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Opinion | The Whistle-Blower’s Guide to Writing
Sept. 27, 2019 | The New York Times | By Jane Rosenzweig. Ms. Rosenzweig is the director of the Writing Center at Harvard.
active_voice  best_of  brevity  clarity  complaints  concision  focus  high-quality  howto  impeachment  intelligence_analysts  memoranda  persuasion  presentations  purpose  self-organization  topic_sentences  writing  whistleblowing 
september 2019 by jerryking
Toni Morrison Taught Me How to Think
Aug. 7, 2019 | The New York Times | By Wesley Morris.

You need to be able to read to be able to read. Especially if Toni Morrison did the writing. [because Toni Morrison's writings demanded much of the reader as her evocative words painted a rich context and vivid imagery.......She was going to make us [you, the reader] work, not as a task, not for medicine, but because writing is an art and a reader should have a little art of his own.....Reading a Toni Morrison novel was group therapy. My aunts, my mother and her friends would tackle “Beloved” in sections then get on the phone to run things by one another......They admired the stew of a Morrison novel, the elegant density of its language — the tapestry of a hundred-word sentence, the finger snap of a lone word followed by a period, the staggering depictions of lust, death, hair care, lost limbs, baking and ghosts. Morrison made her audiences conversant in her — the metaphors of trauma, the melodramas of psychology. She made them hungry for more stew: ornate, disobedient, eerie literary inventions about black women, often with nary a white person of any significance in sight. The women in my family were reading a black woman imagining black women, their wants, their warts, how the omnipresence of this country’s history can make itself known on any old Thursday.....A life spent savoring Toni Morrison, both as a novelist and a scalding, scaldingly moral literary critic, makes clear that almost no one has better opening sentences......This is all to say that Toni Morrison didn’t teach me how to read. But she did teach me how to read. Hers is the kind of writing that makes you rewind and slow down and ruminate. It’s the kind of writing that makes you rewind because, god, what you just read was that titanic, that perception-altering, that true, a spice on the tongue. .......Morrison is dead now, her legend long secure. But what comedy to think how the writers and critics who loved her labored to get her mastery treated as majesty when she’s so evidently supreme. .....She did for generations of writers what Martin Scorsese did for generations of filmmakers — jolt them, for better and worse, into purpose. Morrison didn’t make me a writer, exactly. What she made me was a thinker. She made the thinking seem uniquely crucial to the matter of being alive......I have now by my bed is some novel by Toni Morrison, whether or not I’m reading it. A night light for my soul. And, in every way, a Good Book.
African-Americans  authors  books  craftsmanship  critical_thinking  howto  novelists  novels  obituaries  purpose  reading  Slow_Movement  soul-enriching  Toni_Morrison  tributes  women  writers  writing 
august 2019 by jerryking
Barbara Gardner Proctor Became a Role Model for African-American Women
Jan. 25, 2019 | WSJ | By James R. Hagerty.

Barbara Gardner Proctor applied for a Small Business Administration loan to start an advertising firm in 1970, she was asked what her collateral was. “Me,” she replied. That turned out to be solid backing for the loan. Her Chicago-based firm, Proctor & Gardner Advertising Inc., lasted for 25 years and worked for clients including Kraft Foods and Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Though the firm never had more than a couple dozen employees, she became a role model for African-American women staking out positions of influence.
advertising  advertising_agencies  African-Americans  Barbara_Proctor  public_relations  trailblazers  women  Chicago  concision  writing  obituaries 
january 2019 by jerryking
The Wordsmith Shares His Craft - WSJ
By Edward Kosner
May 17, 2017


By Harold Evans
Little, Brown, 408 pages, $27

Mr. Evans introduces a crisp curriculum of do’s and don’ts for the aspiring clear writer. He counsels the active voice over the passive, the parsimonious use of adjectives and the near banishment of adverbs. (Not as easily practiced as preached.) He also urges writers to cut fat, check their math, be specific, organize their material for clarity, accentuate the positive and never be boring.
active_voice  books  book_reviews  clarity  editors  parsimony  self-organization  words  wordsmiths  writing 
may 2017 by jerryking
The Money Letter That Every Parent Should Write - The New York Times

