Archive: effective writing

Puzzling Pairs: Words that Confuse Writers

Puzzling Pairs: Words that Confuse Writers

English has many troublesome pairs that often perplex writers, because many words in English are similar to others but are not synonyms. Here are some “twins” that often leave a writer wondering which one is appropriate and why. i.e. and e.g. — Using...
The Only Five Ways to Organize Your Writing

The Only Five Ways to Organize Your Writing

You might be scratching your head as you try to arrange your topics before starting to write, but you only have five ways to organize information. Many business communications professionals don’t invest much time, if any, in organizing. They assume that as long...
Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style,” for 60 years a bible of good writing for many students and adults, is still valuable but has some “cockamamie advice,” says famed linguist Steven Pinker. In an essay titled Writing in the 21st...
The First Draft is Just That: a Draft

The First Draft is Just That: a Draft

Instead of straining to write the first version of a communication, just relax and write; that’s what a draft is for. If you ever moved into a house or an apartment, you know that your initial concern is simply getting the boxes and furniture into the new...