Writing essays: what can we learn from nature?

Here’s a question I was asked recently by a student, that really made me think: what can we write about of what we learn from nature? This was for an essay she was about to write.

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The business world seems to claw at nature to make its commercial points.

In fact, how many of us still can take the time to look around us and absorb the lessons nature teaches us, especially when our heads are mainly buried in electronic devices while sat in antiseptic urban homes and offices? [Read more…]

Writing for business in the third-age: old? No, new.

People in the “third-age” who are running businesses are not old f*rts. In fact many of them are new entrepreneurs.

When I go home to Canada every summer I work a lot with my good friend and colleague Trudy Van Buskirk – a stalwart women-in-business coach and networker, founder of a number of online and offline business networking groups in Toronto. And just to make the challenge a bit more interesting she also a) is the wrong side of 60 and b) has disabilities.

Writing for business for third-age entrepreneurs on HTWB

Thanks to the internet it’s very easy for anyone of any age to keep bang up to date with their chosen business or industry.

What has struck me over the last few years of leading blogging and business writing workshops for Trudy and her clients are the high levels of energy, enthusiasm, business acumen, hunger for further learning and downright grit that all of these people pour into their businesses. [Read more…]

A Memorial Day everywhere this year

Monday May 29th, 2017 is a day of remembrance this year that has even more consequence and pathos than normal.

Not only is this Memorial Day in the USA but also people in Europe and especially in England will be remembering the tragic loss of friends and family in the Manchester ISIS atrocity.

Memorial Day 2017 on HTWB

Remembering lost soldiers, and hundreds of civilian victims of war and other atrocities

Beyond our borders, at the time of writing this, we’re also mourning the loss of another 16 civilians in Syria. [Read more…]

Do these common grammar mistakes still catch you with your pants down?

It’s amazing to think that it’s 6 years since I wrote this eBook and despite the fact that only a few thousand of you (well, quite a few thousand) have bought a copy, many of my lovely readers are still getting sh*t like this soooo wrong.

Common grammar mistakes: why do we still make them?

HTWB grammar Mar 17In a word – well, a few words – it’s because the English language has mental health issues. Ergo, it’s nuts. There are so many exceptions to rules in English that it’s hardly worth studying the actual rules.

All the same, for those mere 1.5 billion people who speak English as a first or other language, we need to get the basics right as far as is humanly possible. Here, now, are some excerpts from my earlier writings, distilled down into the main areas where we still screw up… [Read more…]

Why academic writing is soooo boring – but needn’t be

Please welcome freelance content writer Jessica Freeman from Sydney, Australia, who shares her thoughts on why academic writing has become so boring to read … plus some ways in which to make it more reader-friendly. Over to Jessica…

Academic writing exists only to share knowledge and ideas. Sadly, we have created a culture where students are trained to create sterile and clinical documents. Academic work tends to be very technical, and students are afraid to add a little flair or entertainment value through fear of losing marks when they are graded.

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Academic writing has its own unique structure, and writers are not penalized for being boring.

This habit of writing sterile and clinical documents then follows the academic through his or her life and few academics ever learn how to write entertaining texts.

Are academic works really that boring?

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What to write to someone who comes out as LGBTQ

Much as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) people are now widely established in their rightful place in many of our communities, when someone close to you “comes out” it can still be an uncomfortable journey for them and their families.

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For your friend or family member to have braved it and stuck with it can, sometimes, have been one hell of an achievement.

You may well feel, as I have done many times when a friend or family member of mine has come out, that you want to drop them a note to show that you care. Whether you are gay, straight or any other gender identity, the process for your friends and relatives who are “coming out” may be challenging for them – even though in our enlightened times it should not be so. Sadly what “should be” is often very different from the reality.

Whatever your gender, do you know what to write to your “coming out” friend or relative? [Read more…]

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