Category: Better Writing

Writing Advice from the Masters

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If you want to write a book, or just write better, you can learn a lot from those who have mastered the craft. That’s why I post selections of “Advice from the Masters” sharing the thoughts of great writers. Below is a list of Advice from the Masters posts. Ludmilla JordanovaCharles BockBruce SterlingChristine  »  Read More

Better Writing: How to See Your Writing with Fresh Eyes

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Writing is a solitary business. Writing is also a business of editing and revising until a piece is as good as it can be. Sometimes those two things conflict. When we look at our own writing, it’s easy to see what we thought we wrote instead of what’s actually on the page. You can’t revise or edit effectively  »  Read More

Better Writing: How long does it take to master writing?

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How much work does it take to master complex domains like playing the violin or writing books? In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that you need 10,000 hours. He even called it “the magic number of greatness.” Phew! That’s a lot! And the bad news is it probably doesn’t guarantee success. If you’re a  »  Read More

3 Reasons You Need a Professional Edit

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Trying to save money by skipping a professional edit is stupid. Sure, it’s tempting. Good editors cost money. But your book is going to represent you for as long as there are books. You want to produce the best book that you can. A good editor will save you from yourself. He or she will catch your mistakes and  »  Read More

Better Writing: Write to Inform, Not to Impress

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It’s not about you. People pick up a copy of your business book because they want to solve a problem or answer a question. They think you can help. They don’t care whether you’re a “great writer.” They do care about whether you can help them answer that question or solve that problem. Here are some ways you  »  Read More

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