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Index to Syndicated Columns

by Stephen Wilbers

Author of 1,000 columns
published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune & elsewhere

Includes more than 900 weekly columns, dating from December 13, 1991,
arranged by column number, date, and first appearance in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

+Memos; 3-step; Memo.

 

1.       December 13, 1991

Col      To keep your readersí attention, get to the point

 

54.   January 22, 1993

Web    The three-step memo gets the job done in a pinch

 

137.    October 28, 1994

Keys   Write quickly, freely to overcome writerís block

 

234.    November 15, 1996

Use the 3-step memo to get your message across

 

320.    October 2, 1998

Keys   Leave nothing to chance when writing persuasively

 

436.  March 9, 2001

How to avoid mistakes when writing in a hurry

 

604.    September 17, 2004
Col      Memo writing in just three steps

 

687.  June 19, 2006

Writerís block? Just start writing

 

778.    July 7, 2008
           Get the job done in three steps
 

803.    July 6, 2009

          The bottom line doesnít always go on top

 

955.    December 8, 2015

          From email to executive summaries we go back to the future

 

 

 

+Concise writing and simple language; wordiness.; wordy.; concise.

 

4.       January 3, 1992

Keys   Give readers a break B keep it plain and simple

 

5.       January 10, 1992

Use language that your readers know, expect                               

 

10.      February 14, 1992

How to avoid succumbing to acute prolixity

 

32.      July 17, 1992

           So many words, so strong the urge to Aredunderize@

GD

33.      July 24, 1992

Simple suggestions for simplifying sentences

 

34.      July 31, 1992

           How to write ambiguously to cover your amphibology

 

36.       September 11, 1992

Keys   Metaphors are fine, but avoid clichťs like the plague

Web

58.      February 19, 1993

In most cases, one page should do for a report

 

61.   March 12, 1993 (Orson Welbers)

Keys   The war of the words B invasion of the bureaucrats

 

76.      June 25, 1993

           New SlumberWrite software Arevolutionizes@ writing

Web

78.      July 9, 1993

           Send your boss to Language Efficiency School

 

82.      September 3, 1993

Pseudo-sophistication no justification for obfuscation

 

85.      September 24, 1993

AElegant variation@ is an affectation to avoid

 

103.    February 4, 1994

Keys   To write with emphasis, trim your endings

 

105.    February 18, 1994

Col      Talking turkey and dressing down your reader

 

176.    September 1, 1995

Col      Windows 95 overlooked SlumberWrite software

 

240.    January 3, 1997

Keys   Here are five techniques for writing concisely

 

313.    August 14, 1998

Keys   To write with emphasis, make every word count

 

316.    September 4, 1998

Keys   Get to the point B donít waste your readersí time

 

326.    November 13, 1998

           Besse Plain-Talk Dentura offers lesson for writers

 

390.    March 17, 2000

Col      Message is muddled by meaningless modifiers (Key West)

MC

428.    January 12, 2001

For clarity and emphasis, make every word count

 

455.  August 10, 2001
MC      To survive as a writer, donít trust modifiers

 

468.    November 16, 2001

Col      Get (right) to the point to connect with readers

 

482.    March 1, 2002

Col      A prolix, verbose talk with Perry Phrastic

 

548.  July 18, 2003

GD      Wordiness is a waste of time

 

557.  September 19, 2003

Modifiers are the trickiest part of speech

 

571.    January 16, 2004
Col      When can you trust a modifier?

MC

587.  May 7, 2004
MC      Wanton wordiness obscures the point

 

590.    May 28, 2004
Col      Put your verbiage on a diet

MC

612.  November 29, 2004
Web    Learn to recognize patterns of wordiness

 

648.    September 5, 2005

          Some enlightened thoughts from Perry Phrastic

 

658.  November 14, 2005
MC      Learn to recognize five types of wordiness

698.  September 18, 2006
  Learn to recognize wordy expressions

MC

706.  November 13, 2006
MC      Wordiness obscures good writing        

 

749.  October 15, 2007

Web    Eliminate wordiness to write with power

 

837.    February 14, 2011

MC      Charge yourself $5 for every word you write

 

910.    March 18, 2014

          Until such time as you eliminate wordiness, youíll lose your reader


 

+Customer relations or PR./PR letters; customer.; correspondence.  (See angry letters, bad-news letters, & complaint letters below)

 

6.       January 17, 1992

Secret ingredients of a customer relations letter

 

35.      September 4, 1992

In customer relations letters, put the reader first

 

139.    November 11, 1994

Web    Customer relations letters are good for business

 

219.  August 2, 1996

Web    A carefully written apology can create goodwill

 

338.  February 12, 1999

How to say no without sounding like a bureaucrat

 

355.    June 11, 1999

Keys   What to say, and not to say, in openings and closings

 

375.    December 3, 1999

Col      Letters from a Nut a test of customer service

Web

403.    July 14, 2000

Col      Closings can reinforce or detract from your message

 

451.  July 13, 2001
Web    Use correspondence to build relationships

 

465.    October 26, 2001

Col      Open and close with words of affirmation

 

471.  December 14, 2001

If you must complain, do it with a cool head

 

481.    February 22, 2002

Attorney Generalís office does it right

 

602.  September 3, 2004

Col      Hello, goodbye warrant care

 

637.  May 23, 2005

Greeting your reader is key

 

638.  May 30, 2005

Parting can be so sweet

 

695.    August 28, 2006
Web    PR letters follow 5-part formula

 

817.    February 22, 2010

          With good writing, the future looks bright

 

866.    June 19, 2012 (China Connection)

Web    Choose your closing with an eye Ė and an ear Ė to relationship
 

 

+Parallel structure; parallel.

 

7.       January 24, 1992

Keys   Honoring your contract with the reader

Col

161.    April 21, 1995

          Use parallel structure for emphasis, power

 

225.    September 13, 1996

Keys    The beauty and utility of language are connected

Web

311.    July 3, 1998

Keys   Parallel structure is simple but powerful technique         

 

458.  August 31, 2001

MC      Keep words running on a parallel track

 

555.  September 5, 2003
MC      Learn to edit for common errors

 

599.    August 13, 2004

Tips     Two-liners can be unforgettable (quotes)

 

653.    October 10, 2005

Tips    Nonparallel structure is awkward

MC

751.    October 29, 2007

Writers are not always magicians

 

825.    July 19, 2010

          Avoid the number one error in PowerPoint

 

906.    January 21, 2013

          Maintain parallel structure for consistency, clarity, and emphasis

 

946.    August 4, 2015

           Keep things parallel to be healthy, wealthy, and a wise writer

 


 

+Schemes. (other than parallel structure)

909.    March 4, 2014

MC      Use antimetabole and chiasmus to make your sentences memorable


 

+Writerís block.

 

11.      February 21, 1992

Keys   How to make writerís block less of an obstacle

Web

12.      February 28, 1992

Keys   ABulldozing@ leaves no time to be critical of writing

 

13.      March 6, 1992

           After spontaneous start, you need an outline

 

54.   January 22, 1993

Web    The three-step memo gets the job done in a pinch

 

70.      May 14, 1993

           To overcome writerís block, silence inner critic

 

137.    October 28, 1994

Keys   Write quickly, freely to overcome writerís block

 

190.    December 15, 1995

Keys   To overcome writerís block, write with honesty

 

236.    December 6, 1996

Keys   The dread of writing comes from multiple causes

 

GD

290.    February 6, 1998

Keys   To overcome writerís block, compose yourself

 

327.    November 20, 1998

          If writing were easy, you wouldnít be reading this

 

376.    December 10, 1999

Keys   To save time, think before you rush to begin writing

 

424.  December 15, 2000

Writing can be a breeze with the AQ&A@ format

 

461.  September 28, 2001

Encouraging words to improve attitude

 

497.  June 21, 2002

Donít create obstacles before you get started

 

539.  May 16, 2003

When drafting, just keep moving forward

 

561.  October 17, 2003

Just forget the words and write

 

622.  February 7, 2005

Keep the door open to writing

 

655.  October 24, 2005

Web    How deadlines can help you write

 

687.  June 19, 2006

Writerís block? Just start writing

 

836.    January 17, 2011

          Think first, then write, to overcome writerís block

 

880.    January 22, 2013

          Two reasons why men shouldnít write advice columns

 

 


 

+Telephone motif; Mr. President (Gordon Mac.)

