• work life

    How to Write Faster (Bonus: You’ll write better, too!)

    Creating content takes time. If your business relies on fresh, new content (really, though, whose doesn’t?), you know how long it takes to take a piece from concept to publish. What if you could cut out a huge chunk of time, the chunk that often takes the most time, and still produce quality work? In the years I spent teaching writing, and in the subsequent years I spent consulting, the one complaint I’ve heard over and over and over again is this: “It just takes forever to get the writing done.” Said, of course, with a deep whine. I get it. Writing is hard. But, it doesn’t have to take forever.  However,…

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    Annoying Business Jargon: Avoid these 5 in your writing

    Meaningless at its worst, trite at its best, business jargon clutters up your writing. When writing anything–whether it’s an email or a proposal–your goal is clarity. Duh, right? You want your readers to understand what you’re saying. Toss in a whole bunch of annoying business jargon, and you risk losing the clarity of your presentation. So, what is some of the most irritating “corporate speak”? Here my five biggest annoyances: Move the dial: Also, move the needle. This means that the task or project has a visible impact. Remember the most important tenant of good writing? Show, don’t tell! Instead of saying something will “move the dial,” tell them how,…

  • creative life

    How to Hone Your Writing Voice in 3 Simple Steps

      The term “writing voice” is bandied about but rarely defined. Your voice, though, will make you stand out from the crowd of other writers and bloggers. So, how are you supposed to hone your writing voice if you’re not sure what–or where–it is? For starters, I like to think of my writing voice as the sound of my work. If you were having a conversation about your article/book/post, think about what you would say and how you would say it. You want to capture the sound of that discussion in your written work. I admit: It’s often easier said than done, especially while you’re still refining your craft. Why? We all want…