November 20, 2017

The most expensive lesson in writing

I don’t remember when I first heard the expression “preparation is not production” but the failure to see the difference has been the most expensive writing mistake of my life.  It was a mistake that was chronic and mostly invisible. Even after I realized I was doing too much prep and not enough writing, I still found excuses – I actually […]

Why Stephen Fry gets it wrong on grammar

 If you’re interested in writing, this Stephen Fry video is worth 6 minutes of your time.  First of all, there’s the amazing musicality of the audio. Injecting music into your writing is a powerful writing technique – as I have argued  – and I think Fry proves the point. By the time you’ve listened through, you’ve […]

How to make your writing more distinctive

Distinctiveness is as important to your personal or corporate brand as design or presentation, yet the skill of written distinctivenss is widely ignored. Today I have a solution for you.

Writing techniques: Episode #1

In this first podcast on remarkable writing techniques, I look at 4 things: 1. (Begins at 4:00 mins.) A simple but powerful writing technique that gets people to read and keep reading anything you write: How to create anticipation and suspense in your writing. 2. (Begins at 18:00 mins.) Why writing in recent years has become a […]

Lead like a novelist

 I once attended a lecture on how to write a novel. They woman said something like, “Your work must introduce the reader to a world of flesh and blood characters, individuals who face daunting obstacles. These characters should grow from the struggle and triumph in the end”. Too true. That’s certainly how my, erm, novels would […]