Write with TASTE Blog
28 January 2010
Word count: 400
Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes
I just finished reading a short book written by Chris Guillebeau. The book, called 279 Days to
Overnight Success, tells the story of how Chris changed his career path. He has definitely succeeded – but it took most of a year for him to make the change.
Some of Chris’s goals might be considered quite modest.…
21 January 2010
Word count: 510
Estimated reading time: 5-6 minutes
Photo by Andreas – used by permission.
This is a test
Ready to try the breath test that we talked about last week?
Here’s the sentence from the comic:
In today’s interdependent economy,
effective global communication and collaboration are essential to
14 January 2010
Word count: 275
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
There are several ways to check that your sentences are concise:
Do they contain only one idea?
Do they have 20 or fewer words?
Do they pass the ‘breath test’?
Use the ‘breath test’
Many writing coaches teach people to use the breath test on their sentences. I was reminded of it while driving home from work recently.
7 January 2010
Word count: 460
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
Happy New Year!
Typical New Year’s celebrations involve a drink (or two or three). That happy thought brought to mind a quote attributed to several famous people, including novelists Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain and psychologist Timothy Leary.
Write drunk; edit sober.
I’m sure that any of those men might have said something like that. …