First Drafts Shouldn’t be the Final

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Writers sometimes anguish over their first drafts, because initial versions are always rough. Anyone who has moved into a house or an apartment knows that you usually are concerned with simply getting the boxes and furniture into the new home; you will deal with putting everything in its place later. Similarly, in writing, a draft is… Read more »

2 Reasons Good Grammar Matters: 2 Ways to Improve

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“Grammar, grammar, who cares?” business professionals sometimes mumble. Well, you would be surprised at how many people do care, even those who are not writers. Don Ranley’s article on www.Ragan.com, titled “Seven Myths about Grammar,” touches on a few important points. Grammar and punctuation are important because they serve as the “cement” that holds the bricks together. It… Read more »

Writing Criticism: Negative Feedback can be Helpful

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People take writing criticism personally, but negative feedback can be helpful by focusing on what you need to work on.   Because writing is personal expression, people are sensitive to criticism, so they won’t ask others to read their work, and they often avoid going to writing workshops or reading books to improve their writing…. Read more »

How to Be a Coaching Editor and Help Writers Develop

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A business manager who wants to get the most out of her writers should be a coaching editor who builds a collaborative relationship. Managers might not think of themselves as editors, but they are, given that they oversee the written content that their team produces. And the best editors, even those who are not managers,… Read more »

Think Like a Writer AND an Editor

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The writing craft requires that you think like both a writer and an editor because at the end of the drafting process, the two tasks are intertwined. Writing has three phases: drafting, revising, where you make changes and rewrite, and then editing. Many people think revising is editing, but there is a slight distinction. When… Read more »