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Concise Writing Takes Time

31 August 2012

The present letter is a very long one, simply

because I had no leisure to make it shorter.

Blaise Pascal, 17th century French philosopher

In a post a few years ago, I referred to Pascal’s quote above and gave some tips on how to write concisely.


Recently I read where the American author, Mark Twain, was given credit for the same quote. …

Grammar Bite #23: Use of ‘proceed’

16 August 2012


Can you say what’s wrong with these two sentences?

·      We haven’t had sufficient time to proceed our formal purchase order for materials procurement.

·      Work can be proceeded when we receive the necessary materials.


The problem is with the word ‘proceed’.


First, the definition

‘Proceed’ (verb) means to start doing something or continue doing something after a pause or delay. …

Getting People to Read Your Email

9 August 2012

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Getting readers to open and read your email is sometimes a big problem. People often get so much email every day that they simply don’t have time to read them all.


Scott, one of the readers of this blog, mentioned this problem as it relates to meetings:


Business experts say not to waste time giving information in meetings that could be done in emails. …

‘Generous’ writing

2 August 2012

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One of the secrets of prolific writing, according to author Beth Hayden, is to ‘keep generosity in your heart’.


When I first read that, I thought, ‘What does generosity have to do with writing at all, let alone prolific writing?’


In answer, Hayden says that we should remember why we write – namely, we write ‘because we want to help people’. …

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