Archive: Effective Writing

Revising: the Essential Step in the Writing Process

Good writing is created in steps, and the most important one often is neglected because hurried writers want to make the first draft the final draft. The writing process involves organizing ideas, drafting, revising, and editing, and it is in the revising phase that...

Clear Writing: Giving Readers Immediate Understanding

A sentence can be unclear for numerous reasons.  Here are four common mistakes: Word choice – This could mean using technical language or trendy buzzwords, but many times writers use everyday words and still provide a blurry picture: a virtual knowledge transfer...

Evolution of Words: One and One Can Make One

When you say pronounce some terms, they sound as if they are one word, and some are but others are not. Some are two words and some are two words with a hyphen, Why the variation? It is how words naturally evolve. The English language allows for what is called free...

Influencing Your Audience: Ask People for their Plan

When a manager wants to motivate an employee to reach her goals, it isn’t enough to simply encourage her. Instead, ask her to explain how she intends to do it. Prodding someone to explain how they intend to follow through is good for converting intentions into...