The Best – and Worst – Places to Write

November 3rd, 2013

When it’s time to do a bit of writing that serves the purpose of satiating our more creative outlets, we often think about escaping. The thought process likely has to do with removing ourselves from the more familiar places in our lives—where we know the sort of distractions that occur—and setting up to write in some coffee shop or a nice park or someplace similar. However, what may seem to be ideal writing spots in the mind, may actually be counterproductive.

This bit is really more about the types of writing we do outside of work. This is to say, whether or not you’re a professional writer, I’m always under the assumption that everyone who visits this blog has their own active blog, freelance project, in-the-works novel/book, or other creative writing project. Therefore, I’m sharing a perspective on The Best – and Worst – Places to Write.

Calling Out Crappy Design

November 2nd, 2013

Here’s a Reddit site on Calling out crappy design. It’s a largely humorous site where you can check out others’ submissions of poor designs and submit your own. It’s is easily to get lost and spend way too much time here.

G is for Gerund

November 1st, 2013

One of my biggest causes in professional and other writing is to remove virtually all passive voice (yes, yes, there ARE some times when it is intentional and correct), so I often remove gerunds to fix sentences. However, there are other considerations with the gerund than the effort to make sentences precise and active.

Here is a good overview of gerund use.

Effective Business Writing – Part 2

October 30th, 2013

As a follow-up the Effective Business Writing post from yesterday, here are some more general concepts I took from the writing seminar.

The most important question of all to ask of your writing is, “Does It Work?” This is even more important than asking if your writing is accurate. Whether or not it is perfect and correct, if it serves its intended purpose is paramount to all else.

While we presumably all follow best practices that make for good writing, taking time to Read the rest of this entry »

Effective Business Writing – Part 1

October 29th, 2013

A while back, I attended a writing workshop. It was mostly aimed at writing better in general. While most of the topics were points that I (and you) already know, I did take a way some worth from it. So, here are some ideas I took from the event, since they can benefit all of us writers, including those who Read the rest of this entry »