"....consider the old-fashioned letter. It’s long enough to tell some tales to bolster your advice, and if it’s written with enough soul, there’s a good chance the recipient will keep it for a long time. Plus, it’s a literal conversation piece, since the good letters will inspire more curiosity about how the writers oversee their own financial affairs....A good letter, according to Ms. Palmer, should include at least one story about a large financial challenge and another one about a big money triumph. Then, include a list of crucial habits and the tangible things they have helped the family achieve.

HEED YOUR IGNORANCE Quite often, the best stories and takeaways come from the biggest mistakes.
BEWARE OF GENIUS: Don’t trust the person who claims to be omniscient either.
STICK TO YOUR SELLING PLANS We can be blinded by flattery from the seats of power,” “Be aware of this in your business lives.” Selling something that is still valuable is the hardest part of any trade, he added. So if you can’t name three good reasons to continue owning something, then it’s time to sell.
BUDGETS ARE ABOUT VALUES. What you spend says a lot about what you stand for, and if you don’t like what your own notebook says about you, try to make it look different next month.
personal_finance  parenting  Communicating_&_Connecting  writing  investing  investors  mentoring  values  budgets  advice  self-discipline  lessons_learned  wisdom  habits  financial_planning  ownership  ignorance  origin_story  takeaways  family  storytelling  financial_challenges  family_office  generational_wealth  soul-enriching  coverletters  unsentimental 
june 2016 by jerryking
The Power of Daily Writing in a Journal - WSJ
Jan. 26, 2016

Making journal entries is a form of reflection... reflection creates personal insight... and insight makes people more productive.
journaling  habits  writing  reflections  insights 
january 2016 by jerryking
Violently Wrought, Kaitlyn Greenidge interviews Marlon James - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
Kaitlyn Greenidge interviews Marlon James
November 3, 2014

Guernica: When you are inside the big book, how do you map out structure?

Marlon James: I have note sheets. I use Moleskine notebooks. I’m analog like that. I have a plot chart. I have different columns for the character, rows with different times of day, because even though it’s a big book, each chapter takes place basically in a day. So I need to know where Nina Burgess is at nine o’clock, and where she’ll be at ten. It allows me to be spontaneous. It’s sort of like how knowing prosody really liberates a poet.

If you know you have a backbone, you can bend and contort. That’s what allowed a lot of the freedom in the book. Because half of that stuff in that chart I didn’t follow. Because characters become real and they don’t take crap from you. But also because I always knew where the return line was. You can always go so far out on a limb and know you have to come back to this point. Plot charts and diagramming also stopped me from playing favorites. Because everybody had to get equal time.
Marlon James: Because I want dialogue. But to come back to it—Josey Wales, for example, is slightly older than Weeper [both two gang enforcers in a ghetto of Kingston]. Josey Wales doesn’t like reggae, he doesn’t like dance hall, whereas Weeper is a street kid. He’s a nerd. He has nothing but bitterness and meanness. But they do not talk the same. In a novel that’s told by characters, your nightmare is that they end up sounding alike. Working out how different generations talk was really the challenge. Remembering things like values. It’s their value system that governs how they talk.

Guernica: In the novel, power dynamics are constantly shifting. But there’s never a sense that one character has complete or absolute power.

