Category: Better Writing

Advice from the Masters: Julie Reynolds

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According to the Duke University web site, Julie Reynolds is the Associate Professor of the Practice of the Department of Biology. And “What,” I hear you cry, “does that have to do with writing?” Well, she writes a lot. She’s the author of a book about how to write scientific papers and she also teaches writing  »  Read More

4 Ways to Improve Your Writing Quickly

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Learning to write well takes time, discipline, and effort. But there are some simple things you can do to improve your writing quickly. Get Past the First Draft Hardly anyone, even seasoned journalists, writes a good first draft. Assume that your first draft will be your worst draft, but that it’s OK. Plan for rewrite  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Flynn Meaney

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It’s been half a century since I could be considered a young adult. So I haven’t read a lot of YA fiction lately, which means that I haven’t read any of Flynn Meaney’s work. But that’s OK, because I can still mine her wisdom about writing. In this case I found a nugget in a superb interview Meaney did for The  »  Read More

5 Things that Shaped Me as a Writer

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I’ve got a new e-book coming out this week, Become A Better Boss One Tip at A Time, and it’s got me thinking about all the things that shaped me as a writer up to this point. I can identify five of the most important ones. That’s A Fact My family was big on debating issues, and pretty much any opinion was tolerated  »  Read More

Outlining is an Unnatural Act

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In school, you were probably taught to outline first, then write. That’s good advice at some stages in the process for some writers, but early on you need to understand that outlining is an unnatural act. Outlines are not brain friendly. Straight Lines Versus Random Connections An outline goes in a straight line from  »  Read More

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