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 get back into writing after a break

How to get back into writing after a break
Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Writing is always harder after a holiday. Does that make breaks a mistake? No way! Here’s the secret to getting back into writing after a break… Did you eat too many chocolate-dipped shortbreads this past Christmas? Read more...

What if you turned off your smartphone today?

What if you turned off your smartphone today?
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes I like smartphones as much as the next person. But I also know there’s a good time to turn off your smartphone…. When my brother-in-law comes to our house for dinner he knows I’ll require him to step away from the ta Read more...

Resolve to stop negotiating with yourself about writing

Resolve to stop negotiating with yourself about writing
Is guilt about writing (or, more accurately, not writing) driving you crazy? I have a simple solution: stop negotiating with yourself…. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, but if the changing of the calendar inspires you to make positive chang Read more...

What these 5 Christmas songs can teach you about writing

What these 5 Christmas songs can teach you about writing
Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Is there any relationship between Christmas songs and writing? I think there is! Let me explain the lessons you can learn from your CD player….  In my final column before taking a break for holidays, I thought Read more...

Seven ways writers can stay sane during the holidays

Seven ways writers can stay sane during the holidays
Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Do you fear you’ve ever been somewhat dysfunctional about Christmas? Here are seven tips to keep writers sane during the holidays…. The ghosts of Christmases past still haunt me. There was the frustrating one when my Read more...

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

Are you addicted to your smartphone?
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes When you read the headline to this post did you immediately feel guilty? If so, you may be one of the people who’s suffering from smartphone addiction…. Before I went to bed last night, I spent five minutes on my Fre Read more...

7 ways writers can be more productive when sick

7 ways writers can be more productive when sick
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Do you try to play the hero when you’re ill — dragging yourself into work even when you feel like collapsing? Or do you tend to fold at the first sneeze? Neither approach is optimal. Here are 7 ways you can be more p Read more...

Recommended books: Christmas 2017

Recommended books: Christmas 2017
Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Looking for some recommended books in time for holiday reading? Here’s my semi-annual roundup of books I’ve read this year.   I aim to read 52 books every 12 months and my habit is to post a complete list of the name Read more...

Why writers should use a secret sauce — tracking

Why writers should use a secret sauce — tracking
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Have you ever kept a writing tracking record? This simple document — you can create it easily in your own word processing software — will revolutionize your productivity…. When I wrote my first book, 8½ Steps t Read more...

How to work with difficult editors

How to work with difficult editors
Reading time: Less than 4 minutes We don’t always get rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes we have to work with people who aren’t very good at their jobs. Here’s a primer on how to work with difficult editors…. I once worked for a difficult editor at the Read more...