Write with TASTE Blog

Some more ‘interesting’ stuff

1 October 2009


Word count:  360

Estimated reading time:  4-5 minutes


Because of the holidays in Hong Kong this week, I’m taking a break from the subject of business writing to tell you about a website that I like.


A few weeks ago I suggested that you become a good writer by being interesting.   And to do that requires learning about stuff from a wide range of areas, including science and technology.

Small steps – big results

24 September 2009


Wish I had a dollar for every time someone has asked ‘How can I improve my English?’  I could have retired by now.


OK – so that’s probably an exaggeration.


But I think that most everyone who asks that question already knows the answer.  Keep practising – find a native speaker and talk with them regularly – read English books and magazines – take courses – watch English movies and TV – and so on.

The ‘Rules’ for How to be Interesting

17 September 2009

In last week’s post, we talked about how learning grammar will not make you a good (or ‘interesting’) writer.  I asked for your ideas about how to make business writing ‘interesting’.

Patrick, one of our readers, commented:

For business writing, I can say that it really depends on the culture of your organisation and also your audiences, boss, work groups or even clients, whether they are willing to accept 'interesting' English. …

Learning grammar will not make you a good writer

10 September 2009


 What?! How is that possible?


OK -- think about it for a minute.  What do you like to read? 


I’ll bet that your first thought is not ‘grammar books’.  Am I right?


Heck, it’s my business – but I don’t like to read grammar books!  I use them frequently as reference material, of course.  Kind of like a dictionary.  But I’ve never gone to a grammar book to learn how to write.

Parents make better writers

3 September 2009


You mean if I don’t have kids I’m not a good writer?


Of course not. 


What I'm saying is that readers are like kids.  And if you know how to deal with kids you’ll be able to appeal to readers a bit better.


How is that?  Well, let’s think about kids’ behaviour.



Kids are impatient

They wriggle and squirm.  They get bored easily.  They have short attention spans.

Copyright 2014 DeGolyer Associates Ltd |  Contact Deborah at:  writewithtaste@me.com