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

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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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3 visualizations to bring clarity to your copywriting

Graphic designers might be the masters of all things aesthetic, but copywriters think visually, too. The images in our heads just manifest themselves as words, sentences and paragraphs, rather than colors, lines and typefaces. I grew up drawing, painting, and exploring all things creative. At one point, my family encouraged me to pursue visual art […]

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Writing for a financial audience? 3 tips to nail the delivery

When it comes to creating impactful financial writing, subject matter expertise is a great start. Solid marketing chops and a well-crafted editorial plan help, too. But what about the content itself? Here are three quick tips to enhance your financial communications. Know your audience As fellow copywriter Dave Argentar wrote in his recent blog post, […]

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