Category: Powerful Writing

Proclaim Good News … It Has Market Value!

What do these have in common: Patty Andrews, a young Air Force chorus, a strategic communications campaign, and influential writing? Read on! Proclaim good news … widely. Success stories, such as those depicted in the bullets below and the one portrayed in the photo of Maxine Andrews and young Air Force troops, have tremendous market…


Power of the Pen and … Birth of America

Powerful words not only change lives, they also built a nation… ours. Patriots galvanized public opinion with influential writing. Take a minute … see how the [quill] pen was more powerful than that proverbial sword. “You say you want a revolution? Then get yourself a front man, a rock star, and a phrase-maker who can…


Double Tap Writing — Recognize and Avoid

I developed another “mini” technique I’d like to share, “double tap.” This form of sloppy writing comes in two varieties; writers should avoid both. The first relates to verbs. We often write as we speak (something else to avoid) … “We met to discuss the plans for next week.” This exemplifies the “double tap” verb…


Teaching teens “College Applications: Essays that Open Doors”

Amazing night in Montclair! 40 … yes, 40 teens and assorted parents attended my workshop, “Write to Influence! – College Essays that Open Doors.” Atmosphere — electric. Interchange – dynamic. Audience – engaged. Ended with rousing applause. When I asked, “Did this help?” … Walls reverberated with, “Yes!” Don’t just accept my assessment … please,…


Inspiration at Yosemite — An “AH-Ha” Moment about Writing

I compose this blog for authors of fiction who spin tales of horror, humor, suspense, romance, and more,  enabling us to escape the concerns of our daily lives … for just a bit. For that – this nonfiction author thanks you! Backdrop to this story: This year, I took my daughter and her newborn son…


Visit “Write to Influence!” — And Its Author — at Local Book Fair

                    My, how this journey has progressed! Two years ago, I visited the local author fair … Great Writers, Right Here  … sponsored by The Fauquier County Public Library with the generous support of The Friends of the Fauquier Library. I recall vividly, the desire to be…


At Last!  Dilemma Resolved … “That” or “Which”

This is the first time I’ve leveraged another expert’s wisdom in my blog – so huge shout out to Stacey Aaronson (stacey@thebookdoctorisin.com). I credit what follows below to Stacey. The determination of using “that” or “which” is governed by restrictive vs. non-restrictive relative clauses. Read on … it’s easy. Restrictive Relative Clause Words following “that” are restricted…


“Why can’t college graduates write coherent prose?”

Sharing a paragraph from this spot-on article by Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post …  August 11, 2017 “My students can’t write a clear sentence to save their lives, and I’ve had it,” Joseph R. Teller, an English professor at College of the Sequoias, wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education in the fall. “In 10 years…


“What advice do you have for an aspiring author?”

I was recently asked this question but chose to revise to, “What advice do I offer everyone?” Each individual entering the professional world – in almost any occupation – needs to be a skilled story teller. Whenever you communicate, e.g., government official testifying to Congress, lawyer addressing a jury, writing input for your annual appraisal…


“Write to Influence!” in a Competitive World

Why You Need a Staff That Can … Write  Retain and develop in-house talent – Compose powerful, effective appraisals Compete in large-scale award programs – Win accolades and recognition for your company and people Broadcast and leverage good news – Trumpet effectively via articles, blogs, etc. Defend the boss’ signature/reputation—Only quality products bear his/her name…