Tips for efficient, effective content feedback

writing feedback

Last year, we posted about giving good design feedback. Several of the tips – like being direct and providing examples – also apply when you’re sharing feedback about content. Here are a few more ideas that will help writers ensure the final product hits the mark. In my experience, these techniques are highly effective and […]

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Content creation: 4 questions to set the stage for success

create content

When a client gives you the green light to create content, it can be tempting to jump in and start writing immediately. You can shield yourself from stress if you take a quick minute to nail down answers to four key questions. These questions are so important that you probably aren’t ready to start drafting […]

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Why learning to “right” ‘gorgeous’ sentences isn’t enough

learning grammar fundamentals

Students who can’t write complete sentences deserve a hall pass, according to teachers who were interviewed for an Aug. 2, 2017, article in The New York Times. “A Wakeup Call on Writing Instruction (Now, What’s an Adverb?)” suggests that learning grammar fundamentals stifles creativity. The Snapchat generation is woefully lacking in grammar basics. Three-quarters of […]

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‘Knowledgeable, yet approachable’: 5 tips for navigating financial writing

financial writing style

I’m often asked to write about financial topics in a style summarized as “knowledgeable, yet approachable.” With this style, I’m typically targeting smart readers who want to glean a few bite-size takeaways. They’re turned off by dry, academic work, and habitually click away from dumbed-down articles. If this were a sartorial style, I would think […]

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Copywriting versus content writing: what’s the difference?

With the emergence of content marketing, savvy business owners, executives and marketing directors know they need quality writing to help drive their marketing efforts. What many of them don’t realize, however, is that there are different types of marketing writing. Copywriting and content writing are not synonymous. They frequently cross paths, but the goals in […]

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Zap flab from your marketing and win more readers

Let’s face it: Most of us could stand to lose 10 pounds. We eat salad for lunch, give up junk food and re-up our gym membership. We resign ourselves to fewer calories and more exercise. We sweat. And sweat some more. Our muscles protest in agony, but we keep going. Fast-food commercials taunt us, but […]

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10 reasons to appreciate a kick-ass editor

Everyone needs an outstanding editor. Even those writers who have years of experience and the skills to match need fresh eyes on their copy. Great editors find and question holes, ensure stories flow logically, make dull copy shine, trim flab, erase errors, and work with writers to help them improve. For many writers, the devil […]

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Who do you think you are?

When I was in fourth grade, our teacher tasked us with writing our “autobiographies.” Given that a compelling and lengthy personal narrative is a rarity among 9-year-olds, she also told us to write a chapter about what we thought our futures would hold. I wrote that “I will be a linebacker for the Chicago Bears […]

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