Faster writing – How structure and planning help

Structuring your writing, in advance, can save you so much time.  Several hours’ work, several drafts, and several sleepless nights.   It’s not just me saying this. This month I ran two training courses in writing skills for clients in London – in ‘Report Writing’ and ‘Everything You Need to Know about Copywriting’.  As in all my training courses, at the end of the day I asked delegates what were the most useful things they had learnt,...

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Writing tips for new authors

Using a social media group, and a thread I started in October 2013 which got over 200 replies (Yes, over 200 replies – which shows the value of Social Media!) …  here is their advice …  ‘What’s your ONE writing tip for would-be authors?’, I asked them.   They said: Their TOP SIX suggestions for you: Writing is HARD WORK … so be prepared…but PERSEVERE (no author ever regrets publishing a book) REWRITE and EDIT your...

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Writing longer documents – 5 tips

Don’t be afraid of writing longer documents like books… in many ways they are just a series of short, well-written documents. Read my 15 tips, summarised under these headings: You CAN do it Be sure to plan and structure your work Make the  writing process easy – and enjoyable! Ensure as much of your writing as possible is GOOD Running out of stamina?  Let’s finish the job.    You can do it…  1)        Use a theme, eg...

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Writing a business book – Some benefits

Recession, what recession? More and more people are self-publishing books, not just on familiar topics like fiction, family history and children’s books, but also business books. “Business books work very well for consultants and others – they can raise their profile and enhance their brand,” says Richard Burton, co-director of the publishers Infinite Ideas Ltd. Despite the recession, he says the market for business books is “more buoyant...

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Why write a book? – The business benefits

WRITING A BOOK is a great way to grow your business. To some this may sound a whaky idea, to others it’s a ‘MUST DO’. For those in doubt, have patience and allow me to explain. First, let’s debunk three myths… A business book DOESN’T have to be long… you DON’T have to be a great writer … I bet you ALREADY HAVE half a book written in notes and other material. Of course there are challenges to writing a book. But, like any large...

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Writing longer documents – 10 ways to finish

You can do it 1.) There is no need be afraid of writing longer documents – they are a series of well-written short documents. But use a theme, eg conveyed through the headings, to provide a coherent whole. 2.) And you don’t have to be a great writer to write a book – you are not aiming to write a literary work, or the biggest seller ever. If you have passion for your subject it will show through in your writing, and that will make it an...

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