Eat your greens! For many people, that means eating foods that they don’t enjoy, but which are good for them. In the writing world, I think a comparable challenge is proofreading your text and checking on fine points of grammar. Here are some steps I suggest to help you eat your metaphorical greens. 1. Finish […]
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Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading. Believe it or not, this mistake appeared on the AP Stylebook website. I imagined that website would have a rigorous proofreading process. The moral of the […]
My clients always strive to improve. That makes me face a word usage challenge. What’s the difference between “continuous” and “continual”? I thought about this when reading Harold Evans’ Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters. Here’s what he wrote: “Continual interruptions” says it all, meaning the speaker resumed his argument after the interruption. […]
Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. (Sorry the type is so small. If you’re on a PC, try pressing CTRL + to enlarge the image. If you’re on a phone, perhaps you can rotate your screen.) I post these challenges to raise awareness of the […]
If you’re like me, you don’t achieve all of your goals. What can stop you from achieving your goal of writing a compelling investment white paper? I see that three main problems that derail people like you. 1. You don’t start your white paper Everybody is busy. Most people procrastinate about something. This is especially […]
Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.
A letter can be a great format for your financial blog. Writing a letter can help you tackle difficult topics or get a new perspective on an old topic. I’m not thinking about the kinds of letter you usually write. I don’t mean prospecting letters, quarterly reports, or requests for documentation. Instead, I am thinking […]
Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. If you follow the Investment Writing Facebook page, you know what I’ve been testing everyone’s proofreading skills since I introduced the concept on my blog in November 2011. I post an image, then challenge people to respond by identifying […]
Are you looking for tips to help you write or blog more frequently? Some of the tips from the “Work Well” chapter of Kate Hanley’s How to Be a Better Person may help. 1. Mono-task one thing a day This is one of my favorite tips. Hanley says: Multitasking is a fact of life and can […]
Totally original content doesn’t exist. Everyone is influenced by others. Your work is not diminished by giving credit to them. As Jeff Goins says in Real Artists Don’t Starve: …cite your sources, giving credit where credit is due. This won’t discredit you. It will likely endear you to your influences and your audience. What might citing […]
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