19 / 07 / 16
11 ways to stop procrastinating and get writing
Do you ever feel like you’re always in a face-off with your word processor – and losing? If so, you won’t be surprised to hear that one of the biggest problems nearly everyone faces when they have something to write is getting started. Call it writer’s block. Call it finding your muse. Call it spending […]
15 / 07 / 16
Should you use long words?
We’re often advised to avoid long words in our writing when shorter words will do. Like many simple style tips, it’s useful but not something you should obey blindly. Writing guides generally agree that short words are preferable. Many take their cue from traditional authorities such as the Fowler brothers, who on page one of […]
05 / 07 / 16
Plans are worth nothing without words
There aren’t many corporate CEOs who put improving writing skills at the top of their action list. In fact, I’ve never heard of a single one who stood up at a shareholders’ meeting and said, ‘We’re going to invest in improving how our people communicate in their reports and email, because it’s critical to our […]
30 / 06 / 16
How do you make writing engaging?
How can you make your writing engaging? Or, more specifically, how can you make your business writing engaging? Why, surely that’s a contradiction in terms! Right …? A lot of people do seem to make a distinction between 1) Work Writing, and 2) Pretty Much Every Other Kind of Writing. It essentially amounts to this: […]
20 / 06 / 16
Cut the cowardly language
Cowardly writing is the linguistic equivalent of your unreliable ex. It avoids committing. It leads you astray. It wastes your time. And it evades all entreaties to be straightforward or say what it really thinks. You can recognise it by its long sentences, convoluted structure and overuse of words and phrases such as ‘clearly’, ‘it […]
14 / 06 / 16
Five unusual tips to inspire original writing
For many people, feeling they have nothing to say is one of their biggest writing challenges. (Unfortunately, there are many more who have nothing to say yet write anyway. We’ll come to that in a second.) This is something that much advice on beating writer’s block – which focuses on how to get started – […]
02 / 06 / 16
The 4-letter formula that makes writing much easier
Some documents succeed or fail based on how well they get key points across in the shortest time possible. If you need to write a document like this, you must remember one crucial detail. A detail that people don’t necessarily like to talk about. Here it is: Your document might not be read to the […]
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