Tag Archives: writing

  1. Always the last to know

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    September 29, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    If you looked at everything I’ve posted about writing, you’d think Annie Dillard and I were good friends. I quote …
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  2. Where to begin…Fahrenheit 451

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    August 20, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    A little bit of tension, and we’re hooked at page one. From Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury: It was a …
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  3. Where to begin…The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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    June 15, 2016 by bradcharlesbeals

    Can the narrative mode work better at description than the descriptive mode itself? The opening to Ron Hansen’s bestseller says, …
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  4. 6 places where FAT likes to hide: OR the hardest thing about writing

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    March 20, 2014 by bradcharlesbeals

    Extra words don’t make better writers any more than extra fat makes better people. But as my students and clients …
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  5. To be a better writer, become a better reader

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    September 2, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    To get better at writing, a writer needs to read, and read a lot. But not just anything. And not …
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  6. 7 ways to improve business writing

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    July 5, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    Clarity Be clear. It’s the goal of all honest communication. Don’t use 4 words, when 3 will do. Don’t use …
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  7. Value props or zero-content filler?

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    May 21, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    When we write about ourselves–our businesses, our companies, our communities–we can’t help but write from our own affections. But there’s …
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  8. I am not creative. And what a relief.

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    May 18, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    You are not creative*. Sorry. And neither am I. Nothing comes from our heads ex nihilo, out of nothing. The …
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  9. Rock Band Names from Emily Dickinson

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    March 13, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    Years ago when my wife and I went a’courtin, I bought her a collection of Emily Dickinson poetry. If she …
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  10. Why Write? to meet a NEED

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    February 1, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    I’m going to change gears for a stretch. Over the past few years I’ve written almost a quarter million words …
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