Writing better emails – some back-to-basic tips

Much as we’ve shared earlier articles on emails here on HTWB it’s worth taking another look as time goes on. Here are some of my thoughts on issues which still can be a little perplexing in our daily email correspondence

Writing better emails - some back-to-basic tips

It’s always useful to check over the basics of our email correspondence

1.How informally should you write in a formal email?

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DEAR PARENT – politically correct letters to parents from desperate teachers…

A hilarious selection of letters written and sent home to the parents of recalcitrant brats … as sent to me by my good friend and mentor Dhananjay (Jay) Parkhe from Bangalore, India.

Politically correct letters to parents from desperate teachers...Share these letters to inspire your favourite, long-suffering teacher friends

Dear Parent,
We are delighted to inform you that your child displays remarkable initiative. Not for him the simple-minded obedience to teachers. We refer to his admirable refusal to do homework. We have, however, humbly requested him to stoop to our level and condescend to do his homework. [Read more…]

A bumper crop of crap writing- Spam Of The Month Award II

And the out-and-out winner of the January 2018 Spam Of The Month award goes to Candidate number two:

Vanilla we-wee wins first prize

A bumper crop of crap writing - Spam Of The Month Award II

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My response (for what it was worth…)

This article has a naughty euphemism for urination (or micturition if you’re a urologist) in the headline and an image of a little boy peeing into a fountain (famous statue in Brussels, Belgium, actually.) If you think that’s vanilla your next stop needs to be a porno site. Oh, sorry. You ARE a porno site. 

Thank you all for your votes. Now, check out this month’s contenders

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I have written a nonfiction book. How do I get it out there?

Here’s the latest from my inbox – how to get your completed nonfiction book out there, sharing your expertise and your story. A real enquiry and one that’s typical of many I receive now that I am working almost entirely as an author coach and book publishing consultant.

I have written a nonfiction book. How do I get it out there?

Whichever route to publication you use, you have to understand that this is where the hard work starts; writing the book is the easy bit!

How to get your book published

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How to write better for blogging plus…

Have you ever thought just how valuable your blog can be, as the basis for a range of content to promote your business or interest? How to write better for blogging plusNow that more and more social media platforms are not only accepting, but also encouraging much longer posts, you have widely increased opportunities get your message out there.

We were talking about this at meeting a couple of days ago

I was asked to lead a discussion about blogging at a networking event last week and saw a few eyes glance upwards when I mentioned the “B” word. But contrary to the views of some in the room, blogging still hasn’t gone out of fashion. Quite the opposite, in fact. [Read more…]

How to write a good short story – in simple terms for beginners

What does it take to make a brilliant short story? A lot depends on your taste in writing, and/or the taste in reading of your audience if it is already established. And there are many types of short story – almost as many different types as there are genres in full-length books.

How to write a good short story, in simple but effective terns

However as you would expect, a short story is rather different from a full length book, and different from an essay, too.

Writing a short story is like taking a snapshot

Whether you’re writing about something that actually has happened to you – or, you’re making up a fictional story – you have little time for anything but the key points.

It’s hard to know just how much description to include (where the story takes place, what the characters do and look like, the time of year, etc.) And you have no time for any “back story” to introduce readers to the action.

Write a skeleton plan

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