How to sharpen up your blogs and articles with one quick chop

Have you ever looked at something you’ve just written and thought, “that first paragraph isn’t needed?

No? Well, maybe you should. Even we pro writers often go back and chop off the first paragraph or even two, and let the blog, article or other piece of writing start a few lines along, when we really get down to business.

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Either leave preambles and back stories out altogether, in a box, or at the back.

When your writing engine is still running cold…

It’s a bit like when you start your car on a cold morning. I know most modern cars have automatic chokes, but you still don’t get the best performance from even a late model Bentley until the engine has warmed up. [Read more…]

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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My grammar is cr*ppy. Should I correct it as I go along, or leave that to later?

When you’re writing, do you correct any goofs as you go along, or do you go for it “hell for leather” and worry about cleaning up goofs later?
This is something that we writers argue about until blue in the face, but shouldn’t. Why? Everyone is different. (Yeah, that one.)

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The purists amongst us usually insist that you should not obstruct your creative flow in its initial stages with such banal things like grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and so-on.

No, no, say those purists. You should free-write to get your creative “juices” working (yikes, how I hate that word – makes me think of molten perspiration pumping out body odour). Yuk.

So let’s start at the beginning… [Read more…]

Writing a nonfiction book this summer? Get it right with these 10 Quick Tips

Summer is the season when many people get inspired to write that self-help or business book they’ve been thinking about for months. And given that you may well get some down time during July and August, this could be just the inspiration you need to get your book out there…

10 Quick Tips to help you write that nonfiction book

Help to write your nonfiction book from Suzan St Maur on How To Write Better

Is this summer your time to get that nonfiction book planned and written? Here are 10 Quick Tips that will help you achieve your goal.

Here are my key tips, based on the hard-earned experience (and mistakes) I’ve fumbled through over creating 31 nonfiction published books (so far!) [Read more…]

How to pace your business writing – 10 Quick Tips

We writers love to shoot the breeze about how to pace online business writing, but the key point to remember is to make text as easy and pleasant as possible to read. Sentences need to vary in length, paragraphs need to be short, and there are various other techniques you can use to enhance the reader experience.HTWB 10 tips logo

Here are 10 Quick Tips based on my own experience

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Editing your online writing – 10 Quick Tips

Editing your online writing - 10 Quick TipsYou know how it feels … you’re looking through your article or blog post and you see things you want to change, so you add in a few words here, take out a few words there, and press “save” assuming the result will be what you intended. Then you hit “publish,” “send” or whatever other point-of-no-return you’re using. [Read more…]

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