Category: Better Writing

Advice from the Masters: Mark Twain

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Mark Twain is an icon. No less a personage than William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature.” Most likely you had to read one or more of his books when you were in school. Huckleberry Finn as assigned to me in high school and then twice in college. Twain also wrote short stories and articles. So he  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: James Stavridis

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James Stavridis is a retired Admiral and the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He’s also the author of several books including Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command, The Accidental Admiral, and Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans. Admiral Stavridis is  »  Read More

Writing a Book: Doing the research

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No matter what it’s about, your book needs to be distinctive and deliver value. You won’t be able to do that if you do research the way you did back in college. Most of the research we did back then was not original. We only used secondary sources like books and articles. Not only that, research in college is assigned  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Isaac Asimov

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Every now and again, I’m tempted to think that I’m a prolific writer. Then I remember Isaac Asimov. The man wrote more than 500 books. That is not a misprint. It doesn’t count the short stories or the columns or the postcards he used to answer readers’ questions. He didn’t just write a lot of books. Asimov turned  »  Read More

The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 6/30/17

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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. Some weeks there are more  »  Read More

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