Category: Better Writing

Should you buy that nifty writing software?

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My clients are mid-career professionals who want to write a book to improve their reputation. They are often tempted to buy a piece of sophisticated writing software to help them with this new endeavor. Henry Thoreau said, “beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.” I feel the same way about writing projects  »  Read More

There is No Magic to Learning to Write Well

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We went on a trip with some friends this weekend. While my friend was checking us in at our hotel, I got to talking with the young man who had custody of our luggage on a giant cart. In the course of conversation, he told me that he wanted to be a writer. He asked what he should do. When I told him, his face  »  Read More

5 Keys to Creating a Great Piece of Writing

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I love bourbon. But I can’t imagine myself spending over $1000 for a bottle of it. That’s what a bottle of legendary Pappy Van Winkle 23 costs. Today it comes from the Buffalo Trace distillery where Julian Van Winkle III overseas today’s product. Julian is the grandson of legendary (there’s that word again)  »  Read More

3 Ways to Vaporize Writer’s Block

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Welcome to the club! Everyone who writes hits a rough patch from time to time. You’re sitting there staring at your screen trying to decide what to write next. You’re fresh out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas. We call it writer’s block. If you write, sooner or later, you’ll experience it. When you  »  Read More

Better Writing: Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing

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If you’re serious about writing well, you probably learned you can always improve. Here are four simple techniques that have worked for me and my clients. Read Your Writing Aloud It’s hard to spot errors in copy that you’ve just written. We tend to see what we think we wrote. Reading your writing aloud is a  »  Read More

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