About Judy Rose

I’m an ex-New Yorker living in Orange County, California. After a long career in engineered-machinery project management, I started my own business as a writing consultant. Now I write website content and text for brochures as well as other business and marketing/PR materials. I’m a ghost blogger for clients who want to maintain a blog but don’t have the time or writing skills to keep it alive (and lively). I also help companies turn out professional correspondence and documents when their employees lack the needed writing skills.

I like music (Handel, Mozart, James Taylor, Sarah Vaughan), animals (especially cats), good food (nothing too fancy), and Las Vegas penny slots. Married for over 40 years to my college sweetie, Michael.

If you want to discuss anything you’ve read on this blog, you can e-mail me at: judyrose88@yahoo.com. If you want to consult with me professionally, e-mail me at: rose@jlrco.com.

Published on August 15, 2006 at 2:18 am  Comments (54)  

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  1. Judy,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I have recommended your blog to my students, who generally comprehend their course material but struggle with their writing. I encourage a style of writing that is appropriate for business, even in my university classroom, and I think that my students will find your gentle teaching manner both helpful and welcome.

    Thanks again!

  2. Hi Judy,
    Your insights and guidance are especially welcome and reassuring. I have made every mistake you outlined, and struggle to remain clear in my everyday communications. Your points about the credibility losses for allowing unclear writing to pass, is ‘on the money’. Thanks again!
    Coop

  3. Hi Dave,
    I’m really glad you think my blog will be helpful to your students. I’ve never had my teaching manner referred to as “gentle” before. I take it as a great compliment. I always try to make the people I help comfortable, and I’m glad if that came through as you read my site. Thanks.
    Judy

  4. Hi Coop,
    Just judging from my own appraisal when I read something that contains mistakes, I think loss of credibility is the biggest risk of carelessness. I will overlook small mistakes when reading certain favorite blogs because the writer has much of value to say, really knows better, and is just too rushed to go back and proofread. But when your writing will be read by somebody who doesn’t know you (and isn’t cutting you any slack), or is related to any kind of professional situation, those mistakes are real debits against your credibility. So thanks for agreeing with me on this important point. And thanks for reading my blog and taking time to send your encouraging comment to me.
    Judy

  5. Hi Judy, I’ve just had a quick log on your blog after you commented on my ‘Save the Vowels’ post.

    I like your blog a lot and will be stopping by again. After all, English isn’t my first language and I always look into improving it.

    Have a nice day. Cat🙂

  6. Hi Cat, Your post talked about something that has annoyed me for a while, so I had to put my two cents in. Thanks for paying a return visit.

  7. Hello,
    I stumbled upon your blog by searching Google for “fun english writing”.
    I’m an English Teaching Student, hoping one day to teach 10th and 11th graders how to write. I’m happy to have found someone else who loves to write (and read) and does it so well!
    Thank you for publishing!

  8. Hi Alexis,
    Thanks for your lovely comment.

  9. I read your article on good writing skills.Pls also advise me how to improve communication fluency in english

  10. Hi Peter,
    The best advice I can give you to improve your fluency is to read lots of English books (any kind) and to watch movies and television programs in English. Eventually you’ll become more comfortable with the language, and more confident. You should also look for an English composition course so that you can practice writing and get feedback from the instructor. Just keep at it. The kind of improvement you are looking for takes time.
    Write to me any time, and let me know how you’re doing.
    Judy Rose

  11. Judy,

    Thanks for all your kind advise on this blog.
    Though I’m writing my Diploma Thesis in german, your articles are full of gems which I can apply to my work due to their generic and useful nature. Needless to say that those will come handy in my life after university. Now if only I could skip the long repetitive learning/writing phase and just reap what you sow…😉

    Let me tell you that the one thing I’m missing from you is a book in which you compiled your knowledge and experience for us humble scholars. If you ever intend to write such a treasure you will find a willing customer in me.

    I already place Strunk and Whites “The Elements of Style” and Justin Zobels “Writing for Computer Science” next to my computer. Could you please point out to some books – maybe in one of your future articles – which you found noteworthy on the topic of writing in general and of technical writing in specific?

    Thanks again for your time,
    Wolfgang

  12. Great blog! I found it searching for articles on breaking writer’s block.

    As a home-schooling parent, I’m always looking for info on writing and language. Incorrect usage of language has long been one of my biggest pet-peeves so it’s important to me that I teach my children proper speaking and writing skills.

    I’ve bookmarked your site and will be visiting regularly.

    Blessings,
    Annie

  13. Hi Wolfgang,
    Thank you for your comment. I have not thought about writing a book, but it’s good to know there’s one customer out there if I ever take the plunge. I’m glad the things you’ve found on this site have been helpful.