 

11.      February 21, 1992

Keys   How to make writerís block less of an obstacle

Web

12.      February 28, 1992

Keys   ABulldozing@ leaves no time to be critical of writing

 

13.      March 6, 1992

           After spontaneous start, you need an outline

 

70.      May 14, 1993

           To overcome writerís block, silence inner critic

 

299.    April 10, 1998

Keys   Principles of composition are not elements of style

 

321.  October 9, 1998

Keys   Thereís always one more word to say about words

 


 

+Communication and management skills; manager., manage., managerial.

 

14.   March 13, 1992

Col      To write or not to write:  A question of good management

 

45.      November 13, 1992

How to say Ano@ without turning friends into enemies

 

113.  April 15, 1994

Col      The seven sins of highly ineffective writers

 

120.         June 3, 1994
Web    The seven habits of highly effective writers

 

183.  October 20, 1995

Col      Communication skills are key to good managers (Munter)

Web

199.  February 16, 1996

Col      Good managers know how to tell good stories

Web

225.    September 13, 1996

Keys    The beauty and utility of language are connected

Web

275.  October 3, 1997

Web    Good managers deliver bad news in a nice way

 

366.  September 24, 1999
Web    Good managers and good writing go hand in hand

 

470.  December 7, 2001

Col      Good managers use words to build relationships

 

475.  January 11, 2002

  Clear communication is key in tough times

 

748.  October 8, 2007

Good writers make good workers

 

905.    January 7, 2013

          A good manager is someone who cares and communicates

 

915.    May 27, 2014

          In baseball or the office, words that hit a homerun

 

951.    October 13, 2015

          Choose your words to be the leader, and the person, you aspire to be

967.    May 24, 2016

          To be a fully developed person (and leader), you need to dream

 

 


 

+General principles., approaches, habits (See Writing as Process below)

 

14.   March 13, 1992

Col      To write or not to write:  A question of good management

 

86.      October 1, 1993

Some operating principles that apply to writing

 

100.    January 14, 1994

Col      Lessons learned after 100 columns on writing

 

113.  April 15, 1994

Col      The seven sins of highly ineffective writers

 

120.     June 3, 1994
Web    The seven habits of highly effective writers

 

200.      February 23, 1996

             Lessons learned from 200 columns on writing

 

300.    April 17, 1998

             Lessons learned from 300 columns on writing

 

334.  January 15, 1999
MC      Here are six not-so-easy ways to improve your writing

 

337.    February 5, 1999

          How to develop habits for highly effective writing

 

395.  April 21, 2000

          To communicate effectively, consider your options

 

400.    June 23, 2000

           Lessons learned from 400 columns on writing

 

485.    March 22, 2002

Even busy people can improve their writing

 

600.    August 20, 2004

          Bottom line is:  Writing matters

 


 

+When to write.

 

14.     March 13, 1992

Col      To write or not to write:  A question of good management

 

389.    March 10, 2000

Col      Effective communication requires time to think

 

395.    April 21, 2000

          To communicate effectively, consider your options

 

507.    September 13, 2002

Know how, what, and when to write

 

924.    October 14, 2014

          Ask yourself nine questions before you risk writing


 

+Anger., angry., & angry letters (See customer relations & PR letters above, bad-news letters below)

 

15.   March 20, 1992

           How to make enemies and start wars with your writing

 

40.      October 9, 1992

Venting your anger and psyching out your enemy

 

212.    May 17, 1996

Web    Angry letters are risky but sometimes necessary

 

365.    September 17, 1999

Write with Arespectful exasperation@ to get your way

 

471.    December 14, 2001

If you must complain, do it with a cool head

 

560.    October 10, 2003

Col      Angry letters by the bagful

 


 

+Proofreading.; proofread.

 

17.      April 3, 1992

Web    How to proofread and never miss a single errror

 

18.      April 10, 1992

Web    How did you do on last weekís proofreading quiz?

 

21.      May 1, 1992

Web    APorn and Beans@ and other proofreading classics

 

106.    February 25, 1994

          Proofread to eliminate those embarassing errrors

 

107.    March 4, 1994

          How would you grade your proofreading prowess?

 

157.    March 24, 1995

          Create a personalized proofreading checklist (link to error checklist)

 

205.  March 29, 1996

          Proofreading checklist eliminates common errrors

 

246.    February 14, 1997

          Proofreading errrors under mine your credibility

 

291.  February 13, 1998

Web    Techniques for proofreading word-processed text

 

335.    January 22, 1999

Watch for Aeeking snout hogwash@ when proofreading

 

368.    October 8, 1999

Proofreading horror stories need not be repeated

 

371.  October 29, 1999

Hereís the best of the worst proofreading lapses

 

450.  July 6, 2001

Revising is not the same as proofreading

 

513.  October 25, 2002

Proofread to avoid embarrassing errors

 

607.  October 8, 2004

Find 12 proofreading errrors in this text

 

666.    January 9, 2006

           A proofreading puzzle for the new year

 

743.    August 27, 2007

          Proofread this column for a word puzzle

 

796.    March 30, 2009

          Proofread this column to solve a puzzle

 

814.    January 4, 2010

          A proofreading puzzle for the new decade 

 

844.    July 18, 2011

          Careful proofreading helps you avoid arousing your reader

 

863.    May 8, 2012

Web    If youíre editing only on screen, youíre missing the big picture

 

952.    October 27, 2015

          Watch for secreting banks and swimming trains when proofreading

 


 

+Promoting good writing, editing relationships, and working with an editor; promote; critic.

(See Editing & revising text [techniques, not editing relationship])

 

19.      April 17, 1992

Keys   How to be a good critic to those who write for you

Web

 

29.      June 26, 1992

Giving writing assignments without bruising egos

 

30.      July 3, 1992
           How to promote good writing in the work place

 

60.      March 5, 1993

          Wanted:  Top-level managers to edit staff writing

 

95.      December 10, 1993

          Successful dictation depends on collaboration

 

123.    June 24, 1994

          So you want to criticize your bossís writing?

 

131.    September 16, 1994

          Judging a company by the quality of its writing

 

147.    January 13, 1995

Keys   How to cope with an overly zealous editor

 

187.    November 17, 1995

Keys   Instructors and editors can make you hate writing

 

270.    August 29, 1997

GD      Letís clear up misconceptions about writers and editors

 

373.  November 12, 1999

Communicating across racial lines requires trust

 

443.  April 27, 2001

Improving the writing of your employees

 

684.  May 15, 2006

Web    Reduce conflict in editing relationships

 

734.  June 11, 2007

Offer advice to younger writers

 

745.    September 10, 2007

Web    Itís okay for editors to be fussy and writers to be touchy

 

768.    February 25, 2008

          When should you correct someoneís grammar?

 


 

+Inclusive./sexist language; sexist.

 

22.   May 8, 1992

Col      Use precise language that is fair to both sexes

 

23.      May 15, 1992

How to avoid the Ageneric he@ but not be awkward

 

24.      May 22, 1992

Col      Having fun with The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage

 

25.   May 29, 1992

How to word salutation when recipient is unknown

 

26.      June 5, 1992

Priorities:  Good grammar or bias-free language?

 

27.      June 12, 1992

Every writer wishes they could solve this issue

 

203.    March 15, 1996

Web    Avoid using exclusive language that can offend
Keys

237.    December 13, 1996

          Follow the rules for forms of address and salutations

 

309.  June 19, 1998

Tips     Eliminating unintentional bias from your writing

MC

343.  March 19, 1999

Col      Gender differences may muddy communications

 

466.    November 2, 2001

Col      Every writer wishes they could be inclusive

Tips MC

710.  December 11, 2006

GD      Be inclusive but not awkward

 


 

+Salutations., salutation.

 

25.     May 29, 1992
          How to word salutation when recipient is unknown

 

112.    April 8, 1994

          AYo, Reader!@ and other salutations of the í90s

 

237.    December 13, 1996

          Follow the rules for forms of address and salutations

 

274.    September 26, 1997

          Unnecessary comma collection is overflowing

 

477.    January 25, 2002

Donít be intimidated by salutation rules

 

519.    December 13, 2002

Addressing the issue of invitation titles

 

523.    January 10, 2003

  Courtesy titles start letters, and debate

 

524.    January 17, 2003

Itís easy to miss with Mrs. and Ms.

