How to Repurpose Content into Different Formats

What is content repurposing? Content repurposing is creating modular content that you can modify into different formats. For example, one hub article could create several spokes articles if repurposed correctly. But it is not copy and pasting or spinning articles to create low-quality articles. If done right, it allows you write many interrelated articles very quickly. It […]

How to Start Writing REST or Web API Documentation

Let’s say you’ve been asked to document a set of REST or Web APIs, a new area for you. Where do you start? At first this can seem overwhelming. So many new acronyms, terms, jargon, and pieces to fit together. Here’s a suggested approach. Focus on a specific api,  for example, REST. Ignore the temptation […]

How To Increase the Number of Words You Can Type Per Minute

My friend PM wants to go into freelance writing. I think it can work for him. He’s determined, has a nice writing style, and knows how to hustle for work. But typing is a problem. It’s that simple. He pecks and pecks at the keyboard. Last weekend, his house he showed me some gizmos, ‘hacks’, […]

How to Write Steps for Procedure Manuals

Should you use action verbs when writing your procedures, for example, click, run, open, or use different phrasing? A lot of this has to do with your reader. Or to be more precise what the reader is doing WHEN they are reading your procedure. Imagine for a second that the reader has printed out your […]

How to Design Technical Diagrams (Visio)

Is that ready yet? I need that right now? Sound familiar? In this tutorial, we look at how to cope with that terrible feeling of being overwhelmed at work and not knowing where to start. If you feel overwhelmed when you sit down and try to create a workflow diagram, it’s probably because you’re trying […]

How to write first thing in the morning

My wee brain is very slow to start in the mornings. Typing is not easy. Neither is thinking. Video – Daily Writing Routine Warm Up Writing Exercises So, how do you start to write first thing in the morning. Here’s a few ways: Decide on a specific target, say 100 words. Identify the topic the […]

Jane Austen – My Favorite Quotes

Maybe you think Jane Austen is hard to read. She’s not. Here’s an example of her writing. Most are from Persuasion. “Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.” “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be […]

Students – how to overcome writer’s block

If you find yourself struggling to write your term paper, prepare a report, or some other writing assignment, the following might help. Here’s the problem. When we think about writer’s block, we tend to focus on the actual writing. How can I write more words, how can I write faster, and, of course, how can […]

Are you a web writer or a blogger?

Do you consider yourself a web writer or a blogger? Is there even any difference? I suspect for most people it means that same thing, but I’m not so sure. I asked a blogger here in Dublin if he saw himself as a writer who blogs, a writer, or a web writer? Or was I […]

How to start writing your first executive summary

Feeling stuck? Can’t start your executive summary? Clock is tick, tick, ticking? They say you should write your executive summary AFTER you’ve written the entire document. I’m not sure about this. Why? If you do, there’s the risk that you’ll run out of time, get flustered, and rush through it — just to get something […]

Are you making these two proof-reading mistakes?

Proof-reading. A bit like flossing your teeth, isn’t it? You know it’s good for you, you know you should do it, but you still don’t want to do it. Why is proofreading so hard? I think it’s the approach we take. For example, if you leave the proof-reading to the very end, you’ll probably be […]

How to create a practical document review checklist

One of the problems of reviewing a document online is that you need a common set of guidelines. In theory a style guide should do this but I often find that people tend to avoid them. They’re too much work. A more practical approach is to create a checklist of the most important things they […]

Should CEOs learn Latin?

Should you learn a dead language? Isn’t there more important things to do? The short answer is Yes. Well, maybe. Actually, No. You really should start learning Latin and here’s why. The Spectator summarising one influential American study carried out in the state of Iowa: “In 1971, more than 4,000 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade pupils of […]

How to start a career as a white paper writer

Want to get started as a white paper writer? It mightn’t be as hard as you think. If you have good (not necessarily perfect) writing skills, in-depth knowledge of a product, service, or industry, and have the right attitude, then maybe you should consider writing white papers to earn extra income. Due to the recession […]

How to improve the subject line of an email

First, think of the response you want from the reader. Second, put the most important point at the start. Third, highlight one thing only. The problem with most subject lines in emails is that they’re written either: As a placeholder, something to put in while you write the actual email After the email is written […]