Category: Better Writing

What you would do, begin it

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“What you would do, begin it. Boldness has wonder, power, and magic in it.” There are several versions of that quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust.” It’s good advice no matter which version you prefer, especially if you’re a writer. What you would do Whether it’s a book, a blog  »  Read More

3 Writing Books You May Not Have Heard Of

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There are many books that can teach you how to write better. But most of the recommendations you will see are for books that are popular today. Here are pointers to three excellent books that have slipped out of the public eye. The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand“Culled from sixteen  »  Read More

How to Write Simply

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There are plenty of good reasons to write simply. But how do you do it? A little planning is a powerful thing Start with a little planning. Start by making note of who you’re writing to. What do you know about him or her? What do you want your reader to think, feel, or do when they finish reading your piece?  »  Read More

3 Reasons to Write Simply

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I review manuscripts for legacy publishers. They want me to suggest ways the work can be improved. I recently reviewed a manuscript where the writing was dreadful. The book was chock-full of good ideas, but I didn’t think anyone who bought the book would make it through the first chapter. The writing was fancy  »  Read More

3 C’s of Simple Writing

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“If you want people to do something, make it easy.” That’s the advice of Richard Thaler, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics and author of the book, Nudge. That’s good advice if you’re trying to persuade anybody to do anything. It’s great advice if you’re an author and you want  »  Read More

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