 

662.    December 12, 2005

Good tidings for salutations

 


 

+Rules. (real vs. optional; changing) (also see correctness and usage)

 

28.   June 19, 1992

Web    RULES, Rules, and rules:  how to tell them apart

 

142.    December 9, 1994

Web    To write correctly, you gotta learn the rules

 

203.    March 15, 1996

Web    Avoid using exclusive language that can offend

Keys

249.  March 7, 1997

          A short list of common business writing errors

 

525.  January 24, 2003

Arbitrary grammar rules are annoying

 

605.  September 24, 2004

Take the grammar challenge

 

716.  January 22, 2007

Writing assessment will identify your weaknesses

 

782.    September 15, 2008

          A harvest moon illuminates your career

MC

865.    June 5, 2012

Web    Capitalization rules will bring order to the chaos

947.    August 18, 2015

          Break any rule you like, as long as itís clear you meant to

 

953.    November 10, 2015

           Top ten reasons why you should learn and use proper grammar

 

954.    November 24, 2015

          Ten more reasons to use proper grammar and recognize its power

 

961.    March 1, 2016

          Save our language: Make certain your verbs agrees with their subjects

 

962.    March 15, 2016

          Take back the English language: Vote for subject-verb agreement

 

 


 

+Elements of effective writing, principles of effective writing; elements.

 

31.      July 10, 1992

How do you define effective business writing?

 

65.      April 9, 1993

Five easy lessons in clear and effective writing

 

447.  May 25, 2001
Web    Use five elements to evaluate your effectiveness

 

525.    January 24, 2003

Arbitrary grammar rules are annoying

 

547.  July 11, 2003

Edit according to five elements of communication

 

747.  September 24, 2007

Approach and strategy come before words

 

829.    September 20, 2010

          Tell íem what youíre looking for when grading papers

 


 

+Metaphor and analogy; meta.; metaphor.; figurative.

 

36.      September 11, 1992

Keys   Metaphors are fine, but avoid cliches like the plague

Web

211.    May 10, 1996

Tips    Show restraint in using metaphor and analogy

 

310.  June 26, 1998

Col      Writing with style requires playfulness, imagination

 

342.    March 12, 1999

Keys   Metaphor is an incomparable way to make a point

 

357.    June 25, 1999

Keys   Use analogies to clarify or reinforce your meaning

 

431.    February 2, 2001

Col      Clichťs:  Should we avoid them like the plague?

Web; MC

504.    August 16, 2002

Col      Imaginative writing is the most memorable

MC

535.    April 18, 2003

Web    Technical subjects neednít be dry
Tips? MC

876.    November 20, 2012 (attorneys)

MC      The first time it rained cats and dogs was brilliant; now itís a clichť

 


 

+Cliches.; Clichťs.

 

36.      September 11, 1992

Keys   Metaphors are fine, but avoid cliches like the plague

Web

 

431.    February 2, 2001

Col      Clichťs:  Should we avoid them like the plague?

Web; MC

876.    November 20, 2012 (attorneys)

MC      The first time it rained cats and dogs was brilliant; now itís a clichť

 

 


 

+Thank-you letters; thanks. (see goodwill)

 

37.      September 18, 1992

A simple recipe for terrific instant thank-you letters

 

55.      January 29, 1993

Touching letter offers good reason to say thanks

 

301.    April 24, 1998

Web    Writing effective thank-you letters can be difficult

 

378.    December 24, 1999

  Say thanks to the people who made a difference

 

406.  August 4 , 2000

Put your best face forward when saying thanks

 

414.    September 29, 2000

Web    Smart writers know value of working with editors

 

489.    April 19, 2002

Web    The doís and doníts of saying thank you

 

529.  February 28, 2003

Col      Timeliness, sincerity make thank-you notes meaningful

 

559.    October 3, 2003

That simple magic word: Thanks

 

565.    November 14, 2003

Col      Putting a face on your words

 

634.  May 2, 2005

Donít wait to say thanks

 

835.    December 27, 2010

          Write from your readerís perspective


 

+Fund-raising; fundraising.

 

39.      October 2, 1992

How to write fund-raising letters that never fail

 

141.  December 2, 1994

Web    Effective fund-raising letters in 10 easy steps

 

228.    October 4, 1996

  Getting the most out of your fund-raising letters

 

385.    February 11, 2000

Col      Open Book newsletter:  effective writing spelled out

 


 

+Persuasive. writing; persuade.

 

40.      October 9, 1992

Venting your anger and psyching out your enemy

 

165.  May 19, 1995

Keys   Combine rhetorical styles for most persuasive writing

 

167.  June 2, 1995

  Follow five-part formula for persuasive writing

 

170.    June 23, 1995

Web    Rules of evidence are key to persuasive writing

 

185.    November 3, 1995

Web    Broad vocabulary complements analytical writing

MC

195.  January 19, 1996

Web    Use Rogerian persuasion with a hostile audience

 

214.    May 31, 1996

Web    Now for five easy lessons in persuasive writing

 

216.    June 14, 1996

  Persuasive strategy needed in baseball, business

Col.

233.    November 8, 1996

Keys   Hedges and intensifiers are important in persuasion

 

303.  May 8, 1998 (persuasive writing)
MC      Adapt your style and your approach to the occasion

 

351.    May 14, 1999

Keys   Recognize your readerís view as a persuasive strategy

 

385.    February 11, 2000

Col      Open Book newsletter:  effective writing spelled out

 

486.  March 29, 2002

Col      One good sentence can make an argument persuasive

 

515.    November 8, 2002

MBA 101: Strategies in persuasive writing

 

528.  February 21, 2003

Key element of writing is knowing your reader

 

534.  April 11, 2003

Col      A persona can help in persuasive advantage

MC

593.    July 2, 2004

Persuasive writing explains why

 

812.    November 16, 2009

Web    Win without making your opponent lose

 

831.    October 18, 2010

Web    Rogerian persuasion turns losers into winners

 

832.    November 8, 2010

  Consensus, not compromise, should be our goal

 

845.    August 1, 2011(Rogerian)

           Good communicators know how to listen for solutions         

 

846.    August 15, 2011

          Persuasion is an ethical distortion of truth

 

885.    April 2, 2013

Rev2   Human outsmarts dog by manipulating rhetorical appeal

 

898.    October 1, 2013

MC      When writing to a hostile reader, take an indirect approach

 

933.    February 3, 2015

Web    Use Rogerian affirmation to connect with your reader

 


 

+Grant proposals; grants.

 

41.      October 16, 1992

Web    Grant proposals:  Writing is just part of the process

 

160.    April 14, 1995

   How to write a successful grant proposal

 

277.    October 17, 1997

Web    Writing with heart improves odds of getting grant

 

328.    December 4, 1998

Use the Internet for help with writing grant proposals

 

438.    March 23, 2001

Resources available for writing grant proposals

 


 

+Bad-news letters; bad news.; how to say no; sayno; get tough (See customer relations letters & angry letters above, complaint letters below)

 

43.      October 30, 1992

How to write a bad-news letter without being brutal

 

88.      October 15, 1993 (auditing)

In performance reviews, Aadequate@ not adequate

 

96.      December 17, 1993

How to say, AYouíre wrong,@ yet keep business

 

178.    September 15, 1995

Col      Bad-news letters are often short on diplomacy

 

275.  October 3, 1997

Web    Good managers deliver bad news in a nice way

 

338.  February 12, 1999

How to say no without sounding like a bureaucrat

 

365.    September 17, 1999

Write with Arespectful exasperation@ to get your way

 

404.    July 21, 2000

To say no without disrespect, acknowledge your reader

 


 

+AA day in the life@; columns using narrative. (See CommaMobile, Doc below)

GD

46.      November 20, 1992

  Parts of speech lost on unsuspecting writer

GD

47.      December 4, 1992

  Curing twin diseases:  misplaced & dangling modifiers

GD

61.   March 12, 1993 (Orson Welbers)

Keys   The war of the words B invasion of the bureaucrats

 

73.      June 4, 1993

Writing with the word processor B a personal history

 

95.      December 10, 1993

  Successful dictation depends on collaboration

 

128.    July 29, 1994

  Caring about language in the future electronic age

Col

129.    September 2, 1994 (Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House & business writing)

  A little business writing lesson on the prairie

 

151.  February 10, 1995

  ALimiting modifiers@ can limit your meaning

GD

152.  February 17, 1995

  Writing (and responding to) collection letters

 

186.    November 10, 1995

Col      Lifeís little lessons teach us about communication

 

197.  February 2, 1996

  Unique Caribbean cruise caters to business writers

GD

198.    February 9, 1996

  You canít beat Strunk & White on a cruise ship

GD

216.    June 14, 1996

  Persuasive strategy needed in baseball, business

Col.

218.    June 28, 1996

           A running account of how to improve your writing

 

221.    August 16, 1996

  Steam-room philosophizing on English language

GD; Col.