    You’re looking for articles on writing, and I don’t have any specific recommendations for you. I don’t spend much time reading about writing. But I do know there are many good blogs right here on wordpress that address writing from a practical perspective. Some are written by professional educators and writers, and some are just hints offered by fellow bloggers. You can find good ideas (and bad ones) anywhere. You just have to search around and find the ones that appeal to you. Bump into things.

  14. Thank you Annie. I appreciate receiving your comment.

  15. Fantastic blog, insights, and resources. I’m adding you to my resources links.

    Maria

  16. Hi Maria,
    I looked at your site and will definitely be a regular visitor. You have many important things to say about writing, and you say them very well. Your students are lucky. I’d bet your class is one of their favorites.

    Thanks for your comments, and for the link.
    Judy

  17. Hi Judy.
    My name is Nilva I am from Brasil.
    Your site is one of the best I ever see, my big problem is I cant write English, I am desperat I find it too dificult. I have a lot of ideas therefore I cant put on the paper. thanks

  18. Hello Judy,
    I read your web side. I think is very interesting and absolutly is helped me to better understand about writing. My name’s Rafal, I come from Poland. English is my second laguage. I love writing in my Polish, but completly I can’t use English. I am engineer. Since 6 months I have lived in England. I left my a good job in Poland to improve my practise language in England. First time, when I arrived to Englad I was shoked. I nothing understood, I coudn’t write and speak in English. I found a job as a cleaner becouse as an engineer I have had too poor English. of, course I am going to continue my build up English language. Therefore I am happy when I can read your blog and I find a lot of information. On genenerally, my problem is when I can write or speak. When I am trying translated in Polish to English. It’s happed automaticly in my brain. Some people told me that I need times to change it. sometimes I think that I haven’t skill to use another language.

    The best regards.
    Rafał Jabłoński

  19. Dear Rafal,

    Thank you for writing to me on my blog. I greatly admire your efforts to learn English. You have made a big sacrifice by leaving your job in Poland and moving to England. But I believe you will benefit from it, because you will become bi-lingual and increase all your options.

    At the end of your letter, you said, “Sometimes I think that I haven’t skill to use another language.” But it seems to me that you are doing very well. You have only been in England for 6 months, yet you are able to write to me. I can understand everything you said. You have learned a lot already and will continue to get better.

    Yes, it is true that learning another language takes time, especially since you are an adult. Children learn more quickly. But you have helped yourself by moving to a place where you are surrounded by English.

    I am glad to know that some of the things I have written on my blog are useful to you. Once you become more comfortable and more accustomed to speaking and writing English, you will be more valuable to any employer, and will be able to resume your work as an engineer, if that is what you wish.

    Best of luck to you.

    Judy Rose

  20. Dear judy,

    i visit your web site. i really imperasied with you. i am an indian and working with a media firm. i do not speak or write fluentaly in English. how can i improve my English.

    thank you.

    sudeep

  21. Dear Sudeep,
    I will answer you soon by e-mail, but you can get some quick ideas from reading the article “Peek Into My Mailbox.”
    Judy

  22. Dear Judy.
    I was stumbled upon on your blog and i found it is interesting. But since internet in our country is still expensive, i can’t connect to the internet all the time and hence can only online via internet parlor . So I hope you could provide some e-books as PDF files and include the link on your article so that i can download it, take the file home, print it on papers and learned the content offline.

    Best of the best regards😉
    Jaka
    Indonesia

  23. HELLOOOOOOO, much I’m trying to develop a blog newspaper in which the articles are written by blogger WordPress (or to limit if you do not have time can I you myself when an article by your blog and they to your blog…).
    The blog newspaper was born with the intention to give greater visibility to your blog and the people who search the Web to find articles of greater quality in a single place (having regard to the thousands of blog born every day…). If you go exchange links with blog newspaper contact me as well. I thank you advance and to http://www.giornale.fm soon

  24. Dear Ale,
    I’m not sure what you’re asking of me. Can you explain a little more? – Judy

  25. Hello Judy,

    I hope I do not come off as rude when I ask if you have another blog. The reason for that inquiry is that I liked this blog very much but you haven’t been updating it anymore after the June of 2007. This may sound selfish, but I found your blog very helpful in its advices on how to write, and the kind of guidelines for writing that you provide are exactly what I’ve been craving for good many years now.

