Category: Better Writing

Advice from the Masters: Charles Bock

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Charles Bock and I are not related. I have not read his novel, Beautiful Children. But I have read the advice he gave to the Atlantic which is included their “Best Writing Advice of 2016.” That’s where I discovered that Charles and I have more in common than a great last name and the fact that we write for a living  »  Read More

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

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Want to write better? There are a couple of simple things you can do to improve your writing right away. You don’t need a writing coach like me and you don’t need to take a class or read a book. Here’s all you have to do. Read It Aloud This is probably the easiest thing you can do and the one which will have the most  »  Read More

The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 10/6/17

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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. The posts are about the  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Bruce Sterling

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Bruce Sterling is someone who makes me go, “Hmmmmmmmm.” You can get an idea of why by checking out his quotes on Goodreads. I discovered his work decades ago. Mirrorshades caught my attention. I loved Islands in the Net and The Difference Engine. If you want your mind stretched while you read a good story, any one of  »  Read More

Mise en place for writers

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A professional kitchen during service looks like frantic chaos. Ticket printers churn out tickets. People yell questions and demands and answers back and forth. Everyone moves as fast as they can in a confined space filled with very hot things. This doesn’t happen all the time. It only happens during that time of the day  »  Read More

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