “officially employed” and on a payroll, every writer is still as good as the work she produces.
Every writer is actually self-employed because we are all as good as the work that someone else is willing to buy and read. And how good we are is something that we control almost 100%, save an unfortunate illness or an accident on the way. There is no other “true guarantee” in a writer’s life.
No License Required
Also consider this: many professions in this world require not only preparation but a license as well.
Try practicing accounting, banking, medicine, law, electricity or plumbing without a proper license. Not only you won’t get any jobs but you can also be arrested and put in jail.
Writing needs preparation too and this book does not intend to teach you how to become a writer from scratch. This book assumes you have the minimum it takes to sit down and write a page or two on a topic of your choice.
But, assuming you have those prerequisites tucked firmly under your belt, we have to remind you this other wonderful good news: you do not need a license to write anything.
If you say “I’m a writer,” a writer you are. End of the story. Thus you can start writing right now, at this very minute, as surely as I’m writing these words, and there won’t be anyone stopping you.
You are absolutely free to be a writer. And as a writer, you are free to create and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
To repeat: no one has to hire you. As a writer, you’ve already hired yourself by putting one word after the other.
Marketing and selling requires more effort obviously. But in terms of “having a job,” you already have a job. Your keyboard, or the writing pad, is your office. Glue your bottom to that chair and start writing.
In this book we’ll from time to time remind you of the privileged position you hold as a writer in any society since some writers forget how lucky they are but instead get depressed about “lack of unemployment.” The minute you sit down to write, you are employed, namely, by yourself. (More on this inside the book.)
This book is written for
all those writers who would like to build a monthly stream of income for themselves by either selling their articles directly or leveraging them by using one of the methods explained.