Marlon James: If anyone has the upper hand, then your novel loses tension. I hope I wrote a very tense novel. Tension happens because dynamics are always changing. Even if you don’t have the upper hand, you have the upper hand in an argument. You have the moral right. Especially these characters, since a lot of them are pushed into corners and make desperate decisions. I don’t buy into the all-knowing, all-smart character. Even characters who you think are minor still end up being overshadowed or beaten.
Marlon_James  writers  Caribbean  culture  violence  fiction  books  Jamaica  '70s  profile  authors  teachers  Bob_Marley  writing  analog  spontaneity  Moleskine  plot_charts  diagramming  Man_Booker  prizes 
january 2016 by jerryking
Wattpad's strategy is not exactly an open book - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 25 2014
Wattpad  OMERS  authors  mobile  reading  writing  e-books  Toronto 
september 2014 by jerryking
Digital diaries are no match for our paper past -
August 31, 2014 3:54 pm
Digital diaries are no match for our paper past
By Lucy Kellaway
Lucy_Kellaway  Moleskine  calendars  writing  journaling  analog  artifacts  handwritten  paper-based 
september 2014 by jerryking
How to Write a Problem Statement for Six Sigma
By Craig Gygi, Bruce Williams, and Neil DeCarlo
The problem statement serves several purposes in a Six Sigma project. First, it significantly clarifies the current situation by specifically identifying the problem and its severity, location, and financial impact. It also serves as a great communication tool, helping to get buy-in and support from others. When problem statements are well written, people readily grasp and understand what you’re trying to accomplish.

A brief description of the problem and the metric used to describe the problem

Where the problem is occurring by process name and location

The time frame over which the problem has been occurring

The size or magnitude of the problem
problems  problem_solving  Six_Sigma  writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  howto  problem_framing  frequency_and_severity  buy-in  financial_impact 
may 2014 by jerryking
The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth -
September 7, 2013, 4:26 pm 193 Comments
The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth
Communicating_&_Connecting  words  ideas  writing  brevity  concision 
september 2013 by jerryking
‘Can You Make a Living After Studying English? Sure You Can’ - At Work - WSJ
June 6, 2013,| WSJ | By Robert Matz

Why study the humanities? For readers of The Wall Street Journal, here are two economic arguments.

...can you make a living after studying English? Sure you can. Students who major in English acquire skills in high demand in a knowledge and service economy: clear writing and communication, attention to detail, flexible and creative thinking.

First, there is the law of supply and demand. Blanket recommendations that college students study a STEM field are obviously self-defeating. If every student were to follow this advice, there would be too few jobs in STEM to support them. We have seen this kind of glut with the law degree.

Second, a humanities education creates a positive externality. You can’t meter the benefits of critical intelligence or imagination, but you wouldn’t want a populace that lacked them. Adam Smith, the author of Lectures On Rhetoric and Belles Lettres as well as of The Wealth of Nations, worried in the latter that the division of labor would make the laboring poor “incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation . . . of conceiving any generous, noble, or tender sentiment,” or of forming judgments regarding “the great and extensive interests of his country.” A nation with only technical expertise will similarly lack these virtues.

But can you make a living after studying English? Sure you can. Students who major in English acquire skills in high demand in a knowledge and service economy: clear writing and communication, attention to detail, flexible and creative thinking.

Still, not everyone should major in English. As a teacher in the field, I can tell you that some students couldn’t cut it. The deficits in their writing are too great to overcome, as are their difficulties in extrapolating from the particular to the general, or in thinking about problems in creative or original ways.

But students who can master the English major should feel confident that they are engaged in an enterprise that is valuable: personally, socially, and economically.

Robert Matz is chair of the George Mason English department.

This essay is part of a series on humanities studies and post-college employment.
humanities  STEM  career_paths  Colleges_&_Universities  Communicating_&_Connecting  liberal_arts  Adam_Smith  critical_thinking  English  self-defeating  externalities  detail_oriented  engaged_citizenry  extrapolations  writing 
june 2013 by jerryking
Grammar is a vital tool for any executive
May 2, 2013 | The Financial Time | by Michael Skapinker.

A reader recently sent me this plea: "I want to write clearly, concisely and correctly. Canyouhelpme?"

