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 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...

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about your holidays

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about your holidays
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes  Do you suffer from holiday guilt? Not only is this unnecessary, it’s also a really bad idea. With inadequate breaks, you’ll see your productivity decline and your writing will worsen…. Do you postpone holidays? Or f Read more...

Do you use too many sticky words?

Do you use too many sticky words?
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Sometimes, being “sticky” is a desirable trait. At other times, it’s a bad idea. Here’s how to figure out if you’re using too many sticky words…. Ever since Chip and Dan Heath wrote the 2007 bestselling book Made to Read more...

Recommended books: Summer 2017

Recommended books: Summer 2017
Reading time: About 4 minutes Looking for some recommended books in time for summer 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 names of Read more...

Do you have a broken writing process?

Do you have a broken writing process?
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Are you still editing WHILE you write? This broken writing process is only slowing you down, as a clever little app can help demonstrate to you…. I spend a good chunk of my life trying to persuade people to stop edit Read more...

When you should ignore spelling

When you should ignore spelling
Reading time: About 3 minutes Some writers worry about or are embarrassed by their spelling. Today I tell you why this is an unnecessary concern and when you should ignore spelling… I try to read about 80 blogs a week. Most of them are related Read more...

How writers can change self-doubt into idea doubt

How writers can change self-doubt into idea doubt
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Do you understand the difference between self-doubt and idea doubt? It’s a really important distinction for most writers… I first heard about what’s called “the progression of creativity,” from my son, Du Read more...

Writing advice from Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Writing advice from Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Writing advice can come from the most interesting places. One such source is the famous American Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg….  I have long admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg (pictured above) — an as Read more...

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...