One of the reasons I chose Lynn’s Business Writing blog for the New Year’s Resolution: Learn how to write series is because I have her in my bloglines so I’m familiar. The other is due to her post, New Year’s Resolutions–More or Less. Most New Year’s resolutions have to do with more and less.
So very true. Some of her suggestions apply to my situation, some don’t. I made note of the below for future reference.
2. Write less. Cut your documents by 10 percent.
One of my problems is that I put way too much in my emails. Learning how to trim will save myself and the recipients valuable time. If anyone has tips on cutting the fluff, please share.
3. Be more understanding and empathetic, and communicate those feelings in your writing.
Valuable advice which I’m trying to bring into my writing. Problem is, when I cut out fluff empathy is the first to go. Practice, I know.
4. Plan more.
This suggestion has been on my mind since reading Patsi’s post, Writing Better Articles: 10 Steps.
9. Guess less.
I’m pretty awful when it comes to hyphens and all, so I now depend on New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors: The Essential A-Z Guide to the Written Word, which sits right here beside me on the couch. (It’s a new purchase so I have a ways to go before I’m proficient).
As with exercise, don’t overdo it. Pick just one of these suggestions and try it–today. Thanks Lynn, I’ll give it a try on Monday — ‘the’ day when all of this starts for real.
About Business Writing:
- To share ideas, resources, and tips on business writing
- To write regularly on the delights and heights of business communication
- To quash bad writing habits that linger in the cubicles of 21st-century organizations
- To have fun
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Business Writing is by: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston
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