There are many guides to writing....
Communicating_&_Connecting  writing  grammar  clarity  concision 
may 2013 by jerryking
How to Write Clearly |
By Harvard Business ReviewMarch 06, 2013

Here are three ways to ensure your ideas aren’t misinterpreted:

Adopt the reader’s perspective. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes to assess your clarity. Better yet, ask a colleague to summarize the main points of your draft from a quick read-through.
Keep your language simple. Strive to use short words and sentences. Aim for an average of 20 words or less in each sentence. With every one, ask yourself whether you can say it more briefly.
Show, don’t tell. Be specific enough that readers draw their own conclusions (that match yours, of course), as opposed to expressing your opinions without support and hoping people will agree.
Communicating_&_Connecting  writing  howto  HBR  memoranda  clarity  empathy  misinterpretations  brevity  concision 
march 2013 by jerryking
Want To Be Taken Seriously? Become a Better Writer | LinkedIn
Dave Kerpen
CEO, Likeable Local, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker
Want To Be Taken Seriously? Become a Better Writer
writing  reading  influence 
february 2013 by jerryking
Analytic Thinking and Presentation for Intelligence Producers.
The importance of a title
How to gist your reading (actually a very helpful section)
The need for focus and clarity
“If you can’t summarize your bottom line in one sentence, you haven’t done your analysis.”
One idea – One Paragraph
The inverted Pyramid writing style, i.e. begin with the core assumption.
The importance of precise language (no jargon, no abbreviations, allow no possible misunderstandings)
Again, there is nothing earth shattering, but it is an interesting read.
The part that I found most interesting is the section entitled “Developing Analytical Objectivity.”
In a world filled with talk radio and infotainment, it is an important point to raise awareness about.
We have talked extensively about the cognitive nature of our brains and some of the fallacies and tricks our brains play on us – especially in the political arena.
This warning given to some of our country’s brightest thinkers acts as a reminder that if the smartest person in the room must protect against biases, so must we.
focus  clarity  strategic_thinking  critical_thinking  security_&_intelligence  writing  presentations  howto  sense-making  objectivity  biases  Philip_Mudd  analysts  misunderstandings  intelligence_analysts 
october 2012 by jerryking
Journalism’s problem is a failure of originality - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Sep. 28 2012

Professional journalism isn’t facing a plagiarism problem. It’s facing an originality failure....We have no way of knowing whether, proportionally, there’s more plagiarism in journalism today than there was 20 years ago. But we do know that commentators now work in very different circumstances. It used to be that local columnists used the phone and their feet. They spent time out of the office, just like their reporter colleagues. They went to the bar, the barbershop, the local college, the courtroom.

Why? Because, that’s where ideas took shape. Talking and thinking, thinking and talking, then trying it out on the keyboard. That’s how writers write. Sometimes, the work was good; more often, it was mediocre. Sometimes, editors sent it back. Whatever the quality, the ideas belonged to the columnist, informed by her reporting and research but grown in the writer’s head....In our panic to keep up with a changing world, we’ve failed to identify new methods for originality. We need to look to the writer-editor relationship, to the community of writers and thinkers and to the very process that writers use to go from nothing to something.

We’re mystified by the prospect of building a culture that breeds original thinking and writing in today’s digital world. Yet, we can look to writers who are successfully hitting the mark of originality and imitate their methods.

