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Just for fun – another way to break out of a writing rut

By on May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Stuck on a paragraph? Bored with your sentence? Not sure if the piece is going in the right direction? Try doing something totally different with the subject. Take a shot at writing about it in a completely different voice. Use the same information but take a whole new tactic.  How would you write it for a five year old? What if you were for your best friend? How...

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Want to Write a Book? What’s Stopping You?

By on Mar 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Just six months ago, CurtisCompany founder Eric Curtis decided he wanted to write a book to support his growing business consulting practice. You can now buy Collecting Dust (8 Reasons Nonprofit Strategic Plans Fail) on Amazon. It would have been easier to put it off. Eric already has a pretty full schedule running his business and keeping up with a young family....

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Story telling from the story tellers

By on Feb 8, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Certainly story telling is an art and it can’t exactly be boiled down to a basic of set of rules like a paint-by-number painting.  But the folks at Disney’s Pixar have done just that. They’ve come up with to 22 “rules” to write by. Maybe it’s more like the Pirate’s Code: “Dems just guidelines.” But they sum it up...

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Time Tracking for Better Writing

By on Feb 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There is a great, oft-repeated maxim for becoming a great writer: Butt-in-chair; hands on keyboard. You can’t become great, or even write at all if you don’t adhere to that very simple principle. Recently, I discovered a great tool that can help. It’s called Toggl. It’s a time tracking program designed for consultants and other business types. But it’s so easy and...

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Rewrite and Rewrite and Rewrite

By on Jan 15, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was paid a great compliment the other day. Someone said that something I wrote read as if it was easy to write. It wasn’t. In fact, it was a tad agonizing as I fussed over sentences and tried to hammer big concepts into bite sized, readable pieces. The wonderful illusion is that great writing comes easy. When you read a well written article or book, it feels...

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