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About 1956waterkey

Senior public relations/communication professional. Areas of focus are strategic communication planning and written communication products (messaging, talking points, speeches, annual reports, white papers, issue advocacy, etc.). Avid reader. Deep into classical and jazz music. Trombone player.

How Writing Affects Your Brain

Originally posted on Jens Thoughts:
I thought this was pretty amazing.  If anyone finds the images in color please let me know. Until Next Time…

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Terminal Prepositions (“Up With This I Will Not Put!”)

“Preposition:  a preposition is a connecting word that shows the relation of a noun (or pronoun) to some other word in a sentence.  Example:  The main office is in Boston.” – The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer. Oversimplified, many … Continue reading

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Cut the Useless Words

Earlier, I blogged about going over what you’ve just written.  Editing and revising are part of writing well like practicing free-throws are to scoring more points in a basketball game.  They are vital.  A major aspect of editing and revising … Continue reading

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Editing/Revising Helps You Write As Well As You Can

Earlier, I ranted about killing all the adjectives and adverbs you can.  To find those “ly” words you must go over what you just wrote.  Thus begins the editing/revising phase.  It is every bit as vital as putting the words … Continue reading

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Kill the “ly” Words

I hate adjectives and adverbs.  Those are the words that come before or after a verb and end in the letters “ly.”  Example:  “I literally cringed embarrassingly.”  Better:  “I cringed.”  What makes me absolutely and positively cringe uncontrollably is the … Continue reading

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Why Another Blog on Writing Well?

As long poor writing survives the war against it goes on.  It may be a forever war.  But helping people write well matters greatly to their personal and professional progress.  Moreover, it is a vital element that influences how far … Continue reading

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