223.    August 30, 1996

GD      Just another day in the life of a writing consultant

 

243.    January 24, 1997

  How to interview a Minnesotan in midwinter

 

244.    January 31, 1997

  The three secrets to becoming a better writer

 

245.    February 7, 1997

Col      Writing assessment is sweetheart of a valentine gift

 

247.    February 21, 1997

  Questions to ask yourself before and about writing (Munter)

 

250.    March 14, 1997

GD      Spring is good time to toss out unneeded commas

 

252.    March 28, 1997

Col      Use the right words to communicate precisely

 

261.  May 30, 1997

           Itís a crime the way some people use language

 

282.    November 21, 1997

Writing internationally demands extra precision

 

294.  March 6, 1998

     Effective communication depends on correct usage

 

307.    June 5, 1998

Col      Grammar fixer unable to keep up with all the work

GD

317.    September 11, 1998

          Reading this story, dangling modifiers can be found

 

333.    January 8, 1999

           Rhetorical devices will rekindle your love life

MC

372.    November 5, 1999

Col      Use variety in sentence structure to add energy

MC

 381. January 14, 2000
GD      Let your readers know what is, not what is not

 

402.    July 7, 2000

Col      To write coherently, let one thought lead to the next

GD

408   August 18, 2000

GD      Go ahead:  Split infinitive; end with prepositions

 

442.    April 20, 2001

Keep your modifiers near the things they modify

 

444.    May 4, 2001

Col      Bargaining for some punctuation marks

GD

455.  August 10, 2001
MC      To survive as a writer, donít trust modifiers

 

468.    November 16, 2001

Col      Get (right) to the point to connect with readers

 


 

+Dialogue with ADoc.@ (See Narrative above & CommaMobile & George below)

GD

46.      November 20, 1992

  Parts of speech lost on unsuspecting writer

GD

47.      December 4, 1992

  Curing twin diseases:  misplaced & dangling modifiers

GD

151.  February 10, 1995

  ALimiting modifiers@ can limit your meaning

GD

317.    September 11, 1998

          Reading this story, dangling modifiers can be found

 

324.  October 30, 1998
GD      Unstack those noun stacks to improve your writing

 

336.  January 29, 1999

GD      Evaluate your writing according to five key elements

 

 381. January 14, 2000
GD      Let your readers know what is, not what is not

 

402.    July 7, 2000

Col      To write coherently, let one thought lead to the next

GD

408.  August 18, 2000
GD      Go ahead:  Split infinitive; end with prepositions

 

442.    April 20, 2001

Keep your modifiers near the things they modify

 

452.  July 20, 2001

Col      Donít make your sentences sound monotonous

GD MC

462.  October 5, 2001

Col      When spelling, donít compound the error

GD

496.    June 14, 2002

Col      Try reeling in those dangling modifiers

Web

GD

505.  August 23, 2002

GD      Good editors should understand their role

 

546.  July 4, 2003

GD      Navigating gerunds and participles

 

567.  December 5, 2003
GD      If youíve got it, donít flout it

 

568.  December 12, 2003
GD      Writers often flout usage rules

 

598.    August 6, 2004

GD      Donít let modifiers leave you dangling

 

688.  June 26, 2006

           When dangling, watch those modifiers

 

726.  April 2, 2007
GD      Noun stacks make your writing sound flat

 

773.    April 28, 2008

          Four steps to becoming a better writer

 

968.    June 7, 2016

          Changes in language rules, both big and small, are perplexing

 


 

+Dangling modifiers.; dangling., misplaced modifiers., misplaced.

 

46.      November 20, 1992

  Parts of speech lost on unsuspecting writer

GD

47.      December 4, 1992

  Curing twin diseases:  misplaced & dangling modifiers

GD

317.    September 11, 1998

          Reading this story, dangling modifiers can be found

 

398.  May 12, 2000

Good writers donít leave their readers dangling

 

402.    July 7, 2000

Col      To write coherently, let one thought lead to the next

GD

442.    April 20, 2001

Keep your modifiers near the things they modify

 

496.    June 14, 2002

Col      Try reeling in those dangling modifiers

Web

GD

505.  August 23, 2002

GD      Good editors should understand their role

 

546.  July 4, 2003

GD      Navigating gerunds and participles

 

598.    August 6, 2004

GD      Donít let modifiers leave you dangling

 

640.  June 13, 2005

Reader questions things that dangle

 

652.    October 3, 2005

English majors are life of party

 

688.  June 26, 2006

           When dangling, watch those modifiers

 

752.    November 5, 2007

Dangling modifiers can slip by you

 

753.    November 12, 2007
GD      Grammar is a matter of relationship

 

851.    November 8, 2011

MC      A dangling modifier identification and elimination exercise

 

875.    October 23, 2012

          Protect your credibility by avoiding three common writing errors

 

940.    May 12, 2015

          To connect with your reader, personalize; donít nominalize

 

 

 


 

+Lawyers. & legal writing; legal.

 

48.      December 11, 1992

Does anybody know why lawyers write the way they do?

 

108.  March 11, 1994
GD      The gentle art of writing to stupefy your reader

 

177.  September 8, 1995

Web    William Kunstlerís last will and testament

GD

287.    January 16, 1998

Web    Lawyers are experts on persuasive writing

 

384.  February 4, 2000
GD      With bookís help, even lawyers can use plain English

 

427.    January 5, 2001

Col      Legal style can include wit, but not Alegalese@

 

474.    January 4, 2002

Double negatives obscure your meaning

 

490.    April 26, 2002

Legal writers are unbuttoning their collars

 

580.    March 19, 2004
Web    Judge puts poor writing on trial

 

644.  July 25, 2005

Legal writing techniques make the case      

 

679.  April 10, 2006

Legal writing advice from the experts

 

759.  December 24, 2007

  Hereís a holiday puzzle for you/ Solve a puzzle involving nonrestrictive commas

 

 

774.    May 12, 2008

          Good teachers emphasize the positive

 

877.    December 11, 2012

          Attorneys are working to clean up the ďverbal trashĒ

 

 


 

+Creating goodwill.; Christmas.; holiday.

 

49.      December 18, 1992

  The power of positive thinking makes for good writing

 

50.      December 25, 1992

Goodwill letters create good feelings in any season

 

55.      January 29, 1993

Touching letter offers good reason to say thanks

 

97.      December 24, 1993

Handwritten notes of appreciation create goodwill

 

144.  December 23, 1994

  Friends will appreciate goodwill letters

 

191.    December 22, 1995

  íTis the season to put tidings of goodwill in writing

 

285.  December 19, 1997

  Offer some good cheer when writing to associates

 

331.    December 25, 1998

  Writing can bring out the best in you and in others

 

378.    December 24, 1999

  Say thanks to the people who made a difference

 

425.    December 22, 2000

  Positive writing can help spread holiday goodwill

 

472.    December 21, 2001

Col      Let your writing show generosity of spirit

 

520.    December 20, 2002

  A good time to show your appreciation

 

615.    December 20, 2004

  Send a message your reader will never forget

 

664.  December 26, 2005

  Remember that personal connection

 

712.  December 25, 2006

Web    Use your writing to create goodwill

 

758.  December 17, 2007

  Goodwill is a powerful force

 

788.    December 8, 2008

  Have faith in the goodness of humankind

 

813.    December 14, 2009

  Spread some kindness with your writing

 

834.    December 6, 2010

  Have some holiday cheer with this puzzle

 

853.    December 13, 2011 (Itís a Wonderful Life parody)

          Good writers protect their team members from harsh critics

 

878.    December 18, 2012

          Use hyphens to punctuate the holidays with laughter

 

904.    December 24, 2013

          Send a goodwill message to make someone happy this year

 

930.    December 23, 2014

          íTis the season to appreciate the simple gifts in life

 

956.    December 22, 2015

Use your words to reach beyond the things that divide us

 

982.    December 20, 2016

          Resolve to use writing to make the world a better place in 2017

 

 


 

+MC.; Mastering.; Mastering the Craft of Writing

 

32.      July 17, 1992

  So many words, so strong the urge to ďredunderizeĒ

GD

46.      November 20, 1992

GD      Parts of speech lost on unsuspecting writer

 

47.      December 4, 1992

GD      Curing twin diseases:  Misplaced and dangling modifiers

 

120.         June 3, 1994

Web    The seven habits of highly effective writers

 

171.    June 30, 1995 (with 182?)

Web    Elegance adds power to business writing

MC

 

185.    November 3, 1995

Web    Broad vocabulary complements analytical writing

MC

 

192.    December 29, 1995

MC      Forget New Yearís resolutions and pursue passions

 

210.    May 3, 1996

Col      Three lessons on punctuation, purpose, paragraphs

MC

 

227.    September 27, 1996
MC      Action verbs and detail will enliven your style

 

