If you’re reading this you either read or write and are interested in how people use words. You might be a read a lot and write a little. You might read a little and write a lot. It doesn’t matter what you write–you can use these tips to make your second draft cleaner, more persuasive, more entertaining writing.Continue Reading
Earlier this week, my boss sent the link to this fabulous infographic to our office. I fell in love with it instantly. If you've spent any time on my blog or talked with me about writing you'll know that I've developed quite the passion for plain language.Continue Reading
It's pretty simple, eh? When we were kids, this was the story formula we followed. When we're with kids and they are begging us to tell them a story, this is the story formula we follow. So why don't we follow this story formula when we're writing?Continue Reading
Are you a planner? Are you a write-by-the-seat-of-your-pantster? I’m not sure where I fit. There's a lot of advice out there about planning before you write AND about just writing without bogging yourself down with planning.Continue Reading
Nearly everyone writes at one time or another. We just don’t always realize that the work we're doing can be categorized as writing. You’re working on letters or emails, contracts or customer notices, not on stories or books. You’re not a writer and you don’t claim to be. But you still write. That’s where plain language comes in.Continue Reading
You need to think about why your idea should be packaged in a certain genre. That’s right, packaged. Genre is essentially a piece of familiar packaging that tells the reader what they can expect from your story.Continue Reading