Writing

  • Grammar Tips
    Starting small is a good way to tackle improving your writing skills, and grammar tips are a good example. With a so-called "cheat sheet" of the 10 or 20 or 37 most frequently encountered errors in wr....
  • The Writing Process
    The writing process for 99 people out of 100 (and I wish I were the exception) is generally one form of anguish or another. It doesn't matter whether you're talking about an inter-office memo, a grant....
  • Grammar Instruction
    Grammar instruction isn't what it used to be. This is not nostalgia. It isn't exaggeration. Grade-school teachers simply don't use sentence diagramming to show how the different parts of speech fit to....
  • Writing Press Releases
    "Stick to the facts, ma'am," worked for Joe Friday and Dragnet 40 years ago. It's just as applicable to writing press releases today (and then). What's more, for strategic business reasons, press rele....
  • Grammar And Punctuation
    Grammar and punctuation are relatively simple. They're bricks and mortar. They put the words you're stringing together in context. You've got a subject and a verb and sometimes an object. You might ha....
  • Writing Techniques
    Writing techniques include everything from getting ideas while sitting at a street-side coffee shop, to taking 45-minute breaks from the keyboard, to getting up at 3 AM and padding sleepily across to ....
  • Business Writing Grammar
    If your goal is to improve your overall business writing, grammar is always the best place to start. No one, individual or corporate, is exempt from embarrassment on that score. I recently installed w....
  • Business Writing
    "When in doubt," detective novelist Raymond Chandler once suggested to struggling writers, "have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand." The concept works as well in nonfiction--business wr....
  • Writing Tools
    In the strictest sense of the phrase, the writing tools that we all have right at hand include the painfully obvious keyboard and a dictionary. Next on the list is probably Strunk and White's The Elem....
  • Grammar Reference
    The first half of the equation to improving your writing skills is to have a few style, usage, and grammar reference books on your shelf. The second half, of course, is referring to them whenever even....