Cubing, Reading, and Compiling – 3 Ways of Getting Started

On Thursday May 17, Shakirah Dawud and I held our bi-weekly tweet chat, Writing Matters. In past conversations, we focused on the Writer’s Triangle, discussing matters of context, author, audience, and purpose for professionals who write. In this edition we talked about process, specifically the beginning stages of writing a document. Shakirah and I are […]

Starving Writer? Feed Your Reader

#WrMatters met for the second time on Thursday, April 19th. #WrMatters is a Tweet Chat for subject matter experts who are not necessarily trained writers but who have discovered the vital role that written communication plays in their work. We (me and expert editor Shakirah Dawud of Deliberate Ink) talk with writers about writing because […]

Have You Lost Your Why?

I don’t know about you, but lately I just feel drained of inspiration. One of the tell-tale signs is doing things at the last minute, like this blog post, and that means it’s time for me to revisit my why. We all have days when it’s tough to get out of bed, go to work, […]

Tough Crowd? How to Write Straight to Your Reader

#WrMatters debuted Thursday, April 5th on Twitter with a small but vocal group of participants, eager to discuss the challenges we encounter deciding who our readers are and how to write to them most effectively. Audience forms one angle of the The Writer’s Triangle. In conjunction with the writer’s purpose the two provide a solid […]

Writing That’s Real

A LinkedIn colleague recently posed a question about the fundamentals of communication. Frank wanted to know when “communication standards … [could be] strained to the varying levels of receptive ability in audiences.” I’ve had this discussion with other colleagues in two contexts, first with a Plain Language course and second with Scientific Writing for Publication. […]

Why Your Social Media Message Isn’t Quite Right (Write!)

There’s a very simple reason your social media accounts aren’t yielding the return on investment you had hoped. And it’s not because you haven’t invested in enough courses, read the right books, or heard the right guru at the right conference. It’s because you’re too busy looking at the bright shiny objects, pressing all the […]

It’s all about ME!

And with that, we continue our series on The Writer’s Triangle with the second angle, Audience. If you thought the 80’s were the ME-generation, welcome to the 21st century. One of the things that I love the most about the millenials is their unabashed self-interest. In my opinion, they represent the best of what capitalism […]

Set Yourself Up for Success: Seven Steps for Long-Term Writing Improvement, Part II

Last week, I gave you a few tips for how to establish and sustain long-term writing improvement. Those included: 1) Self assessment for effective training; 2) Building a strong foundation using the right tools; and 3) Buying a library. This week we’ll conclude that list with four additional tips. And if you have any others, […]