What’s a menhir?

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: menhir… Most of us have vocabularies that are highly specific. They often reveal the places in which we live. Circular intersections were …

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The ultimate ‘how to mindmap’ video

I’ve been working on the video below for months now, trying to synch it with a PowerPoint slide deck about mindmapping that I spent many hours creating. The first four times I tried to do it, the recording didn’t work. Last week, I decided to try again and I discovered …

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PubCoach top 10: October 2020

Reading time: About 6 minutes (but easily scannable) Here are my 10 favourite articles or posts from last month, focusing on the most useful, helpful and healthful pieces for writers. It’s pumpkin season here in North America, with shortening days, cooler temperatures and more rain. As my husband and I …

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Don’t shoot for the moon

I have a friend who used to set the most wildly ambitious goals for herself. Whenever she did this, I’d mildly observe that perhaps she’d be better off choosing more realistic objectives. Her response? She said something like, “I just like to give myself something really challenging to aim for. …

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