Why I love being a business writer

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My mother told me many years ago to forget writing and get a proper job. Mind you, she did have “issues…”

On LinkedIn recently, my good friend Mark Orr posed some interesting questions about business generally. One that struck me the most was this:

…if you were going to promote yourself as successful what would that success look like to you and how would you describe it?

Here is what I replied, and I really would like your honest views about it (in the comments below…) [Continue reading]


Writing about yourself is tough. Here’s how to do it.

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Does writing about yourself make you nervous? Here’s how to do it well.

We’re all the same. Even pro writers like me can write perfectly for clients, but when it comes to writing about me? I shrivel. I bet you shrivel too.

So here are some tips that might help make the process a lot easier for you. [Continue reading]

Sports hilarity: the funny things sporting types say

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Unfairly, sportspeople are often lampooned when they come out with unwittingly humorous quotes. But many of them are actually very witty indeed. Here's a classic selection from a while back, shared with me recently by my good friend Laurence H. … [Continue reading]

Blind Murder: not a book for the faint hearted

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With a title like "Blind Murder," no prospective purchaser will expect this book to be about playful pussycats. Fortunately, the title prepares you for a crime novel that doesn't, er, pussyfoot around. It's violent, gory and absolutely … [Continue reading]

How do you deal with negative blog comments?

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I have to say that last week (August 7th, 2014) was the first time I have ever received a bitchy, negative comment here on HTWB. I didn't burst into tears, despite the fact that this is the first (yes, really) sarcastic jibe I have received in 3 … [Continue reading]

12 tricky tips to help you research online – and get great results

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Having been researching for my own and my clients' writing projects online for as many years as the internet has been a viable research tool, I have learned a few tips and shortcuts to finding out a few trickier pieces of information that some less … [Continue reading]