“There are three rules for writing a novel,” W. Somerset Maugham once wrote. “Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are.”If I...
Updated: December 01, 2013, - 02:00 PM
Which is better: the active voice or the passive voice?Compare “I let go of the Cessna’s strut and prayed my...
Updated: November 17, 2013, - 02:00 PM
With this, my 900th column, I can’t help asking myself why I’ve stayed with it this long. If you’ve been...
Updated: November 03, 2013, - 02:00 PM
“As per your request, attached please find …”If you asked me to identify the most clichéd sentence in on-the-job writing,...
Updated: October 20, 2013, - 02:00 PM
Before you touch that keyboard, ask yourself whether your reader is sympathetic or hostile to your message. And then apply...
Updated: October 06, 2013, - 02:00 PM
Sometimes you can’t think of the word you need to express yourself precisely, as when you say, “His explanation is...
Updated: September 22, 2013, - 01:15 PM
How good are you at adapting your level of formality to your reader, subject, and occasion? For practice, divide the...
Updated: September 08, 2013, - 02:00 PM
I’m worried about my granddaughter. She’s 6 months old and hasn’t spoken, read or written her first word yet. I’m...
Updated: August 25, 2013, - 02:00 PM
If you want to avoid undermining your credibility, there’s two things to watch for in your writing: subjects and verbs.What...
Updated: August 11, 2013, - 02:00 PM