281.  November 14, 1997

Col      Humor appeals to your audienceís intelligence (flight attendant)

MC

 

303.  May 8, 1998 (persuasive writing)
MC      Adapt your style and your approach to the occasion

 

308.    June 12, 1998

MC      Three ways to use the passive voice effectively

 

309.  June 19, 1998

Tips     Eliminating unintentional bias from your writing

MC

312.  August 7, 1998

  Use your imagination to give writing personality

GD MC

325.    November 6, 1998

Keys   Variety in sentence structure adds life to writing

 MC

333.  January 8, 1999

  Rhetorical devices will rekindle your love life

MC

334.  January 15, 1999
MC      Here are six not-so-easy ways to improve your writing

 

341.    March 5, 1999

Web    A good vocabulary will make you a better writer

MC

345.    April 2, 1999

Col      Use your imagination when you write

MC

372.    November 5, 1999

Col      Use variety in sentence structure to add energy

MC

390.    March 17, 2000

Col      Message is muddled by meaningless modifiers (Key West)

MC

397.    May 5, 2000

Keys   Contradiction, paradox can be attention-getters

MC

412.    September 15, 2000
GD      Learn one word a week to write more effectively

MC

422.    December 1, 2000

Col      End with the thought you intend to develop next (expletives)

MC

429.    January 19, 2001

Col      To write memorably, listen to your language

MC

430.    January 26, 2001

Col      Tight sentence endings can set your words free

MC

434.    February 23, 2001

Col      Punctuation can create special effects B try it

MC

435.    March 2, 2001

Col      Using punctuation . . . for full range of effects

MC

441.    April 13, 2001

13M    To make a vivid impression, appeal to the senses

Col MC

 

454.  August 3, 2001

MC      Punctuation can give your writing style

 

452.  July 20, 2001

Col      Donít make your sentences sound monotonous

GD MC

455.  August 10, 2001
MC      To survive as a writer, donít trust modifiers

 

458.  August 31, 2001

MC      Keep words running on a parallel track

 

466.  November 2, 2001

Col      Every writer wishes they could be inclusive

Tips MC

504.    August 16, 2002

Col      Imaginative writing is the most memorable

MC

512.    October 18, 2002

Col      Gehrig, like Lincoln, used repetition for effect

MC

517.    November 22, 2002

Col      Spoonful of humor helps you connect {Jamisonís An Unquiet Mind}

MC

526.  January 31, 2003
MC      Watch out for that that that confuses writers

 

534.  April 11, 2003

Col      A persona can help in persuasive advantage

MC

535.    April 18, 2003

Web    Technical subjects neednít be dry
Tips? MC

551.    August 8, 2003

Col      Real style begins with substance (Bob Hope)

MC

555.  September 5, 2003
MC      Learn to edit for common errors

 

571.    January 16, 2004
Col      When can you trust a modifier?

MC

587.  May 7, 2004
MC      Wanton wordiness obscures the point

 

590.    May 28, 2004
Col      Put your verbiage on a diet

MC

601.    August 27, 2004

Col      Count your commas for variety

MC

611.  November 22, 2004
MC      Writing is a two-stage process

 

619.  January 17, 2005

Web    Use precise vocabulary to avoid clichťs and wordiness

MC

629.    March 28, 2005
MC      Use verbs to propel your sentences

 

641.  June 20, 2005

Web    Write in sentences, but think in paragraphs

MC

651.  September 26, 2005

MC      Semicolons add grace to your writing

 

653.    October 10, 2005

Tips     Nonparallel structure is awkward

MC

658.  November 14, 2005
MC      Learn to recognize five types of wordiness

 

698.    September 18, 2006
  Learn to recognize wordy expressions

MC

700.  October 2, 2006

MC      Verb forms can make you crazy

 

706.    November 13, 2006
MC      Wordiness obscures good writing        

 

709.    December 4, 2006

Tips    Use rhetorical sentences for effect

MC

710.  December 11, 2006

GD      Be inclusive but not awkward

 

720.  February 19, 2007

Web    Expand your vocabulary to communicate

MC

723.    March 12, 2007
MC      Prefer the active voice
B mostly

 

822.    May 17, 2010 (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) (with 171)
Web    Grammar goes beyond practicality to beauty and grace

WC

837.    February 14, 2011
MC      Charge yourself $5 for every word you write

 

838.    February 28, 2011
MC      Position your words for maximum effect

 

851.    November 8, 2011

MC      A dangling modifier identification and elimination exercise

 

852.    November 22, 2011

MC      Reach inside yourself to write with integrity, conviction, and style

 

855.    January 10, 2012

GD      How good are you on a scale of one to 10?

 

856.    January 24, 2012

Tips     Snarky and snarkier readers weigh in on correct grammar

MC

861.    April 10, 2012

MC      Effective communication depends on precise word choice

 

876.    November 20, 2012 (attorneys)

MC      The first time it rained cats and dogs was brilliant; now itís a clichť  

 

882.    February 19, 2013
MC      Use dashes for dashing effect Ė with or without spaces

 

886.    April 16, 2013

Web    Structure your paragraphs so that the reader gets the point

MC

887.    April 30, 2013

Web    Use paragraphs for four Cs: clarity, coherence, control, and credibility

MC

892.    July 9, 2013

MC      Unstack those noun stacks to animate your writing (Turtle Bread)

 

897.    September 23, 2013

MC      Here are five somewhat easy ways to improve your vocabulary

 

896.    September 3, 2013

MC      Adapt your level of formality to your reader, subject, and occasion

 

898.    October 1, 2013

MC      When writing to a hostile reader, take an indirect approach

 

899.    October 15, 2013

MC      Avoid overly formal language to make yourself approachable

 

901.    November 12, 2013

Web    The active voice is usually, but not always, the better choice

MC

903.    December 10, 2013

MC      You canít use the active voice until you get to the transitive

 

908.    February 18, 2014

MC      Use strong action verbs to drive home your point


 

+New Yearís Resolutions.; New Yearís.

 

51.      January 1, 1993

New Yearís resolutions for improving your writing

 

98.      December 31, 1993

This year, resolve to improve your writing skills

 

145.  December 30, 1994

  For New Yearís resolutions, take a tip from Ben

 

192.    December 29, 1995

MC      Forget New Yearís resolutions and pursue passions

 

239.    December 27, 1996

  Want to write better?  Set goals, then get to work

 

286.  January 9, 1998

  Make New Yearís resolutions to improve your writing

 

332.    January 1, 1999

  Use your writing skills to improve the lives of others

 

379.    December 31, 1999

  Resolve to improve writing skills in new millennium

 

426.    December 29, 2000

  New Yearís resolution:  Look it up; donít guess

 

473.    December 28, 2001

  Be more interesting as a writer in 2002

 

521.  December 27, 2002

  Resolve to write your book; stop procrastinating

 

569a.  December 29, 2003 (Fort Worth & Orange County only)

  Donít worry; be persistent B if not happy

 

616.    December 27, 2004

  Make your list and check it twice

 

665.    January 2, 2006

  Resolve to be resolute

 

713.  January 1, 2007

  Make your resolutions now!

 

760b.          December 31, 2007 (OC only)

  Itís not too late to make those New Yearís resolutions   

 

789.    December 22, 2008

  A New Yearís proofreading puzzle

 

814.    January 4, 2010

          A proofreading puzzle for the new decade 

 

854.    December 27, 2011

          Resolve to share your knowledge with a younger writer

 

904.    December 24, 2013

          Send a goodwill message to make someone happy this year

 

931.    January 6, 2015

Web    Reading will make you a better writer and a better person

 


+Writing as process. (See
AGeneral writing principles, approaches@)

 

51.      January 1, 1993

New Yearís resolutions for improving your writing

 

86.      October 1, 1993

Some operating principles that apply to writing

 

98.      December 31, 1993

This year, resolve to improve your writing skills

 

100.    January 14, 1994

Col      Lessons learned after 100 columns on writing

 

104.  February 11, 1994

Everything you need to know about editing

 

120.         June 3, 1994
Web    The seven habits of highly effective writers

 

322.    October 16, 1998

Keys   ASeat time@ is what counts with long writing projects

 

420.    November 10, 2000

Tips on how to make writing more enjoyable

 

461.  September 28, 2001

Encouraging words to improve attitude

 

516.    November 15, 2002

Col      Stephen Kingís advice for on-the-job writers

 

521.  December 27, 2002

  Resolve to write your book; stop procrastinating

 

537.  May 2, 2003

Approach writing one step at a time

 

539.  May 16, 2003

When drafting, just keep moving forward

 

596.  July 23, 2004

Col      Make your first draft a rough draft

 

757.  December 10, 2007

How to make writing less tedious, more enjoyable

 

764.    January 28, 2008

Writing involves skinning and layering

 

859.    March 13, 2012

          Four ways to help team members develop their writing skills

 

942.    June 9, 2015

Web    A writing checklist will help you be a competent, persuasive writer

 

943.    June 23, 2015

Web    An editing checklist will help you know when youíre ready to send

 

966.    May 10, 2016

          That report had to be perfect

 

970.    July 5, 2016

           Self-assessment and a checklist will help you write efficiently


 

+Common errors.; correctness.; correct.; assessment.; assess.; goals (Includes usage, but see separate usage grouping; also see Rules.)

