August 20, 2014

A different way to learn writing

I’m here to help you make quick progress in your writing skills through an approach that I call remarkable writing techniques.

Remarkable writing techniques are the product of 25 years of language teaching and of entrepreneurship.

I understand the obstacles that exist for the busy individual but I see the impact that good writing can have on real life.

In response, I’ve developed an approach to help you make real progress in a dramatic way and through a unique method.

 

Return on your time investment

I know that you are a man/woman of action. I know you want a good return on your time investment. I know you need the content delivered efficiently.  And I know that you want inspiring content that helps you grow professionally.

Millions of us now rely on writing at work. Yet very few of us ever learned to write effectively, and certainly not for the needs of the creative economy. We learned writing through abstract means and for abstract reasons– through grammar and a to z courses that were designed around academic tests. We didn’t learn writing in ways that enable creativity and effectiveness in real life. We didn’t learn to use writing to move or connect, to inspire or to build a personal brand. And we never learned methods that yielded viable results.

 

The benefits of good writing

But connecting, inspiring, and branding are the cornerstones of entrepreneurship, of leadership, of self-determination in these times. No entrepreneur or leader can do without written communication. No artist, no solopreneur, no man/woman of action can ignore the need to affect the world around us.

In fact, the benefits of writing go far beyond the practical, professional ones. Writing is one of the most liberating as well as practical things you can do. It is a key to, not just to professional improvement, but to personal growth. It has inherent benefits. It’s a good thing to do for its own sake. It helps you grow, and sometimes even transform.

I believe that every educated person should know how to distinguish good writing from bad. It’s just the way it should be. Every one of us should know should have an appreciation for a great piece of writing when we see it. Then we need to able to learn from that.

That goal is absolutely achievable. But it is clear that the traditional approach has failed on this count as well.

I believe it’s time to hack how writing is traditionally taught/learned.

 

What I do differently

 

Here are some characteristics of the remarkable learning approach:

 - I select and clarify the very best techniques from the very best writers. The techniques have the highest pedigree.

-I isolate and simplify them so that anyone can understand them.

- I present these techniques in web and mobile formats – in blog posts, video, and podcasts, so that you can consume them efficiently and at any time.

- I format lessons in small, manageable chunks with plenty of examples and clarifications that do not require grammar.

- I choose items from what works in real writing – not from the theory – and on what will have the most impact. You see proof of the techniques in action in real books and articles.

-I put control into your hands: You choose from where you want to focus

-It’s all free. [If you’d like to buy some of my products, I have some for sale.]

 

 The method (in brief)

Remarkable writing began for me with a single observation: We’re surrounded by great writing that we should be able to learn from. That’s the system I’ve tried to develop. Over time I will help you develop that capacity so that your learning becomes lifelong and never-ending. Once you learn the methods, your writing will continue to improve indefinitely.

For a detailed description of the method go here, but in essence, remarkable writing is about identifying good writing techniques and importing them into your own repertoire. That’s it.

Quality reading is essential. Whether it’s high literature or a popular magazine, you can learn from it. Some examples:

 -I’ll show you how reading crime and mystery reveals the hidden techniques behind tension and suspense. These are phenomenally useful tools for keeping readers interested, engaged, on edge.

 - From magazine articles you will learn how to illustrate your arguments and provide the evidence that backs up your assertions. This makes for vigorous, persuasive prose.

 - From fiction you will learn the power of human interest –readers always, always want to read about other people. I’ll show you how tio wrote about people.

 None of the techniques are difficult to adopt. You just have to see how they work.

 

There’s more

And there are plenty of highly specific techniques, too. You will, for example, learn to write concrete prose and avoid the disease of abstraction that affects so many college graduates. You will learn also to use strong verbs and master them in anything you write. You will learn the meaning of ‘voice’ and why it’s crucial to blogging and social media. You will learn style and simplification and how to write lively prose, again by seeing how the masters do it – skills that apply to e-books, writing reports, pdfs, web copy, and so on.

 

The Big 100

There are endless and endlessly fascinating techniques from rhetoric, from the discourse modes, from logic, and from the techniques of persuasiveness that good writers master. And you can learn them.

Any one of these techniques could potentially transform your writing. But I’ve uncovered over 100 techniques that can transform and bring dramatic improvement to your writing asap. These are relatively easily learned but yield a high return on the time you invest in them.

 

So, here’s the deal

My job is to identify and isolate the most remarkable of these writing techniques and take them from the very best writers that I can find. Then I use my 25 years of teaching experience to simplify, explain, and present them to you in a manageable way.

I want each technique to be as plain as possible. So, I give you concrete examples as well as summaries. After many years as a teacher/entrepreneur I can tell you which techniques are effective and which ones are not. I can tell you the techniques that will most affect your reports, pdfs, sales copy, e-books and make them do what they’re supposed to do – to get results. I make all of this explicit and manageable and clear. That’s my task.

 

Your task

Your task is to import and apply the techniques, quickly and effectively. For this task I will offer guidance throughout the site.

So, choose the techniques that you know and feel have relevance to your writing, relevance to what you want to achieve. Take possession of the techniques. Study them. Apply them. The techniques are explicit, laid out before you, and all stated briefly. All you have to do is choose the most relevant and get started.

 

Ken Carroll

 

 

 

 

 

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    Comments

    1. Michael Butler says:

      Nice one Ken. I think this is a fantastic idea. It sounds like you have put together a system that people can follow fairly easily!

    2. Ken Carroll says:

      Hey Michael,

      Great to hear from you. It’s very encouraging to hear from someone as experienced and discerning as yourself. We’ve had some great discussions in the past. I look forward to some more.

      Ken

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