How to Write Fast: 5 Ways to Write Faster, not Sloppier

How to Write Fast: 5 Ways to Write Faster, not Sloppier

Looking for tips on how to write fast? Read on for five suggestions for writing faster without making more mistakes. As someone teaching workplace writing skills, I see again and again the impact of our hurry-up work world on the quality of writing. And although I will continue to preach slowing down, for all kinds of reasons, the truth is that many people still prefer to hurry through tasks. On the surface, this rushing through the workday might seem to equal productivity when it often has the opposite result. As an article at...
Monday’s Mistake: When to Use a Number vs. a Word

Monday’s Mistake: When to Use a Number vs. a Word

Here’s this week’s mistake, although it is admittedly subjective: What’s right: The writer used the written out version of 34 to start the sentence, and that’s correct. We don’t start sentences with numbers. Writing “34 percent of…” is wrong. Writing “Thirty-four percent of…” is right. What’s wrong: The other number should be a number, not a word, meaning it should say 18, not eighteen. Why? For two reasons: The number is not at the beginning of a sentence as 34...
Cluttered, Concise, Curt…Why We Can’t Get Clear Writing Right

Cluttered, Concise, Curt…Why We Can’t Get Clear Writing Right

Clear writing is sadly lacking in both marketing and business content these days. Here’s why… No matter how many decades I spend working with words, I continue to be shocked by the lack of writing for clarity all around me. I see cluttered and clunky writing everywhere, in marketing content and in business writing. Sometimes I wonder if people are getting paid by the word, for goodness sake! But, no, I realize that’s not the case. So what is? Why this propensity for clutter instead of clear writing? Not that I think people choose...
Monday’s Mistake: When to Use a Number vs. a Word

Monday’s Mistake: Commas Continue to Confuse!

Sadly, I saw this in an ad, an actual ad, that was paid for and probably a designer was paid and a copywriter too, yet no took a minute to actually proofread the darn thing. Do you see the mistake? In the heart of a young woman, lies a secret that divides a nation. Here’s the answer: The comma doesn’t belong because the two parts of that sentence can’t stand alone. How do I know? Because neither makes sense on its own. Here’s proof: In the heart of a young woman. Lies a secret that divides a nation. Do either of those “sentences”...
Monday’s Mistake: When to Use a Number vs. a Word

Monday’s Mistake: When Writing Wastes Time and Space

This Monday’s Mistake has an obvious punctuation error. Do you see it? More importantly, it is wrong overall in a much bigger way. Do you see why? First, the punctuation error: the comma before please. Verizon values your feedback and please take this 15-minute survey about your overall experience are two independent clauses. Neither needs the other. Therefore, we can’t use a comma. It should be a period and look like this: Verizon values your feedback. Please take this 15-minute survey about your overall experience. But the bigger...