3 Parts of Rewriting for Excellence

Writing clearly and effectively is difficult — in fact, there’s no chance that you’ll get it right the first time….which is why you get to rewrite. Rewriting isn’t about fixing your mistakes, rewriting is about adding excellence. Here’s a three-part plan for doing rewriting right.My buddy Mal Stiefel once said he was never at a loss for words […]
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Clean Up Your Writing With Linux Utilities

I kept noticing that I frequently make the error of doubling a word in what I write. When I write the source document in HTML or LaTeX, the line breaks are arbitrary. That means that the error may be obvious in the output, but not so obvious in the input. For example, the file I […]
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Being Clear and Concise When You Write

Everybody wants their writing to be concise and clear. Here’s some simple rules that you can follow to achieve both clarity and concision in the next thing you write — and a warning about when being concise is a bad idea. When I ask participants in Learning Tree’s business writing course what matters to them in business […]
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Three Things to Recognize About Grammar for Effective Communication

Worrying about grammar when you’re writing will make you a worse rather than a better writer. That doesn’t mean grammar doesn’t matter…it just doesn’t matter the way you think it does. There seem to be a lot of people who believe that someone, somewhere wrote a specification for the English language…and that we do a […]
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Technical Writing

Do you and your team members have problems writing these types of documents? Product specifications and descriptions Operating procedures End-user documentation Definitions of terms White papers Portions of Proposals Recommendations Feasibility studies Documents that explain “how or why” “Yes?” . . . then the answer to all of your problems is: “Produce less and have […]
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