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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How to write a complaint

How to write a complaint
Reading time: About 3 minutes Do you know how to write a complaint letter? The rules are straightforward but surprisingly challenging to apply… My 20-year-old son, who’s studying to become an opera singer, recently gave me a complaint he’d writ Read more...

10 ways to become a better proofreader

10 ways to become a better proofreader
Reading time: About 2 minutes If you can afford to outsource your proofreading, do it. If you can’t here are some tips that will help… Do you clean your own gutters? Change the oil in your own car? Bake every birthday cake from scratch? I Read more...

How to save yourself from boredom while writing

How to save yourself from boredom while writing
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Here are 10 boredom cures — also known as writing tips — that can help any writer have a bit more verve…. I sometimes find myself getting bored when I write. This feeling is not the end of the world, but it’s n Read more...

How to make writing from home more effective

How to make writing from home more effective
Reading time: Less than 4 minutes Do you lack an office? Here are nine ways to make writing from home more productive for you…. When I started working from home in 1996, my triplets were two years old. I know, I know. Crazy! And my office didn’ Read more...

A step-by-step guide to better sentence length

A step-by-step guide to better sentence length
Reading time: Just over 4 minutes Is your writing filled with long, winding sentences? Here’s a guide to achieving better sentence length…. When I talk about sentence length at workshops, people sometimes object to my advocacy for short sentences. “I Read more...

Why is writing so tiring?

Why is writing so tiring?
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Does the mere thought of writing make you feel exhausted? There are some good scientific reasons explaining why writing is so tiring… Do you spend most of your day sitting? And does it astonish you that you’re Read more...

9 business tools I adore (and you might, too)

9 business tools I adore (and you might, too)
Reading time: Just over 5 minutes Are you looking for business tool recommendations? Here are nine tried-and-true options that make a big difference to my working life every day of the week…. Each of my grandparents was born in the late 1800s — not j Read more...

How to develop a rock-solid writing habit

How to develop a rock-solid writing habit
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Establishing the writing habit will pay you big dividends into the future. It doesn’t matter how many words you produce each day. What matters is that you DO it…. When you read the subject line to this post perhaps, Read more...

How to increase your writing productivity by more than 113%

How to increase your writing productivity by more than 113%
Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Do you need to get more done in less time? Here’s how to dramatically increase your writing productivity….  Are you one of those people who sees writing as a creative act? If so, you’re right. But only partly. Writin Read more...

How to find and hire an editor

How to find and hire an editor
Reading time: Less than 6 minutes It’s hard to find good help, and that issue becomes particularly challenging when you need to learn how to hire an editor…. When I worked in the newspaper business, several decades ago, I interviewed then-famous Cana Read more...