What Pros Do to Write Faster Than You're Writing Now

#editing #organization Mar 05, 2021

A super-simple how-to that will boost your productivity. In my weekly column, out today: https://us6.campaign-archive.com/?u=0609fcd33c658d02090de606f&id=ea3ab36cd4


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Be Clear, Not Clever

#editing #quicktips Mar 02, 2021

A lesson in straightforward writing from when I was a kid.

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Jump Around!

#editing Feb 22, 2021

A quick tip to make editing go a little faster and feel like a little more fun.

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How to Not Dig a Hole

#editing #persuasion Jan 29, 2021

Close your speech, essay, or appeal with your request -- your call to action -- then be quiet. Here's the how and the why.

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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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