Today’s most original successful writers often combine the new and the old to foster their thinking. Writers such as Anne Lamott or columnist Connie Schultz test out their ideas in social media settings such as Twitter or Facebook. And they stay grounded in the real world, allowing for the influence of other people and experiences.
in_the_real_world  journalism  originality  scuttlebutt  thinking  plagiarism  editors  writers  writing  social_media  testing  original_thinking  ideas 
october 2012 by jerryking
Still Molten after all these years
March 5, 1994 | The Globe & Mail | editorial
CONTEMPLATING our 150th birthday, we were struck by a reference to editorials in perusing our well-thumbed copy of Brown of The Claim by J. M. S. Careless. Could this passage have been written yesterday?
"Globe editorials were not finely drawn and polished. They were hastily poured forth, in a style that was often ungainly but always lucid; and above all. trenchant and provocative. George Brown set the pattern by his own habit of writing: first of all a meticulous gathering of information on scraps of paper; next the jottings of headings and topic sentences, crossed out and rewritten; then, when the heat of composition had risen the drafting at full blast of the whole editorial - so that it was cast as a single. molten whole. Revisions with stumps of black lead pencil followed later in the proof sheets. but chiefly to stress vital facts and sharpen arguments. not to alter the nature of the full-length production. which kept the merits and defects of the manner of its making.” If the image of our editorials as a “molten whole" invites some ambiguity. we embrace it in the spirit in which the phrase was born. Editorials are still fashioned in haste from wells of necessity and conviction. spun from the events of the day through the minds and hearts of mortal people, often frantically assembled at the deadline hour and revised, if at all, on the run. The best of them are born in disbelief, cradled in righteousness. raised in and married to wisdom before the English language comes into play and ink hits paper.. .. . . . This, we assert. is a condition of their authenticity. They are not over-civilized by second thoughts and feints of heart. They are sometimes ungainly. Thrown up in the heat of composition and committed to paper, molten wholes have been known to confound a waiting nation. Even in the computer age. slumps of black lead pencil can be found in the precincts of our scribes.
anniversaries  commemoration  editorials  George_Brown  Globe_&_Mail  howto  writing  nation_builders  topic_sentences 
july 2012 by jerryking
Advice from the Corner Office: Use Google; Avoid Grammar Gaffes - Law Blog - WSJ
May 30, 2008 | WSJ | By Jamie Heller.

Read Justice Scalia’s New Book on Advocacy: It’s “important and entirely accurate” says Berry. Among the points that stood out to Berry: Write well. It’s okay, for example, to use synonyms in briefs, within limits, though the same rule wouldn’t apply with contracts.

Get Yourself Smart on a Subject, Fast: When they get assignments, he says, self starters “contextualize” the issue by “Googling stuff for fifteen minutes.” Lexis and Westlaw, he says, are fine for focusing on a point of law. But the peripheral vision provided by a Web search is also invaluable. It can yield relevant law journal articles, blog posts, plaintiffs’ lawyers sites, law-firm newsletters and the like.

Make Grammatical Mistakes and Typos at Your Peril: “Do not ever for the second time give your senior a piece of writing with a typo or a grammatical mistake,” says Berry. “I will take it once and I will tell the junior my set speech.” But if it happens again? Well, find out for yourself.
What is Berry’s set speech? A lawyer’s job is “to force the reader’s mind in a direction, to move a mind forward through the ideas.” A grammatical error or typo “derails the train of thought.”
grammar  Google  CEOs  writing  spelling  lawyers  law_firms  advice  new_graduates  perspectives  contextual  individual_initiative  self-starters  LexisNexis  Westlaw 
june 2012 by jerryking
Journaling Techniques For Self-Reflective Leaders
1992 | Ivey | Peter Chiaramonte

Five ways to make 2016 the most productive year ever
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 04, 2016
From Globe & Mail
5. Keep a journal. Why should you keep a journal? Well, other than giving you a place to look back and reflect and chronicle the events in your life, there’s one essential benefit to your productivity: Journalling is like a brain dump at the end of the day.

The beginning of a new year is a time to recharge, reflect and refocus. Journalling can really help you with that and, in turn, help you plot out a more productive year in the process.
journaling  writing  leadership  Managing_Your_Career  self-analysis  introspection  reflections  self-awareness  self-reflective 
may 2012 by jerryking
An Engineer's Blueprints For Writing.
April 13, 2012 | WSJ | By NICK ARVIN.

At root, both engineering and writing are disciplines of combining small things (pieces of steel, or words) to assemble a larger, more pleasing and useful thing (a cruise ship, or "Moby-Dick"). And many of the skills that one learns for engineering a machine carry over into engineering a tale. Here are three.

Attend to ambiguity....In engineering, ambiguity is our adversary, because the consequences of uncertainty can be, literally, devastating.

