Category: Better Writing

Writing a Book: Three People Who Live in Your Head

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Most people think that writing is a solitary task. They imagine you sitting there at your laptop or with a yellow pad and a pen turning out a report, a blog post, or a book. But if you write much, you know that you’ve got people with you all the time. There are three people that live inside your head and make a  »  Read More

Better Writing: Learning from Leonardo

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Leonardo da Vinci was one of the great creative geniuses of all time. In his excellent biography of Leonardo, Walter Isaacson characterizes him as a genius that we can learn from. One of the most important things that we can learn is to get the most from our natural ability to come up with ideas. Leonardo may have been one  »  Read More

The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 4/20/18

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You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to articles and blog posts that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. The posts are about the  »  Read More

What writers can learn from programmers

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Gary was a programmer before it was cool. I met him when I took his class in basic programming. I wanted to teach my Commodore PET to do tricks. The PET was a prehistoric personal computer. After you turned it on, you used a tape drive to upload the operating system. After that, if you wanted it to do anything, you had to  »  Read More

5 Ways to handle writer’s block

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If writer’s block is a problem for you, here are a few ways to deal with it. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, let’s start with prevention. Preventing Writer’s Block: Change the Name, Change the Game Let’s be clear, writer’s block is not some irresistible force of an evil empire. It’s also  »  Read More

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