Detox your Documents: Put Your Words on a Diet

Goethe once wrote to a friend, “If I had more time, I’d have sent you a shorter letter.” Here’s why.

Double Your Words. Double Your Salary

Do you make money from writing? I mean any type of writing? Business writing, proposal writing, technical writing? If you do, you probably get paid by output. The more you produce, the more you earn, right? If you do, here are some ways I write more words per day. My aim isn’t to win the Nobel prize for literature. I make money writing words. That’s it. I type all day long. The more I type, the more money I make. Real simple.

12 (little known) web writing tips

Want to improve your web writing skills? This short tutorial will 1) help you break old writing habits that don’t work on the web and 2) show you how to develop a writing style that’s more ‘natural’ for blogging. Breaking bad writing habits Ok, this is a bit harsh but what I want to do […]

6 Differences Between Web Writing and Blogging

She said she was a web writer and not a blogger. What’s the difference?, I asked. Web writing is structured. Has a start, middle, and end. Blogging is often snippets, fragments, and less formal. Web writing is part of a larger process. For example, she writes a series of online articles that will feed into […]

How can I improve my grammar… without hardly trying?

Like to improve your grammar? Who wouldn’t. We’ve all been caught out by the grammar police. That terrible smile when they remind you of your mixed tenses, clumsy constructions, and split infinitives. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a real understanding of grammar? How to improve your grammar As someone who’s struggled with dyslexia through […]

How to Write Microcontent

What’s the difference between writing for the web and writing for a magazine? There’s at least five main differences. Two of the most critical relate to scanning and heatmaps. Why readers scan (not read) webpages? On the web, we scan pages, posts, and tweets. We don’t read every line word by word, unless the writer […]

How To Mind Your Grammar On The Web

Ben Parr (Mashable) asks: “Say your project manager comes to you with his proposal that will be going out to investors, business partners, and potential clients. Then you find that your manager has used “4” instead of “four”, “r” instead of “are”, and abbreviations such as lol, atm, and idk. How would you react? “

Writing a Style Guide: What you need to know

In publishing and media companies, use of a style guide is the norm. However, style guides can also be useful for any organization that prepares documents for clients and the public. This article is for organizations outside of the publishing industry who can benefit from the introduction of a style guide.