The writer has this attitude too. Language is inherently ambiguous, subject to variables of interpretation...It takes only one confusing sentence to lose a reader's trust forever, so the writer labors through revision after revision, pinning the words ever more precisely.

And yet, at heart, engineers and writers diverge in their attitudes toward ambiguity. A writer works to reduce ambiguity at the sentence level, but he also knows that moral ambiguities lie at the heart of compelling drama and conflict. So the writer will seek out and enlarge these in ways that an engineer never would.
engineering  writing  drama  ambiguities  think_threes  simplicity  blueprints  clarity  words  wordsmiths  brevity  concision 
april 2012 by jerryking
Strategy: How to get ahead by being different - The Globe and Mail
marjo johne
Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Sep. 22, 2011

Christie Henderson, partner at Henderson Partners LLP in Oakville, just
west of Toronto, says one way she established herself and her accounting
firm as leaders in personal tax accounting was by writing a series of
Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies books.

Writing the books is time-consuming, she says, but it’s worth the effort
because the books increase brand recognition and position Henderson
Partners as an authority in its field.

“It immediately makes us unique in the eyes of our customers,” says Ms.
Henderson. “In addition to all the unique and proprietary things we’re
doing service-wise, we can also say that we’re the company that writes
the Taxes for Dummies books.
branding  competition  differentiation  howto  JCK  management_consulting  personal_branding  thought_leadership  writing 
september 2011 by jerryking
Zadie Smith's rules for writers | Books |
22 Feb. 2010 / Here are Zadie Smith's golden
rules for writing:
1 As a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing
this than anything else.
2 As an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it,
better still, as an enemy would.
3 Don't romanticise your "vocation". You can either write good sentences
or you can't. What matters is what is left on the pg.
4 Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without dismissing the things you
don't excel at.
5 Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
6 Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. Crowds won't make your writing any
better than it is.
7 Work disconnected from the ­Web.
8 Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away
from it, even the people who are most important to you.
9 Don't confuse honours with achievement.
10 Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it.
Accept the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.
writing  advice  writers  tips  reading  books  quotes  rules_of_the_game  affirmations  weaknesses  truth-telling  restlessness  dissatisfaction  golden_rules 
may 2011 by jerryking
The Tech Profile: How a Small Retailer Handles I.T. -
May 17, 2011 | NYT |By DAVID H. FREEDMAN
The business: JetPens, based in San Jose, Calif., is a 14-person online
retailer of mostly Japanese pens and pen-related paraphernalia. The
slick, slightly edgy Web site is packed with stuff that you won’t find
just anywhere, including pens designed specifically for drawing Japanese
Manga-style cartoon art and a five-function eraser. As a result,
JetPens has drawn a cult following and fills about 100,000 orders a
running_a_business  marketing  retailers  e-commerce  David_Freedman  google  PayPal  Quickbooks  facebook  handwritten  analog  writing  artifacts  IT  owners  small_business  Japanese  premium  brands  Stanford  alumni 
may 2011 by jerryking
Why Can't M.B.A. Students Write? -
MARCH 3, 2011 By DIANA MIDDLETON. Students Struggle for Words
Business Schools Put More Emphasis on Writing Amid Employer Complaints
One of the shortest writing assignments at Northeastern is one of the
most frequently bungled. For the Marketing and Customer Value class
students must write, in fewer than 150 words, a compelling email
convincing executives to implement a marketing and pricing strategy.

Students rarely get to the point, says Bruce Clark, writing coordinator
for the M.B.A. program. "The first sentence should begin with, 'The
single most important issue here is.' You'd be amazed how few students
do that," he says.
brevity  business_schools  Communicating_&_Connecting  concision  curriculum  incisiveness  linchpins  MBAs  writing  the_single_most_important 
march 2011 by jerryking
Writing a Credible Investment Thesis
11/15/2004 | HBS Working Knowledge | by David Harding and
Sam Rovit
Many companies are "terrifyingly unclear" to themselves and investors about why they are making an acquisition, according to the authors of a new book, Mastering the Merger. Support comes when you spell it out.

