Category: Better Writing

4 Questions to Ask Before You Write a Word

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It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a blog post or a book or a sales letter or an email. It’s a good idea to think before you write. Here are four questions to ask before you write a word. Who Will Read This? Good writing starts with knowing the reader. Describe a real person who will read your  »  Read More

Better Writing: How to Help Your Brain Get Great Ideas

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Graham Wallas is the sort of person who makes you realize how little you’ve accomplished. He wrote several books on social psychology. The best known of those is Human Nature in Politics. He was a cofounder of the London School of Economics. Then, in 1926, he wrote The Art of Thought. Chapter 4 in that book describes  »  Read More

Better Writing: 3 Things that Make Writing Boring and How to Fix Them

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We’ve all read boring writing. If you’re tired from a long day or if you didn’t get enough sleep last night, you may nod off in the middle. You may take a lot of breaks when the writing is boring. You get up to make a sandwich. You take a break to check on whether your plants are growing. You do a quick  »  Read More

3 No-Cost, No-Brainer Ways to Write Better

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Bart wants to start a blog, but he’s concerned about his writing. As he put it in his email, “I don’t write very well. I don’t want to embarrass myself. What can I do to write better right away without taking any expensive courses?” Writing is a craft. It takes decades to master the craft. But  »  Read More

What to do if your child wants to be a writer

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Hank’s email got straight to the point. Here it is: “My daughter says she wants to become a writer. How can I help her be a successful writer?” Writing can be a great career. But, like any other career, it’s not for everyone. Your first challenge is to determine if your child really wants to be a  »  Read More

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