  26. Hello Judy,
    Your blog contains a lot of useful information for every ESL user. Well done! I’m a Malaysian and all these years try to improve my English. It seems that mastering this language is quite difficult and what makes things worse, I live in a surrounding which rarely use English. To learn English I read magazines, newspapers, listening to the radio,reading self-help books, writing etc. But I don’t really feel like my English is getting better. Actually I dream to be a published writer writing in English. I enrolled to a writing course recently (the course is from England!). I’m not confident enough sending my assignments because to succeeed in this course the minimum level required is advanced English.I don’t know why I enrolled to the course in the first place. I don’t know whether my dream is realistic or not. But I really want to achieve my ambition. I want it bad! Could you give suggestions on how to work toward achieving my dream? Thanks so much.
    Raynold
    Malaysia

  27. Hi,
    i just encountered with your site when i was searching English writing guidelines and i found that to read your blog daily can be improved my writing and reading English..
    i will keep writing in your blog.

    thanks
    Anupam Mathur
    India

  28. Judy,
    You’re a such a wonderful help!. Thanks for taking your precious time and sharing with us your knowledge and tips. I was just looking ways to practice my English writing and I was amazed with the “style” you write!. Your website is more valuable than you may think. Keep writing the way you’re doing, at the end no matter how many people find it, but what they will remember. And when they do, they’ll let you know; because there is no other way to say “thank you honey”.

  29. Hello Judy, I am from Indonesia and i find your blog when i was browsing search “reading and writting in english” at google and i find your blog, i like read your blog because i want learning speaking and writting english, so must to reading your blog every day to fluent my english. i am sorry because my english is bad.
    greetings knows from http://wildan08.wordpress.com

  30. Dear Syaifullah,

    Thank you for reading my blog and for sending a comment. Your English isn’t bad, it’s “under construction.” You just need to keep working on it.
    Judy

  31. Howdy,Judy.
    I have read your blog,it is amazing.But, please recommend me how should i improve on my mistakes,As it is very easy for me to write a lot of things as i think a lot.However I lack proper representation in English writing because By profession i am an engineer and my English writing skills is just an average.

    Secondly ,I make a lot of mistakes ,from where i can get it check my writing things.
    Also i am going to give some exam in the upcoming month and i have to write on Issue and Argument.Please give your valuable advise.
    In the end please suggest me a good website for checking the writing things.And from where i can get plethora of Issues and Arguments.

    unfeigned Regards
    Pankaj

  32. Hi!

    Superior blog content from a great mind! Thank you for this blog!

    Now I don’t want to stretch this “Thank you” note for I might expose my amatueristic writing know-how. Hahaha!

    Mabuhay ka judy!

  33. Dear Judy,

    Thank you for your recent blog on good writing. As a journalist (in training), your blog was definintely “head on.” I look forward to reading more interesting posts from you.

    Take care,

    Larry D. Miller, Jr.

  34. Dear Judy,
    I am Loc, coming from Vietnam. I am doing a research proposal on the English writing skill of Vietnamese learners, but I cannot find out any materials for the literature review and theory on writing skill.

    I appreciate if you could show me some.

    Best wishes,

    Loc

  35. Dear Judy,
    I came across with your blog by chance, and I found it very effective and useful for those whose looking for writing English skills, actualy I’m English student and I’m still struggle with English writing so when I read your writing I felt that I will be comfortable for me to write more English.

    Best Regards
    Mori

  36. HI,
    Thanks for your sharing. I am interested in writing even it is vietnamese or English ( I from Viet Nam). And I think that learing writing skill is not only studing how to write but also improving one’s knowledge. I like the way you guide so much. Your words is a motive power to push me in writing world.

    Thanks again.

    Huong.

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  38. Hi Judy,

    I just found your site this morning. Yours was the first link in Bing for the 5 Cs of writing. I will explore more in the future. I’m an instructor in the Northeastern University (Boston, MA) College of Professional Studies graduate technical communication program. I teach a second course survey, which includes a segment on style and grammar. I may refer students to your site for a nice combination of style, the 5 Cs, and grammar, ten common mistakes.

  39. Hi Judy,

    HOW CAN I CONTACT WITH U

    i NEED UR HELP plz

  40. Just came across your blog and was mighty impressed with your writing. Do keep me posted whenever you have a new post. I have just started blogging, but seeing your blog, I guess I have a long way to go.
    Great. Utkarsh

  41. dear friend know i speak you my self

  42. Dear Judy,
    I found your blog is very interesting and I plan to recommend my post-grade students in Thailand to read it and exchange ideas about writing English with you. I hope you won’t mind.
    Best regards,
    Thanapol(Bangkok)

  43. Hi Judy how lonn do you think it takes to perfect good writing skills an are there things that you r still learning to this day.

    • Hi Nathan,

      I wouldn’t say I’ve perfected good writing skills. I don’t think of my writing as perfect. I developed good skills when I was in school and practice has improved them throughout my adult life. Yes, I’m still learning — even some basic things. I occasionally have to look up grammar and punctuation rules. I don’t know what all the words in the dictionary mean. I expect to keep learning (about writing and a thousand other things) for as long as I’m breathing. ~Judy

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  45. Dear Judy,
    I am preparing IELTS exam. My writing skill is very poor. I gave my exam two times but i always got 5.5 bands. Please tell me how i increase my academic essay writing. I searched lot of websites but i did not find useful websites. I hope you will guide me.

    Best Regards,
    Arman

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    I posted this again because you might not find it,so I commented again.

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