Tough truths, on the other hand, are things like when and where you invest and under what circumstances.
HBS  HBR  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  private_equity  investment_research  writing  themes  thesis  value_creation  value_propositions  investment_thesis  Bain  tough-mindedness 
december 2010 by jerryking
Fifteen Percent of Immortality
July-August 2010 | Harvard Magazine | by Craig A. Lambert ’69,
Ph.D. ’78, is deputy editor of this magazine. Profile of literary
agent Andrew Wylie, who aims for the high end—financial and literary.
publishing  writing  literary_agents  talent_management  high-end  digital_media  Andrew_Wylie  Harvard  talent_representation 
july 2010 by jerryking
So Long, and Thanks - Opinionator Blog
June 29, 2010 | | By OLIVIA JUDSON. "Writing in
this space is the most gratifying job I’ve ever had, but also the
toughest. It’s like owning a pet dragon: I feel lucky to have it, but it
needs to be fed high-quality meat regularly . . . and if something goes
wrong, there’s a substantial risk of fire." For me, ideas are
capricious. They appear at unpredictable (and sometimes inconvenient)
moments — So it’s important to catch them when they do appear: to that
end, I have a list. It’s not well-organized...To tempt ideas to arrive, I
talk to people and I read a lot: the press releases from Nature,
Science Daily. Colleagues reliably alert me to interesting papers. This
gives me a sense of what’s out there. But having an idea is one thing;
developing it is another. Some ideas look great from the bathtub, but
turn out to be as flimsy. Others are so huge they can’t easily be
treated in 1,500 words or less. Still others are just right. I can’t
tell which without investigation.
ideas  idea_generation  writing  Olivia_Judson  farewells  high-quality 
july 2010 by jerryking
"A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Law" by Mark Herrmann - Adam Smith, Esq.
September 22, 2006 | Adam Smith, Esq. | by Bruce MacEwen. (1)
"How to Fail as an Associate," : there is no such thing as a "draft."
Your clients/colleagues need answers. Someone has to figure out the
answer. Someone has to take responsibility for the answer. *
"Write in short sentences. If a sentence runs on for more than three
and a half typed lines, break the sentence in half. Make it two
* "Start each paragraph with a topic sentence. This is important.
Few people do it. You will do it. If you don't know what a topic
sentence is, look it up. Now."
Bruce_MacEwen  book_reviews  lawyers  howto  writing  professional_education  topic_sentences 
june 2010 by jerryking
Opening Sentences That Close the Sale
October 25, 2006 | High Ranksings | by Karon Thackston, Marketing Words, Inc.
storytelling  Communicating_&_Connecting  writing 
april 2010 by jerryking
What Matters Now
December 14, 2009 | "What Matters Now" is the
work of more than 60 people with big ideas and something to say. It will
inspire you to make some changes in 2010, and to keep doing work that
matters. What better way for business thinkers to celebrate the holiday
season than with the gift of great ideas? As the year 2009 — as
difficult, divisive, worrisome, and hopeful a year since, well, 2008 —
draws to a close, my friend Seth Godin, the innovator, writer, and
blogger extraordinaire, has persuaded 70 other innovators, writers, and
bloggers to participate in a project he calls What Matters Now.
inspiration  Seth_Godin  writing  ideas  blog  what_really_matters 
february 2010 by jerryking
Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 2
July 16, 2009 | ReadWriteWeb | Written by Bernard Lunn. In
Part 2, we try a bit of science fiction, speculating on how this might
play out for all participants: readers, authors, printers, publishers,
retailers, and e-book device vendors.
publishing  Gadi_Prager  technology  books  writing  Kindle  e-books  e-readers  creative_destruction 
november 2009 by jerryking
MLA Citation Style
Lynch, Tim. "DSN Trials and Tribble-ations Review." Psi Phi: Bradley's
Science Fiction Club. 1996. Bradley University. 8 Oct. 1997
reference  writing  research  howto  English  citations  bibliography 
november 2009 by jerryking
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower - The Atlantic (June 2008)
June 2008 Atlantic
The idea that a university education is for everyone is a destructive
myth. An instructor at a “college of last resort” explains why.

