Power Writing

Power Writing began as a weekly newsletter in April 2006. Its purpose? To give tips and advice about writing, to tell stories in an interesting way and to help corporate writers (and others) work faster, better. This newsletter is still distributed by email to thousands of readers around the world every week and, since March 2012, has formed the Tuesday entry of my blog.

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Why writers should let their minds wander

Why writers should let their minds wander
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Are you ever accused of being a “daydreamer”? Don’t despair! It’s actually a very good sign that you’re allowing your mind to wander… A majestic cypress tree grew outside my grade 11 classroom window, eons ago. I rem Read more...

CBT for writers

CBT for writers
Reading time: Less than 4 minutes If you have difficulty writing, consider using the tool of CBT — Cognitive Behavioural Therapy — to help give yourself a boost. It’s easy and inexpensive and you can do it yourself… Are you familiar with CBT? If you’ Read more...

How to get the ‘write’ mindset

How to get the ‘write’ mindset
Reading time: Less than 4 minutes Do you struggle with getting words on paper? If so, it may surprise you to learn that 11 highly counterintuitive strategies may help get you in to the write mindset…. In case you didn’t know, money doesn’t buy happin Read more...

The how-to-stop-procrastinating hack

The how-to-stop-procrastinating hack
Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Do you need to learn the art of stopping procrastinating? Here is a three-step hack that should make it relatively easy…. I frequently work with writers who procrastinate and delay. They want to write faster and bett Read more...

Work on your personality before you work on your writing

Work on your personality before you work on your writing
Reading time: Just over 2 minutes There are many routes to becoming a better writer. Here’s one I favour: become a better writer by improving your sense of well-being…  My brother-in-law, Doug — who’s a civil engineer — likes to tell a joke about peo Read more...

33 writing lessons from 33 years of writing…

33 writing lessons from 33 years of writing…
Reading time: Just over 5 minutes  How can you improve your writing? Here are 33 lessons I’ve learned over the past 33 years….  I accepted a job as a senior editor at a metropolitan daily newspaper some 33 years ago. Little did the company understand Read more...

When ignoring advice makes sense

When ignoring advice makes sense
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Ignoring advice may seem like a misguided idea, but sometimes it makes sense to do that. Here’s a description of when to go against what you’ve been told… After my blog post about an easy productivity hack last week, Read more...

How to boost your productivity with one easy hack

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 i Read more...

Your complete guide to writing a better speech

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 pro Read more...

Ways to stay focused when you’re writing

Ways to stay focused when you’re writing
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Being more focused as a writer means you’ll be able to finish your work faster and with far less angst. Here’s how you can improve your focus… How do you stay focused when you’re writing? There are some basic moves. Read more...