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A person with writer's block struggling to write on a red typewriter The “Dear Mother” Approach to Getting Past Writer’s Block

If you want to be a thought leader in the software community, you may want to share your expertise by getting published. But no matter how knowledgeable you are in your particular domain, writing about it is another matter entirely. If you're struck by writer's block, try writing a letter to unblock your thoughts.

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Naomi Karten
Wordie Update: Merriam-Webster Adds 850 New Words

The Merriam-Webster dictionary blog noted they recently added 850 new words and definitions that come from a cross-section of our linguistic culture. It’s good to know that some of the words we’re seeing in the headlines are now being included.

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Pamela Rentz
Editor's proofreading marks on a page How to Edit Someone Else’s Writing

If colleagues ask you to edit their work, don’t take on the task unless you’re willing to be honest with your comments. You can do that without being harsh, though. Be sure to find out what it is about their work your coworkers would like help with, look at the pieces in multiple formats, and deliver criticism kindly.

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Naomi Karten
ideas flowing into pencil Tips and Resources for Better Writing

If you’re asked to contribute to your company’s e-newsletter or draft a blog post for the website or a design document, here are a few writing tips and resources you may find helpful.

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Pamela Rentz
First draft with edits Tips for Writing a First (or Second or Third) Draft

Whether you’re writing for personal or professional purposes, a one-pager or an entire book, it's important to write several drafts. The initial draft doesn't have to be brilliant. It's simply raw data, and you’ll progress faster if you write it quickly so that you get out your ideas. Read on for more tips.

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Naomi Karten
To Use or Not to Use? Debating Clichés in Your Writing

It's hard not to speak in clichés at work; they're so ingrained in how we communicate, they just come out. But what about in your writing? Yes, clichés are overused, but there's a reason: Everyone knows what they mean. Should you use these perhaps worn-out phrases when you write, or is there a better way?

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Naomi Karten
Avoid Embarrassing Glitches: Proofread Your Documents

To avoid embarrassing errors in your emails, documents, and proposals, it's a good idea to proofread. But simply glancing over what you wrote isn't enough. Naomi Karten gives some tips for thorough proofreading, such as coming back to your document later, printing it out, and reading it out loud.

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Naomi Karten
Overcoming Writer’s Block

Those who claim that writer's block is a myth maintain that feeling stumped in writing usually has a simple cause. That’s no doubt true, but it’s irrelevant if you don’t know the cause. Naomi Karten has experienced writer's block, and if you have, too, she provides a number of ideas to help get you unstuck.

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Naomi Karten