Category: Better Writing

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

Advice from the Masters: Helen Sword

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Helen Sword is, among other things, a faculty member at the University of Auckland who, among other things, helps academics write better. I read an interview with her that’s part of Rachel Toor’s “Scholars Talk Writing” series. That led me to her marvelous book, Air & Light & Time & Space: How  »  Read More

The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 9/8/17

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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: Christie Henry

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Rachel Toor writes a monthly column about writing for The Chronicle Of Higher Education. “Scholars Talk Writing” is a regular feature of her column, where she interviews scholars about how they write. If you’re like many businesspeople I’ve met, you’re thinking, “This doesn’t interest me at all  »  Read More

Writing Tip: How to make deadlines your friend

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Originally, a deadline was the line around the perimeter of a Civil War prisoner of war camp. The line showed prisoners how far they could go safely. If they crossed the line, they would get shot. Writing deadlines usually don’t wind up with anybody getting shot, but sometimes it can feel like it. You’re always going  »  Read More

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