I saw this sign while at a local hardware store waiting for some lumber to be cut. It would be one thing if this sign were scrawled on a piece of cardboard using a felt-tip marker. Then I could excuse the errors as being the result of some harried employee hurriedly writing these safety instructions.… Continue reading This Saw Blade Can Do It All! (or: Proofreading Matters When Safety Counts)
Watching two people argue about serial commas is like watching two people argue about politics: Neither can listen to the other, but neither is necessarily right nor wrong. As a refresher, the serial comma—sometimes called the Oxford comma—is used in a series as in ham, eggs, and toast. It’s the comma after the word “eggs.”… Continue reading Readers Come Before Rules
To write better and faster, you must avoid distractions and interruptions. Obviously, you’re going to react if the smoke alarm starts squealing loudly. If that happens, get out! But I’m not talking about interruptions that matter. I’m talking about interruptions that don’t. And you can take steps to keep those at bay. Interruptions slow us… Continue reading Focus! 8 Ways to Minimize Distractions so You Can Write Better, Faster
Would you read more if you knew it would make you a better, faster writer at work? Because it will. And it’s fun! How reading improves your writing Reading develops your writing skills in multiple ways. It improves your spelling, builds your vocabulary, trains your mind to recognize correct grammar and structure, exposes you to… Continue reading To Write Better, Read More. Period.
Sometimes it’s not worth re-inventing the wheel, like this week when I was all set to write about paragraphs and then I read this post on the topic. Rather than rehash what Mike Blankenship so eloquently said, I’ll sum it up for you below... In brief, Mike says long paragraphs don’t work in digital. Instead, you need… Continue reading 3 New Rules for Writing Paragraphs in an Online World