• 7 Tips to Improve Your Business Writing

    Writing well is vitally important in any field you consider for your profession. Some people claim they are not good writers, but in order to be successful, you must be able to write well, and so it is something that you should continually work to improve. As writing is a craft, it’s an incredibly important communication skill. For 18 years, I’ve been a faculty member in the Department of Business Communication at Stevenson University where writing is one of our core fields of study. Writing meaningful, well-written material shows care, knowledge, and the capacity to put thoughts into words. Being able to clearly articulate ourselves is an asset to any…

  • The Art of Editing

    * * * * * I remember finding the copy editing course I took at Towson University grueling. It was a required course during my first master’s program in professional writing. It was tedious and tiring. My eyes grew weary, and eliminating words became a game to me. When the professor told us to get a piece down from 500 to 300 words, we had to do it, and the result had to be better than what we started with that day. Editing is not easy, my friends. It requires us step away a bit and consider the reader more than we consider ourselves and the prose we have written.…

  • 5 Writing Crutches You Can Eliminate for Clarity

    One of my favorite rules from Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style” is this one: OMIT NEEDLESS WORDS. I make it a goal in my writing to say things as succinctly as possible. Mark Twain’s great quote, “If you see an adverb, kill it,” is one of my favorite writing quotes of all time. In order to gain more clarity in your writing, I’ve come up with five things to strike immediately. Your writing will improve for having eliminated these crutches from your work. “Being that.” For example, whenever you write something like this: “Being that I am twenty-five years old, I decided to switch jobs. “Being that” has,…

  • William Zinsser’s Mad Wisdom

    “Few people realize how bad they write. Nobody has shown them how much excess or murkiness has crept into their style and how it obstructs what they are trying to say. If you give me an eight-page article and I tell you to cut it to four pages, you’ll howl and say it can’t be done. Then you’ll go home and do it, and it will be much better. After that comes the hard part: cutting it to three.”   —  William Zinsser, “On Writing Well” I don’t know this gentleman personally, but I sure wish I did. As a die-hard lover and endorser of all things E.B. White, especially…