What is a ‘miasma’?

Reading time: Just over 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: miasma... Inspired by a mostly positive review on NPR, I recently read the novel The Devil and Webster, by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Described by some as a "thriller," I found it more of a satire on university life, focusing on t... Read More

How to boost your productivity with one easy hack

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Do you know how to boost your productivity? It starts with making a list…  I started writing lists when I was 10 years old. I recall sitting at the whitewashed student desk in the corner of my childhood bedroom and itemizing all the tasks I wanted to accomplish that day. (What urgent tasks did I possibly have to do when I was 10? I can no longer remember ... Read More

Why we share on social media

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post and video about  sharing on social media..... Some young American researchers have now documented the decision-making process that takes place in our brains when we weigh the question of... Read More

Should I write in my first language? [video]

writing or translating

Viewing time: 3 mins. 16 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on the value of writing or translating. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to The Write Question, the v... Read More

The figurative language of Rose Tremain…

Rose Tremain
Credit: Jerry Bower

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from Rose Tremain... I hadn't read anything by British author Rose Tremain, (pictured above), until I happened to pick up her most recent book, The Gustav Sonata, at my local library. She's an historical novelist describ... Read More

What does ‘hectic’ mean?

Reading time: Les than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: hectic... I recently enjoyed a very fine piece of historical fiction, The Gustave Sonata, by Rose Tremain. Set in Switzerland, largely during the Second World War (the end wraps up in more contemporary times), the book tells the st... Read More

Your complete guide to writing a better speech

Reading time: Just over 6 minutes Here is everything I know about how to write a better speech and some detailed thoughts on how to deliver a better one as well.... I love TED talks, and perhaps you do as well, but be aware of the significant problem they’ve created in our society. Everyone now expects all public speakers to be as charming, interesting, funny and breathtakingly articu... Read More

Becoming a ‘book machine’

Nell Stevens

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss an book written by Nell Stevens... I don't do this very often, but I read a book excerpt in my daily newspaper on Saturday morning and bought the book — for my kindle — that afternoon. With the irr... Read More

How do I budget my writing time [video]

budgeting writing time

Viewing time: 2 minutes 45 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on the topic of budgeting writing time. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Transcript: Welcome to The Write ... Read More

The figurative language of Amy Krouse Rosenthal…

Amy Krause Rosenthal

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about personification from Amy Krouse Rosenthal... Amy Krouse Rosenthal, an American children’s book author, memoirist and public speaker died of ovarian cancer this week in Chicago. She was 51. I had never heard of Rosenthal until I read her heartbreakin... Read More