Category Archives: Other musings

Posts on topics about writing and communication, but that do not provide strategies, advice, and instruction for producing great writing.

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We’re working on the cover for the upcoming printed version of 300 Days of Better Writing, and we need your help. Please take a moment to review the draft covers below and vote for the one you like best. (You can click on the images for a larger view, and then use your BACK button to return to this page.)

After you vote, add a comment. I’ll send you a FREE PDF of the book (available in about a week).

Will we use one of these? Maybe. Will we take your recommendations seriously? Absolutely! I know much about effective writing, but graphic design…well…it’s not my strength. Your vote will help us decide which, if any, cover image to use. If you don’t like any of them, that’s O.K., too. Feel free to offer any advice or suggestions in the comments.

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Businessman in tie writing in notebook, Black title text         Businessman in tie writing in notebook, Dark red title text         Blue top with white title, Writing hand in middle, Yellow bottom


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Converting for Kindle

I recently converted Precise Edit’s 300 Days of Better Writing and Your Writing Companion-Writing Advice and Instruction from Precise Edit, for Kindle. While the conversion platform for Kindle (DTP-Digital Text Platform) appeared to be straightforward, it wasn’t. For example, previewing the document after uploading it was a little frustrating. I couldn’t choose to go to the cover page of a document through the pull down menu in the preview screen. Instead, I had to click the left arrow at the top for several hundred pages (in our case) to get to the cover page and see if it was there at all. Since it wasn’t, I had to revise my coding and go through the whole uploading process again.

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Why We Give Away Free Stuff

People who communicate well can achieve their goals. Good communication leads to success and strong relationships. On the other hand, poor communication can create hostility or, even worse, indifference. In business, in school, and in many other arenas, good communication depends on the ability to write well.

Our business at Precise Edit is helping people communicate well in writing. We help people write what they mean clearly and in a manner that provokes a desired response. This is more than our job—it’s what we believe in.

In addition to the services we provide and books we sell, we give away a lot of free writing help, free writing resources, and free writing guides. This blog is only one outlet for the free writing instruction we provide.


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Coffee Is Wonderful! (in my opinion)

CoffeeIsWonderful!Coffee is a wonderful beverage. It has a pleasant taste, and it can help you wake up, think clearly, recover quickly after a strenuous workout, and lose weight. People who drink coffee feel good about themselves.

Not so fast, buckaroo.

Some of this may be true, but some is certainly an opinion. Here are the opinions:

  • Wonderful beverage,
  • Pleasant taste, and
  • Feel good about themselves.

Opinions creep into our writing easily, and they can damage our relationship with the reader. When you provide opinions, you don’t respect the readers’ rights to form their own opinions from the facts. In contrast, you create the opportunity for the reader to discredit your authority. Continue reading

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My three favorite books on writing

Over the 18+ years I have been editing, I have read many books on writing. In this video book talk, I discuss my three favorite books:

  • The Elements of Style by Strunk and White,
  • Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams, and
  • Line by Line by Clair Kehrwald Cook (published by the Modern Language Association).

Following a brief overview of these books, I discuss my criticism with writing books in general.

This book talk is part one of five. Parts two through five discuss our writing books and resources.
Click here to view all five parts.

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Writing with Spin: Making Your Readers Happy with Bad News

Perhaps you have heard the adage “No news is good news.” In contrast, sometimes the news is bad. How are you going to communicate that bad news

goodnews-badnews1Your last employer fired you. You are writing a financial report to stakeholders, and the company is losing money. You were required to perform specific duties and meet objectives, but you didn’t. You have a job to do, and it’s taking longer than expected. You failed a class in your undergraduate program. You have to miss work—again. You need to raise taxes because your budget is too high. Too many patients are dying. Etcetera. Continue reading


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3 Strategies to Help Bookstores Survive

For some time now, I have been hearing about how bookstores are struggling to stay in business, not only the small, local bookstores, but also the big chains, such as Borders. My perception is that’s success is partly responsible for these struggles. I like, and I also like “bricks and mortar” bookstores.’s future seems pretty secure at the moment, so I propose three strategies bookstores can use to remain in business and survive


Once upon a time, if you wanted to buy a book, you bought it from a bookstore. Book buying possibilities have changed. Now you can pay to download a book to an e-book reader or buy it from an online source (e.g., the author’s or publisher’s website, Book buying behaviors have changed, but bookstores seem to be trying to maintain the way they do business. Other than adding a coffee shop, bookstores now look much like I remember them before made online book shopping practical. Continue reading


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