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Person typing at a typewriter A Goal to Get You Writing

NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is a month off, but it’s not too soon to commit to participate. The goal is to write 50,000 words (about 175 pages) during November. That may seem crazy, but there's lots of guidance and support available online and in local writer chapters. Break through that writer's block!

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Naomi Karten
An open notebook in front of a computer Why Project Managers Need Exceptional Writing Skills

The project manager’s role is to ensure the project is done efficiently and effectively. The modern project manager needs to have great communication skills to convey the essentials of the project, and most of this communication is done through writing. Here are some examples when good writing skills will help.

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Paul Bates
Person with writer's block holding a pen over a blank piece of paper Unblocking Writer’s Block

Being unable to think of what to write can happen to anyone. Maybe your assignment is to contribute a blog post for the company website, draft a white paper, or produce design documents or other materials. What do you do? Here are some helpful suggestions for unblocking writer's block and getting started.

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Pamela Rentz
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