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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.

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