Monthly Archives: March 2011

Grabbing the attention of disinterested audiences

I was talking last week to our local school Principal about the difficulties that the school faces in communicating with parents. The Principal often receives complaints from parents that they don’t know what is happening – whether it’s a special activity at the school, some type of social function, or a request for a form […]

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Success with email

This month in The Writing Circle, we’ve been talking about email – about our email successes and failures, and about our likes and dislikes. One theme that came through very strongly is the speed with which emails are read and acted upon, and the problems this can create for both writers and readers. We talked […]

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Versus, verse, versing

I’m fascinated by the way that language changes. And while it’s often tempting to speak out against the ‘incorrect’ use of language, most often the force for change is so strong that we can do little more than take note. Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed that the words used by children to […]

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When (and how) to end

Ending a document (or a chapter or a section) can be troublesome. How do you tie all the ideas together and come to some conclusion? How do you give readers a sense that the document is coming to a close? And then there are questions about the placement of ideas. … Is this the best place for […]

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Sound structure = sound document core

As a writer and editor, I spend a lot of time thinking about the structure of documents. A poorly structured document can create so many problems for readers … ideas that belong together may not be presented together, ideas may not be introduced in a logical order, and important concepts may be explained in the wrong place. […]

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