Reading time: 2.5 minutes Did you read last week’s excerpt from William Zinsser’s book? If not, I provide a link to it, below. Most importantly, I give you the grade level at which it was written. Read on for the final part to my series on how to edit like […]
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Reading time: 2.5 minutes Have you been wrestling with the idea of readability statistics? Do you see them as unfair? Unliterary? Even illiterate? Here is part 3 of my series on how to become your own best editor. Just about every time I write about readability statistics I hear back
Do you struggle with rewriting yourself? Here is part 2 of my series on how to edit like a professional. Following up on last week’s column about how to edit, let me revisit the passage I rewrote and explain what I did and why. Here again is the original piece,
Do you ever struggle with rewriting yourself? Here’s the first installment in my 4-part guide on how to edit. There are pros and cons to moving house, as I did recently. On the one hand, you inevitably lose some stuff. I’m still mourning the disappearance of my Kitchen Aid dough
Do you want to be a writing star? Here are some suggestions that might help! Blame it on my stroke or my house-move but I lost an expensive piece of software recently. I could have sworn it was installed on my computer but when I checked my hard drive the
Are you prepared to take risks while writing? Let me give you an example of something my husband did recently with his choir. Although it wasn’t a writing activity, it offers at least three lessons worth learning. My husband has a great voice and he loves to sing. Loves it. He’s performed
Have you ever been asked to write a communications plan? Today’s newsletter gives you a clear five-step plan for producing one. Last week I met with a client — the CEO of a non-profit organization — who announced that he wanted a communications plan. Having been around the block a
Have you ever had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad writing day? And does that make you feel like a crummy wordsmith? Today’s newsletter is designed to put your bad days into some sort of perspective. I opened the freezer door and a sea of green goo puddled towards me. What
Reading time: About 2 mins. Have you ever wondered about starting your own writing business? Today’s newsletter describes five strategies to help you succeed — despite the economy. Last week I received an email from a longtime copywriter who told me she’d lost her job. Fortunately, she has just the right
Reading time: About 2 mins. Do you ever have to write about something that bores you to tears? Today’s column describes five ways you can make a wearisome job much more interesting. Last week I did something I hadn’t done in more than a year. I hopped on a Skytrain