Remove the fat

This post from econsultancy is about writing copy for websites, but the advice is good for most writers. We’ve long since moved beyond the complex, compound sentences of the 19th century. But many of us could still pare words from sentences. These tips show how. Nine surprisingly lengthy tips for cutting and editing your copyContinue reading “Remove the fat”

First consider

With the discovery of a lost Harper Lee manuscript, writers are talking about what to do with a first manuscript. At Writing the Novel, an author panel organized by WNIJ public radio at Northern Illinois University, the topic came up. (Another session is scheduled Feb. 18; check here for details.) While the stories of theContinue reading “First consider”

Yes, there’s caffeine involved

OK, you passed the first step. Now you have a deadline to meet and for some reason you haven’t been able to polish up the article or chapter that’s due … tomorrow. If you really have to work all night, here are some tips for pulling it off. What’s the Best Way to Pull anContinue reading “Yes, there’s caffeine involved”

I write the body electric

With apologies to Walt Whitman, it’s safe to say learning how to read body language certainly can help to write body language more effectively. Here are a few hints. How to Read  Body Language More Effectively