Archives for April 2015

How long should a blog post be?

Bloggers want to know: how long should my blog posts be? Sorry, but there simply is no right answer to that question.

Two things happened yesterday.

First, I published a short post for the Chamber of Commerce on how business writing should be short. Here is an excerpt from my article:

That’s how your business writing should be: concise and to the point. Sure, make it chatting and personable, if you like. Business writing doesn’t have to sound formal. But there is no need to throw in a whole lot of extra words. Offer less, but they get more. Not more words, but more value – like the 100-calorie Kit Kat bars.

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Is cursive writing for dinosaurs?

Cursive writing has been banned in Finland.  OK, that sounds like hyperbole, but let’s just say that the days of cursive writing are starting to look numbered.

I was asked to take a writing test the other day. I pulled out my laptop, but I was stopped. “No technology,” I was told. A few minutes later, the pain in my hand reminded me why I love keyboards, even though I am a two-finger typist. Writing has been replaced by typing for most of us. My hand cramps if I try to write for more than a minute with a pen, because the handwriting muscles have atrophied! [Read more…]

The Best Worst Thing That Ever Happened

Every hero faces that moment when they are cursed – The Worst Possible Thing happens. It is upon the ruins of that curse that the hero can burst out in triumph!

“This is the worst day of my life.”

So says your main character, or a key character, at a critical moment.

“I’ll never get out of this.”

Same character says this.

“I am undone!” [Read more…]

New Nigerian scam targets writers

A new Nigerian scam targets writers. Here is how to recognize it, even if they say they’re from Ghana. Or Vietnam. Or Finland.

If you get an email from Nigeria, it’s a scam, right?  Not necessarily.  Nigeria is a big country – 173 million people, most of them real and honest.  And the “Nigerian scam” is so famous by now, that anybody trying to pull a scam would make sure NOT to say they are from Nigeria, right? [Read more…]