 

52.   January 8, 1993

Are common errors undermining your credibility?

 

113.  April 15, 1994

Col      The seven sins of highly ineffective writers

 

117.         May 13, 1994

  Readers identify five particularly annoying errors

 

122.  June 17, 1994

  See if you can find the misused/missused words

 

142.    December 9, 1994

Web    To write correctly, you gotta learn the rules

 

155.    March 10, 1995

          How many miss spelled words can you find?

 

157.    March 24, 1995

          Create a personalized proofreading checklist (link to error checklist)

 

180.  September 29, 1995

  Some errors damage credibility more than others

 

196.    January 26, 1996

Web    How well does your business writing measure up?

 

229.    October 11, 1996

Keys   What goals do you have for yourself as a writer?

 

245.    February 7, 1997

Col      Writing assessment is sweetheart of a valentine gift

 

249.  March 7, 1997

  A short list of common business writing errors

 

252.    March 28, 1997

Col      Use the right words to communicate precisely

 

260.    May 23, 1997

Use a writing assessment to help hire the right person

 

263.  June 13, 1997
Col      Can you avoid 30 common word-choice errors?

 

293.    February 27, 1998

Web    Are you making any of these 15 common errors?

 

294.  March 6, 1998

   Effective communication depends on correct usage

 

339.  February 19, 1999

  Watch out for these commonly confused word pairs

 

350.    May 7, 1999

          Punctuation errors can make you appear dumb

 

361.  August 20, 1999

Donít distract your reader with errors, big or small

 

374.  November 19, 1999

Optional punctuation may spur semicolon addicts

 

391.  March 24, 2000

          Choose your words carefully to enhance credibility

 

394.  April 14, 2000

Are you hiring people who know how to write?

 

398.  May 12, 2000

Good writers donít leave their readers dangling

 

462.  October 5, 2001

Col      When spelling, donít compound the error

GD

467.  November 9, 2001

Col      Little errors add up to big distractions

 

476.  January 18, 2002

Weekly exercises can get writing into shape

 

484.  March 15, 2002

Writing errors come in three varieties

 

506.  September 6, 2002

Avoiding common errors is a matter of pride

MC

522.    January 3, 2003

Put your copyediting expertise to the test

 

533.  April 4, 2003

Assess your ability to find common errors

 

555.  September 5, 2003
MC      Learn to edit for common errors

 

567.  December 5, 2003
GD      If youíve got it, donít flout it

 

568.  December 12, 2003
GD      Writers often flout usage rules

 

583.    April 9, 2004
Col      Know when to bend the rules

 

585.  April 23, 2004

  Put your editing skills to the test

 

603.  September 10, 2004
Col      Take the punctuation challenge

 

605.  September 24, 2004

Take the grammar challenge

 

645.  August 1, 2005

Brush up to make a better impression

 

650.    September 19, 2005

Put an end to three common errors

 

669.  January 30, 2006

GD      Look-alike words can be confusing    

 

670.  February 6, 2006

Col      Donít annoy your reader with these errors

 

697.  September 11, 2006

Assess your writing skills in five areas

 

716.  January 22, 2007

Writing assessment will identify your weaknesses

 

718.    February 5, 2007

Thereís always time to work on your writing

 

730.  April 30, 2007

          Pronoun-antecedent agreement worth fighting over

 

741.  August 13, 2007

Eliminate 75 common errors from your writing

 

768.    March 3, 2008

          On a scale of 1 to 5, how good are you?

 

775.    May 26, 2008

          Errors undermine your credibility

 

800.    May 25, 2009

          Grammar quizzes will keep your employees happy

 

830.    October 4, 2010

Donít let habit and generalization stand in your way

 

855.    January 10, 2012

GD      How good are you on a scale of one to 10?

 

858.    February 28, 2012

          Singular advice on getting your verbs and subjects to agree

 

875.    October 23, 2012

          Protect your credibility by avoiding three common writing errors

 

934.    February 17, 2015

          To get your grammar right, connect your thoughts

 

936.    March 17, 2015

           Thereís me and you to worry about, as well as the English language

 

937.    March 31, 2015

          Are language skills declining; if so, is the process ďreversibleĒ?

945.    July 21, 2015
           What are your most persistent, harmless, and damaging errors?

 

950.    September 29, 2015

Is the sky falling with our increasingly common writing errors?

959.    February 2, 2016

          Are you conveying incompetence every time you write?

 

966.    May 10, 2016

          That report had to be perfect

 

974.    August 30, 2016

You may lie down after you lay down the law about word choice

 

975.    September 13, 2016

          Where does the truth lie or lay with these two verbs?

 

976.    September 27, 2016

Web    How well do you know the rules of subject-verb agreement?

977.    October 11, 2016

          Quiz on subject-verb agreement was a bit off


978.    October 25, 2016

          Between you and me, wrong pronouns undermine credibility

 

980.    November 22, 2016

Web    Can you find where 26 commas are missing in this column?

 

 

 


 

+Humor.

 

59.      February 26, 1993

Humor can establish common ground with your reader

 

91.      November 5, 1993

Humor can take you far B sometimes too far

 

265.    June 27, 1997

Keys   Humor can be a powerful tool of communication

 

281.  November 14, 1997

Col      Humor appeals to your audienceís intelligence (flight attendant)

MC

344.    March 26, 1999

Keys   To convey personality, use energy, surprise, humor { Whoopi Goldberg}

 

517.    November 22, 2002

Col      Spoonful of humor helps you connect {Jamisonís An Unquiet Mind}

MC

599.    August 13, 2004

Tips     Two-liners can be unforgettable (quotes)

 

 


 

+Bureaucrat.; bureaucratic writing

 

61.   March 12, 1993 (Orson Welbers)

Keys   The war of the words B invasion of the bureaucrats

 

338.  February 12, 1999

How to say no without sounding like a bureaucrat

 

415.    October 6, 2000

Web    Writing like a bureaucrat takes study, practice

 

418.    October 27, 2000

Public servants deserve our respect, not our ridicule

 

419.    November 3, 2000

Web    Columnist uses secret weapon on bureaucrats

 


 

+Performance., performance reviews, perform.

62.   March 19, 1993

Web    Making performance reviews less of a burden

 

88.      October 15, 1993 (auditing)

           In performance reviews, Aadequate@ not adequate

 


 

+Word processing, computer., computers., e-mail., email., Net., Internet., texting., reading., handheld., technology. (Also see E-mail)

 

66.      April 16, 1993

How word processors help and hurt our writing

 

67.      April 23, 1993

  Itís writer vs. machine in a fight over language

 

73.      June 4, 1993

Writing with the word processor B a personal history

 

74.      June 11, 1993

Use the computer to help you think and write

 

76.      June 25, 1993

           New SlumberWrite software Arevolutionizes@ writing

Web

128.    July 29, 1994

           Caring about language in the future electronic age

Col

133.    September 30, 1994

          Writing with e-mail requires new skills and habits

 

140.    November 18, 1994

          Are you :-) or :-( about e-mailís impact on style?

 

169.    June 16, 1995 (Medtronic guidelines)

E-mail guidelines help avoid workplace problems

 

172.  August 4, 1995

If computers are so smart, why canít they think?

 

266.    August 1, 1997

Web    The Net can be a dream for teachers and students

 

271.    September 5, 1997

Web    Can new technology help us improve our writing?

