Category: Better Writing

How Eating Pistachios and Walking Make Me a Better Writer

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I think of writing as “wrestling the angels of meaning onto a page.” It’s hard work, and you have to concentrate. Whether you’re writing, revising, or editing, you must pay close attention to your work. That’s what you need to do most of the time. But every writer runs into situations where he or she doesn’t  »  Read More

The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 3/22/19

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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. Even though writing and storytelling and blogging and SEO aren’t your day job, you want to do them better. You need to get the most value you  »  Read More

Sitting Around the Electronic Campfire

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Thousands of years ago, your distant ancestors and mine sat around campfires and talked. We’ve come a long way since then. We can send our thoughts to the other side of the planet in milliseconds. With a couple of mouse clicks or punches on our smart phones, we can find answers that would have eluded an expert reference  »  Read More

Better Writing: Your first draft will be awful. Get over it.

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“All first drafts are crap.” ~ Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway was one of the great writers of all time. He won the 1954 Nobel Prize, “for his mastery of the art of the narrative.” The Nobel Committee mentioned The Old Man and The Sea, but they could have chosen many other Hemingway works. But even Hemingway  »  Read More

Better Writing: Stop and Check

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My friend Dave had a simple little sign on the inside of his front door. It said: “Stop and check.” When Dave started to leave his house, he saw the sign. It reminded him to check for whatever he needed before he went out. It helped him remember to take those clothes to the cleaners or plan a stop at the market during  »  Read More

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