by Professor X
English  education  academia  writing  literacy  learning  Colleges_&_Universities 
october 2009 by jerryking
The Simple Dollar » The Five Ps: Breaking Down Big Dreams Into Little Steps
April 29, 2008 | The Simple Dollar | Written by Trent Hamm

Passion. Find it and know it.
Practice. Break your passion down into pieces and deliberately work on the elements.
Persistence. Practice as much as you can on an extremely regular basis, like clockwork.
Patience. Don’t expect to be great in a day, a month, or even a year.
Participation. Find new ways to get involved and share what you know.

Today, my friend, is a great day to get started.
break_down  inspiration  advice  productivity  writing  goals  patience  practice  persistence  passions  clockwork 
october 2009 by jerryking
How to Ask a (Near) Stranger for a Favor
Monday August 31, 2009 | | David Silverman

Respect instead of disrespect. Remind me of where we met. Pay a compliment of possible that show recipient that if they grant me the favour,

However, you don’t go that extra step of saying what you remember from the class. And since you were supposed to have read my book, and you clearly Googled my career, it should not have been too hard to come up with something nice to say.

The point isn’t just paying me a compliment, but also showing me that if I connect you with John Doe, you’ll do your research and say something that will make your cold call more pleasant than aggressive.

Remember that you know nothing of my relationship to John Doe.

Tell me what’s in it for me — and Sandy.

Don’t assume I know what you’re talking about.

Give me something to cut and paste.

Don’t Use Txt-Speak.
Communicating_&_Connecting  networking  writing  howto  coverletters  strangers  cold_calling  compliment 
september 2009 by jerryking
Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction
07 January 2009
Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

from Locus Magazine, January 2009
writing  productivity  howto  inspiration  tips  Cory_Doctorow 
september 2009 by jerryking
Look Smart - Moleskine Notebook
June 26, 2005 | New York Times | By ROB WALKER

The story of Moleskine Notesbooks. The core idea, Rossini (Samantha
Rossini, Modo & Modo's project manager ) says, is that these are not
just journals; they are ''books without words inside -- your own

Armand Frasco works in health care and is also a photographer, started a
blog called Moleskinerie which gathers references to Moleskines,
observations about creativity, work by contemporary Moleskinners and
Moleskine  creativity  writing  journal 
april 2009 by jerryking
Make it short and sweet
Apr. 1995 | Black Enterprise Vol. 25, Iss. 9; pg. 53, 1 pgs | by Cassandra Hayes.
writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  brevity 
february 2009 by jerryking
Reading Between a Memo's Lines
Mar. 1987 | Today's Office. Vol. 21, Iss. 10; pg. 11, 2 pgs | by Edward Wakin.
writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  guidelines 
february 2009 by jerryking
Managing Your Career: 'How Can I Write An Effective Memo?'
Managing Your Career: 'How Can I Write An Effective Memo?'
Half, Robert. Management Accounting. Montvale: Dec 1991. Vol. 73, Iss. 6; pg. 11, 1 pgs
Managing_Your_Career  writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  howto 
february 2009 by jerryking
Oxford Analytica - News - The President's Daily Brief and the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief
June 16, 2004 by David R. Young, Managing Director of Oxford
Analytica, lays out OA's goal of provide the decision-maker with the
best available analysis as close to the event as possible. OA has over
35 governments and 120 major financial institutions and corporations as
Oxford  Oxford_Analytica  briefing  memoranda  writing  PDB  filetype:pdf  media:document 
february 2009 by jerryking
Books Unbound -- Printout -- TIME
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 TIME magazine article by Lev Grossman
Future of new publishing-- publishing isn't dying. But it is evolving,
books  publishing  e-books  self-publishing  writing 
february 2009 by jerryking

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