 

291.  February 13, 1998

Web    Techniques for proofreading word-processed text

 

297.    March 27, 1998

How computers help B and harm B communication

 

302.    May 1, 1998 (Interview with Constance Hale)

  Digital age writing style captures spirit of our time

 

308.    June 12, 1998

MC      Three ways to use the passive voice effectively

 

363.    September 3, 1999

Web    Be careful of the drawbacks in hasty use of e-mail

 

411.  September 8, 2000

Keep scanners in mind when designing Web text

 

417.    October 20, 2000

Web    Follow e-mail etiquette to avoid being annoying

 

464.    October 19, 2001

Web    Donít let e-mail inbox control your time

 

511.    October 11, 2002

Col      Instant messaging can improve writing skills

 

530.  March 7, 2003

Col      Tell your computer, passive voice can be used to good effect

 

531.    March 14, 2003

Web    The doís and doníts for using e-mail effectively

 

596.  July 23, 2004

Col      Make your first draft a rough draft

 

635.  May 9, 2005
Web    Donít be a netcompoop

 

711.  December 18, 2006

GD      Use your computer to help you edit

 

727.  April 9, 2007

Make your messages inviting to read

 

746.  September 17, 2007

          Talking is still the best way to communicate

 

763.  January 21, 2008

Email impedes progress on long-term projects

 

778.    July 7, 2008

           Get the job done in three steps

 

808.    September 21, 2009

  Stop wasting my time with e-mail

 

810.    October 19, 2009

  Take control of e-mail before it takes control of you

 

821.    May 3, 2010

Web    Texting may be hazardous to your professional health

 

847.    September 5, 2011

          Beauty and truth will outlast language abuse

 

850.    October 24, 2011

           Donít let the computer dictate the way you write

 

863.    May 8, 2012

Web    If youíre editing only on screen, youíre missing the big picture

 

870.    August 14, 2012

Web    Standards of good writing evolve with changing technologies

 

871.    August 28, 2012

Web    Communication becomes less nuanced with new technologies

 

872.    September 11, 2012

Web    Even in the age of texting, handwriting has its place

 

884.    March 19, 2013

Web    Remembering how to write in a technology-driven world

 

913.    April 29, 2014
Web    Reading and writing in the era of handheld devices

 

914.    May 13, 2014

Web    Technology works best when paired with an educated human mind

 

923.    September 30, 2014

          Make it quick for you, clear and to the point for your reader

 

935.    March 3, 2015

          Do you ever wonder what technology is doing to your brain?

 

958.    January 19, 2016

          Does your writing voice differ from your personal voice?

 

 


 

+Public speaking, oral presentation skills

 

69.      May 7, 1993

How writing can help you prepare a terrific speech

 

273.  September 19, 1997 (Brian Kent Johnson)

Web    Writing and speaking require different skills

 

364.    September 10, 1999

What works in speaking may not work in writing

 


 

+Sales. letters/proposals

 

71.   May 21, 1993

Web    Sales letters succeed by linking product to need

 

92.      November 12, 1993

Web    Openings are key to successful sales letters

 

134.  October 7, 1994

Web    Personal pitches, not tricks, are what sell

 

175.    August 25, 1995

Web    How to make sales letters work like a charm

 

230.    October 18, 1996

  Successful sales letters focus on readerís interests

 

279.  October 31, 1997

  Attention-getting openings appeal to busy readers

 

289.    January 30, 1998

Web    Effective sales proposals focus on solving problems

 

392.  March 31, 2000

Col      Effective sales letters put readers first

 


 

+Elements of style; elegance and style; writing with style., personality. (Also see Sentence variety & Word choice)

 

72.      May 28, 1993

One MBA executiveís writing style:  a critique

 

80.      July 23, 1993

Keys   AHow can I learn to write with style?@

 

81.      July 30, 1993

Adapt your style to fit the audience, occasion

 

140.    November 18, 1994

          Are you :-) or :-( about e-mailís impact on style?

 

171.    June 30, 1995 (with 822)

Web    Elegance adds power to business writing

MC

182.    October 13, 1995

Keys   For a lively writing style, use strong verbs

 

217.    June 21, 1996

Keys   How to write long sentences that donít sprawl

 

225.    September 13, 1996

Keys    The beauty and utility of language are connected

Web

226.    September 20, 1996

Keys   Take a cue from Fitzgerald and his action verbs

 

227.    September 27, 1996
MC      Action verbs and detail will enliven your style

 

235.    November 22, 1996

Web    Five elements of writing with style and personality

Keys

257.    May 2, 1997

Keys   Long sentences, well managed, create special effects

 

299.    April 10, 1998

Keys   Principles of composition are not elements of style

 

310.  June 26, 1998

Col      Writing with style requires playfulness, imagination

 

312.  August 7, 1998

  Use your imagination to give writing personality

GD MC

319.    September 25, 1998

Keys   Word choice not everything, but itís pretty important

 

321.  October 9, 1998

Keys   Thereís always one more word to say about words

 

325.    November 6, 1998

Keys   Variety in sentence structure adds life to writing

 MC

344.    March 26, 1999

Keys   To convey personality, use energy, surprise, humor Whoopi Goldberg}

 

345.    April 2, 1999

Col      Use your imagination when you write

MC

369.    October 15, 1999

Keys   Punctuation allows the reader to hear your voice

 

370.    October 22, 1999

Keys   Use punctuation to convey the music of your words

 

372.    November 5, 1999

Col      Use variety in sentence structure to add energy

MC

382.    January 21, 2000

Keys   Key to interesting writing is to keep it moving

 

383.    January 28, 2000

Keys    Use your sentence endings to create emphasis

 

429.    January 19, 2001

Col      To write memorably, listen to your language

MC

452.  July 20, 2001

Col      Donít make your sentences sound monotonous

GD MC

512.    October 18, 2002

Col      Gehrig, like Lincoln, used repetition for effect

MC

514.  November 1, 2002

Tips    Teach writing style?  Perish the thought

 

535.    April 18, 2003

Web    Technical subjects neednít be dry
Tips? MC

551.    August 8, 2003

Col      Real style begins with substance (Bob Hope)

MC

586.    April 30, 2004

Tips    What you donít say counts too

 

601.    August 27, 2004

Col      Count your commas for variety

MC

632.  April 18, 2005

Col      Itís time to brush up on style

 

633.  April 25, 2005

Col      Five more elements of style

 

675.  March 13, 2006

Web    Use five techniques of style to revise

 

709.    December 4, 2006

Tips    Use rhetorical sentences for effect

MC

738.  July 9, 2007

Col      Use 10 techniques to improve your style

 

786.    November 10, 2008

Col      Techniques of style add pizzazz

 

822.    May 17, 2010 (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) (with 171)
Web    Grammar goes beyond practicality to beauty and grace

WC

829.    September 20, 2010

          Tell íem what youíre looking for when grading papers

 

852.    November 22, 2011

MC      Reach inside yourself to write with integrity, conviction, and style

 

908.    February 18, 2014

MC      Use strong action verbs to drive home your point

 

909.    March 4, 2014

MC      Use antimetabole and chiasmus to make your sentences memorable

 

911.    April 1, 2014

MC      Use two schemes of repetition, anaphora and epistrophe, for elegance

 

925.    October 28, 2014

          Donít forget the third P of American business writing style

 

951.    October 13, 2015

          Choose your words to be the leader, and the person, you aspire to be


 

+Writing internationally, international.; cross-cultural communication, English as a second language (ESL)

 

75.      June 18, 1993

Web    Avoid common errors when writing internationally

Col

206.    April 5, 1996

Keys   English as a second language can be confusing

 

282.    November 21, 1997

Writing internationally demands extra precision

 

631.  April 11, 2005

Take care when writing internationally

 

656.  October 31, 2005

GD      Learning English can be daunting

 

862.    April 24, 2012

          Language competence can open the door to the world

 

866.    June 19, 2012 (China Connection)

Web    Choose your closing with an eye Ė and an ear Ė to relationship

 

867.    July 3, 2012

          Be wary of expressions with double meanings that can offend


 

+Literacy/education/writing instruction in the schools and colleges

 

84.      September 17, 1993

Who gets the blame for illiteracy in America?

 

215.    June 7, 1996

Why Johnny and Janie canít write so good

 

269.    August 22, 1997

Keys   Debunking some popular myths about writing

 


 

+Book recommendations/books./bibliography/bib.

 

83.      September 10, 1993

The book no business writer should be without

 

168.    June 9, 1995

Web    Here are three perfect gifts for June graduates

 

213.    May 24, 1996

Web    Books about writing are good gifts for graduates

 

231.    October 25, 1996

Select the writing handbook thatís right for you

 

258.    May 9, 1997

GD      Good writing skills needed for college and beyond

 

261.  May 30, 1997

           Itís a crime the way some people use language

 

304.    May 15, 1998

Web    Books make good gifts for high school graduates

 

352.  May 21, 1999

Undergrads need these tools for academic success

 

396.  April 28, 2000

Language skills among the keys to success

 

564.    November 7, 2003
Col      Successful writers take time to look it up

 


 

+Verbs., nominalizations.

