Synonyms Writers May (or Might) Use

English is a language of synonyms. We inherited words from the Germanic tribes, the Vikings, the French, and the Romans and assimilated words from other cultures as far apart as India and Italy. So it should come as no surprise that subtle variations and nuances between near synonyms cause trouble for even native speakers of […]

5 Consequences of the Plain Writing Act

It’s been four years since the Plain Writing Act was signed into law. Still, many Americans aren’t aware that government documents are supposed to clear and easy to understand. And an alarming number of government writers don’t have the resources they need to achieve this goal. As someone who provides writing training to government biologists, […]

3 Ways We Got Writing Training Right

And I’m back again from an exhilarating and exhausting week conducting writing training for subject matter experts at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV. I thought it would be helpful to share with you a few of the things that went so well during the week and that have made our course, […]

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, […]

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

In the last few posts, I’ve been hinting at the fact that not all of us are born writers. Some of us need training. And in order to be effective, a training regimen needs to be long term. So I thought I’d provide a few concrete suggestions on how to set yourself up for success. I’m […]

Online or Onsite: Which Option is Right (Write)?

Corporate Writing Pro is committed to providing clients with online resources so people do not have to travel to attend training. That’s one of the reasons I hosted the Telesummit Unlocking the Secrets to Clear Writing– and many thanks to the 100+ participants who made that such a success! But the decision to offer online […]