We’ve all heard that speaker that was so boring or confusing that our brains have shut off before they’ve even finished their introductory paragraph. Think about it. You probably won’t remember anything they talked about. But you will remember that they seemed awkward or weird or just plain confusing. While they were speaking, you check […]Continue Reading
Last summer I went to my very first writing conference. It was a fabulous three days of panels, discussions and workshops on reading, writing, and editing. My favourite sessions at this conference were the live action slush piles.Continue Reading
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
I’ve always viewed my role as that of a helper. And I like it that way. As a communicator, a writer, and a lover of words and language, I see the world through a different lens than most. I see nuances others miss and I miss or ignore seemingly obvious things that others see.Continue Reading