Barbara McNichol Editorial- 6 Ways of BE-ing to Better Your Writing
I love to deliver succinct suggestions to help authors hone their
writing skills. Daily Writing Tips inspired me to put together these
6 ways of BE-ing to better your writing.
Use active (not passive) sentence structure whenever possible.
Write tight—no extraneous phrases or wobbly words.
Choose vivid verbs and accurate nouns; add adverbs and adjectives
Make sure the words match the meaning you intend.
Write, revise, and revise again. (When you can’t read it one more
time, have an eagle-eyed editor give it a fresh look.)
Use figures of speech to help your readers visualize your message but
(For examples of figures of speech—similes, metaphors, chiasmus, and
more—cl ick here and scroll down.)
BE mindful of these tips; post the list on your monitor where it will
BE seen often.
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Good writing demands correct punctuation. How frequently do you see
it messed up . . . often for lack of knowing what’s right?
When developing my writing workshops, I turned to Dee Dukehart of
Sandbox Communications who gave me permission to adapt her punctuation
guidelines. Thanks, Dee. We share them with you here.
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Strengthen Your Writing Under the Tucson Sun
Three recent Strengthen Your Writing workshops—and an other in
September—have got my motor running. So this August, I’m rolling out
two live sessions in Tucson, Arizona.
You have the option of attending a 3-hour morning session Friday,
August 17, 2012 or two 1.5-hour Tuesday evening sessions August 14 and 21, 2012.
Please join me in a fun, hands-on learning experience for improving
everything you write—from business letters to sensitive emails to blog
posts, articles, and all other written communications.
You’ll apply proven editing techniques to your own work as you learn
write a strong, persuasive message devoid of clutter
add “muscle” to your words without the “fluff”
plan and revise your work with speed and confidence
avoid wording mistakes that affect your credibility—and your
Plus, you’ll get acquainted with 10 Top Techniques—all guaranteed to
add power to your pen and polish to your product.
Is it time to invest in honing your writing skills? Don’t delay;
these August workshops are gaining traction. Email me today for
location, times, and fees.
Come with your pencil sharpened to capture essential skills you’ll
Chiastic Quotations About Writing
“Consciousness creates the writing; writing creates the
– Neale Donald Walsh
“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and
love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the
morning and write something you love, something to live for.”
– Ray Bradbury (Can you spot the chiasmus in this quotation?)
Please email me your favorite quotations about writing, words, and
Bravo Corner – A Great Team Effort!
What does it take to “launch” a speaker/author with a whole new look
I worked with MacGraphics Services, Rhoades-Baum Strategic Marketing,
and Lauren Graphics who produced a brand, marketing materials,
corporate ID package, book design, CD packaging, and website launch
for speaker/author John Hall.
Said Karen Saunders of MacGraphics, “It was a massive undertaking,
bringing together the skills and talents of ten team members into a
My part as editor of John’s book Do What You
Can seemed big, but it paled compared to the
entire effort. If you’re curious to see the whole
portfolio, go to http://macgraphics.net/blog/
P.S. I’ve had the honor of collaborating with
Karen Saunders and Patrice Rhoades-Baum since
we all worked in the corporate world 20+ years
ago. As a team, we still enjoy taking various parts
of the puzzle and putting them together, now in
the world of entrepreneurs.
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