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 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...

Preparing for imperfection

Preparing for imperfection
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes  Has it ever occurred to you to plan for the worst while hoping for the best? This is precisely why preparing for imperfection is such an integral part of the writing process. If I had a dollar for every person who t Read more...

7 ways to stop editing while you write

7 ways to stop editing while you write
Reading time: Just over 5 minutes Are you writing slowly because you’re editing WHILE you write? Today, I give some practical advice on how to break this terribly destructive habit…..  When I started writing back in high school, I developed the pract Read more...

7 ways to write more effective letters to elected representatives

7 ways to write more effective letters to elected representatives
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes The recent American election — and subsequent backlash — has more people following politics than in recent memory. If you want to get involved, here’s how to write more effective letters to elected representatives… I Read more...

What’s your big idea?

What’s your big idea?
Reading time: Just over 2 minutes  Blog posts can start with nothing more than an interesting story but, eventually, they need to evolve into a big idea. Here’s why you need to accomplish that….  When I met with bloggers Mitchell and Jordan (not thei Read more...

Are you wasting your writing time?

Are you wasting your writing time?
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Time is the most valuable commodity we all have. But let me ask you if you’re regularly wasting your writing time…. If Superman, or the tooth fairy or Dumbledore offered you either $1,500 or a thousand minutes of you Read more...

The Pareto Principle in writing

The Pareto Principle in writing
Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Do you figure that time or hard work is enough to improve your writing? Alas, it’s not — if you consider the Pareto Principle in writing…. When I worked on my BA in political science in the late 1970s some form Read more...

How to improve your creativity

How to improve your creativity
SeReading time: Just over 3 minutes If you were educated following Western norms, your many years of schooling may have made you wonderfully analytic but otherwise unoriginal or uninspired. Here’s how to improve your creativity… Are you already a cre Read more...