How to write with a co-writer or two

Many of us – in any number of job roles – are well used to working within a team, which might suggest that writers can work in a team in a similar way. Uh, uh: not necessarily. Why? Read on. If you need to collaborate with another worker – whether for business or other activity, for a blog, article, report, white paper, brochure, etc…here are some tips you might find helpful.

Writing with more than one author

A camel is a horse designed (and written about) by a committee.

Probably the most difficult part of working within a team as one or two of the “writers,” is the way that these roles can become politically sensitive.

Why does being “the writer” in a team suggest authority?

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How to write political spin

You really can’t fail to admire the ways in which political journalists and politicians manage to write accounts of events and issues which, though vaguely accurate if you stretch your imagination, vary hysterically and often hilariously in how the subjects are portrayed.

political spin

Spin description of a prison sentence: a “holiday paid for by Her Majesty.”

What exactly do we mean by “political spin?”

According to our beloved Wikipedia

“In public relations and politicsspin is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing a biased interpretation of an event or campaigning to persuade public opinion in favor or against some organization or public figure. While traditional public relations and advertising may also rely on altering the presentation of the facts, “spin” often implies the use of disingenuousdeceptive, and highly manipulative tactics.[1]”

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What to write to someone who is depressed

This article is not about the professionals’ answers on how to deal with depression. It’s about how we as ordinary people should react when faced with a friend or family member who is dealing with it: the professionals are the next step, if necessary. In the meantime, how can we help our friend appropriately?

How to handle depression in a friend

The most important thing to your friend at this point is just to know you’re there for them

What about your initial response to a friend who is depressed?

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How to write in body language

Have you ever expressed regret about written communications because they don’t allow you to “read” – and use – body language? I have, and many others appear to have done so as well.

Writing in body language

There are ways to compensate for lack of body language when you’re communicating in text.

One of the most obvious places where the lack of body language can cause misinterpretations leading to discussions, arguments and worse, is in social media comments. Just one sentence that’s a bit thoughtless or flippant in the wrong circumstances can make a fire break out and within minutes there are dozens or even hundreds of trolls fanning the flames into the second Great Fire of London.

But that’s not the only problem area. [Read more…]

10 ways to repurpose your blog posts – so versatile!

If you’ve ever thought that blogging for business is a boring chore, do you realise just how much you can do with one blog post or article? Here are ten good reasons why your dear, old-fashioned blog is worth its weight in gold…

why blog posts are versatile

Number one priority – blog on your own real estate

If you’ve read any of my previous articles on blogging and/or attended one of my talks or workshops in the UK and Canada, you’ll know how important it is – and why – always to blog on your own website or blogsite first of all. [Read more…]

Writing on Facebook – a, er, lightbulb moment?

Although the “how many to change a lightbulb” joke is very old, its use here in connection with Facebook is hilarious – all the more so because it’s so embarrassingly true.

how many posters to change a light bulb on Facebook

…5 to post to the page that they will no longer post or are leaving because they cannot handle the $!%cking light bulb controversy.

Many thanks to our occasional columnist and good friend Lynn Tulip for curating this and posting it in my own Facebook group, The Joke Street Journal.  Original author unknown but whoever you are, thanks! Enjoy…

Q: How many people does it take to change a lightbulb on Facebook?

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