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Why Do People Choose to Use Long Words?

Why Do People Choose to Use Long Words?

Avoid the elaborate, the pretentious, the coy and the cute. Do not be tempted by a twenty-dollar word when there is a ten-center handy, ready and able. (Strunk and White) There’s no shortage of writing advice out there telling you to keep your writing simple, to use plain language, and to avoid jargon like the [...]

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Asking Questions For a Change: Free E-Book

Asking Questions For a Change: Free E-Book

Earlier this year I wrote a series of posts on how to ask better questions.  I’ve now edited the material into a free book that’s yours to take away and pass on to others: Asking Questions for a Change: How To Ask Purposeful Questions Asking Questions for a Change It’s… Continue reading

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Never Give Up: Interview with Lillie Ammann

Some of you might know Lillie Ammann who writes at “A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye”.  This is one of my favourite blog titles, because it captures Lillie’s character, skills and approach so well.  Although I tend to think of Lillie as first and foremost an editor (and the first person I’d turn to with [...]

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Responsible Writing: by Jon Swanson

This post was written by Jon Swanson from Levite Chronicles in response to the writing with responsibility theme.  It started as an e-mail response, but I wanted to share it with you here, and Jon kindly agreed. Here it is. Responsible writing means I cry first. I can make people cry. I can make people [...]

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10 More Insights Into Writing With Respect

Somehow or another it’s the last day of September already, which means it’s time to bring the theme of writing with respect to a close.  There are still a lot of ideas I’d like to explore based on the discussions we’ve had here… but I’ve run out of time to pick them up and develop [...]

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