To State a Claim, Ask a Question


Here's a way to be more creative with your language when doing the never-ending tasking of framing up a topic for your audience.

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Write a Recipe, Not a Grocery List


People read your writing with deeper interest when it's leading to a goal -- but facts about a topic? Eh...

Here's an easy way to re-frame your thinking about everything you write. 

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Write What You Do, Not Who You Are

#editing Dec 10, 2020

"We help people find good jobs" beats "We are a job-hunting organization." In short, write "action" sentences. Avoid "to be" sentences. It'll draw in your readers a whole lot more often.


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Two Kinds of Edits (And One Can Wreck Your Confidence)

#editing Dec 08, 2020

Some of your editors don't know the difference between edits of substance and edits of taste. If an editor can explain their edit in terms of grammar and function, listen up. But if an editor says, “this sounds better” or “I prefer mine to yours,” they’re probably not improving the prose.

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Organize Before You Write

#editing #organization Nov 09, 2020


If the library was just random piles of books, you wouldn’t bother with it.

If your communication is just piles of information, your readers won’t stay your readers very long.

The key to effective comms? Organization.

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Do Your Readers Know What a Semi-colon Means? Probably Not...


When you're a communicator, you avoid words that are obscure to the reader. That applies to punctuation, too.


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Best or Worst, You Say? Compared to What?


"That's the best!" you say. "That's the worst!" you say.

That's among the weakest ways to express yourself. Here's why -- and how to fix it.

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Five Tips in Under Two Minutes

#editing #writingtips Oct 21, 2020

Write better -- write now. Check the video!

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Here's a Fun Way of Improving Your Self-Editing: Print It Out!

#editing Sep 30, 2020

Quit doing all your editing on the monitor. Instead, print your work on paper and sit down with a pen. You’ll see things you’ve been missing, and the change of pace (and scenery – take it into another room, too!) will perk your inspiration.

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Do You Have To Edit Other People?

#editing Sep 29, 2020

Here are three tips to make it easier on you and on them.

 Add these tips to your edit sessions and the people you edit will start writing better – which means that in the future you’ll spend less time editing and more time doing your own work.

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