 

89.      October 22, 1993

Keys   Verbing your nouns and nouning your verbs

 

182.    October 13, 1995

Keys   For a lively writing style, use strong verbs

 

226.    September 20, 1996

Keys   Take a cue from Fitzgerald and his action verbs

 

227.    September 27, 1996
MC      Action verbs and detail will enliven your style

 

253.    April 4, 1997

Keys   Use active voice and verbs for emphasis

 

377.    December 17, 1999

Col      Use action verbs to write with emphasis and style

 

407.    August11, 2000

Use nominalizations to inflict pain on your reader

 

629.    March 28, 2005
MC      Use verbs to propel your sentences

 

642.    June 27, 2005
Web    Subjects and verbs must agree

 

643.    July 18, 2005
Web    On the topic of verbs . . .

 

899.    October 15, 2013

MC      Avoid overly formal language to make yourself approachable

 

908.    February 18, 2014

MC      Use strong action verbs to drive home your point

 

940.    May 12, 2015

          To connect with your reader, personalize; donít nominalize

 

 

 

 

 


 

+Cross-racial communication; racial., race.

 

94.      December 3, 1993   

Keys   Trust is key to cross-racial writing criticism

 

373.  November 12, 1999

Communicating across racial lines requires trust

 

383.    January 28, 2000

Keys   Use your sentence endings to create emphasis

 


 

+CommaMobile.

95.      December 10, 1993

  Successful dictation depends on collaboration

 

223.    August 30, 1996

GD      Just another day in the life of a writing consultant

 

250.    March 14, 1997

GD      Spring is good time to toss out unneeded commas

 

282.    November 21, 1997

Writing internationally demands extra precision

 

307.    June 5, 1998

Col      Grammar fixer unable to keep up with all the work

GD

358.  July 30, 1999

  Columnist comes to the rescue in comma dispute

GD

377.    December 17, 1999

Col      Use action verbs to write with emphasis and style

 

419.    November 3, 2000

Web    Columnist uses secret weapon on bureaucrats

 

492.    May 10, 2002

           Comma errors survive shredding

 

609.    October 22, 2004

           Bringing common errors to a full stop

 

779.    July 21, 2008

GD      CommaMobile rids the world of errors

 

939.    April 28 2015

          Superhero drives his CommaMobile to rid the world of errors

 

 


 

+CommaMobile.; comma.; commas.

 

95.      December 10, 1993

  Successful dictation depends on collaboration

 

223.    August 30, 1996

GD      Just another day in the life of a writing consultant

 

250.    March 14, 1997

GD      Spring is good time to toss out unneeded commas

 

261.  May 30, 1997

           Itís a crime the way some people use language

 

270.    August 29, 1997

GD      Letís clear up misconceptions about writers and editors

 

282.    November 21, 1997

Writing internationally demands extra precision

 

307.    June 5, 1998

Col      Grammar fixer unable to keep up with all the work

GD

358.  July 30, 1999

  Columnist comes to the rescue in comma dispute

GD

377.    December 17, 1999

Col      Use action verbs to write with emphasis and style

 

419.    November 3, 2000

Web    Columnist uses secret weapon on bureaucrats

 

492.    May 10, 2002

           Comma errors survive shredding

 

609.    October 22, 2004

           Bringing common errors to a full stop

 

646.    August 22, 2005
Col      Canít get over that nonrestrictive comma

 

674.  March 6, 2006

GD      Think seriously about those commas

 

705.  November 6, 2006

How much is a comma worth?

 

779.    July 21, 2008

GD      CommaMobile rids the world of errors

 

819.    April 5, 2010

Web    Skydiving with nonrestrictive commas

 

868.    July 17, 2012

          Donít let missing nonrestrictive commas embarrass you and I

 

944.    July 7, 2015
Are you ready to declare your relationship with commas?

 

980.    November 22, 2016

Web    Can you find where 26 commas are missing in this column?

 

 


 

+Punctuation.; punctuate.; punct.

 

99.   January 7, 1994

Web    Using Athat@ or Awhich@ with that stupid comma

 

121.    June 10, 1994

ASIPBI Method@ helps keep vertical lists in order

 

124.    July 1, 1994

Web    Suffering from apostrophobia?  Hereís some help

GD

149.    January 27, 1995

  Punctuation enables readers to hear your voice

 

153.    February 24, 1995

Keys   An ode to the semicolon; use it for emphasis

 GD

 

174.    August 18, 1995

  Semicolon advice elicits passionate response

GD

204.  March 22, 1996

   A well-placed hyphen can lend writing c-l-a-r-i-t-y

 

232.  November 1, 1996

  To mark or not to mark introductory elements

 

250.    March 14, 1997

GD      Spring is good time to toss out unneeded commas

 

255.    April 18, 1997

Web    Apostrophobia and apostrophilia have genetic link

 

274.    September 26, 1997

          Unnecessary comma collection is overflowing

 

276.    October 10, 1997

Web    Compound words cause considerable confusion

 

280.    November 7, 1997

Web    Quotation marks make reading easy, writing hard

 

298.    April 3, 1998

Col      Punctuation, writing are hot topics on the ski slope

GD

350.    May 7, 1999

          Punctuation errors can make you appear dumb

 

358.  July 30, 1999

  Columnist comes to the rescue in comma dispute

GD

369.    October 15, 1999

Keys   Punctuation allows the reader to hear your voice

 

370.    October 22, 1999

Keys   Use punctuation to convey the music of your words

 

374.  November 19, 1999

Optional punctuation may spur semicolon addicts

 

433.    February 16, 2001

A midwinter dayís dream for semicolon lovers

 

434.    February 23, 2001

Col      Punctuation can create special effects B try it

MC

435.    March 2, 2001

Col      Using punctuation . . . for full range of effects

MC

444.    May 4, 2001

Col      Bargaining for some punctuation marks

GD

449.  June 29, 2001

          Apostrophes can be a conversation starter

 

454.  August 3, 2001

MC      Punctuation can give your writing style

 

503.  August 9, 2002

Col      There are just two rules for writers

 

526.  January 31, 2003
MC      Watch out for that that that confuses writers

 

527.    February 14, 2003

Looking for clarity in a brew of whiches

 

532.    March 28, 2003

Web    Know your dashes from your hyphens

 

536.    April 25, 2003

Web    Avoid catastrophe with an apostrophe

 

538.    May 9, 2003 (Golden Pen)

Web    Apostromania possesses readers

 

570.    January 9, 2004
Col      Commas can be risky business

 

581.  March 26, 2004

  Avoid Astupid@ comma errors (Lynne Truss)

 

582.  April 2, 2004

  British canít end comma confusion (Lynne Truss)

 

584.    April 16, 2004

GD      No cheer in using commas incorrectly

 

603.  September 10, 2004
Col      Take the punctuation challenge

 

608.  October 15, 2004

Donít let parentheses get you down

 

609.    October 22, 2004

           Bringing common errors to a full stop

 

626.  March 7, 2005

The rules for quotation marks can be tricky

 

627.  March 14, 2005
GD      Commas come in two varieties

 

628.  March 21, 2005

Knowing when to follow-up or follow up

 

636.    May 16, 2005

Col      AScholars (sic) Walk@ so named

Web

646.    August 22, 2005
Col      Canít get over that nonrestrictive comma

 

651.  September 26, 2005

MC      Semicolons add grace to your writing

 

661.  December 5, 2005

Ordering your closing punctuation marks

 

674.  March 6, 2006

GD      Think seriously about those commas

 

677.  March 27, 2006

GD      Donít forget those colons B or else

 

685.  May 22, 2006

Donít punctuate your writing with errors

 

705.  November 6, 2006

How much is a comma worth?

 

719.  February 12, 2007

Learn to be a punctilious punctuator

 

721.  February 26, 2007
          Form the possessive in two steps 

 

750.  October 22, 2007; rewritten January 4, 2017
 
When in doubt, dash away, dash away, dash away all

 

770.    March 17, 2008

          Commas come in two varieties

 

819.    April 5, 2010

Web    Skydiving with nonrestrictive commas

 

868.    July 17, 2012

          Donít let missing nonrestrictive commas embarrass you and I

 

878.    December 18, 2012

          Use hyphens to punctuate the holidays with laughter

 

879.    January 8, 2013

          Everyday punctuation rules are needed every day

 

882.    February 19, 2013
MC      Use dashes for dashing effect Ė with or without spaces

 

883.    March 5, 2013

          Punctilious readers pounce on punctuation peccadillos

 

944.    July 7, 2015
Are you ready to declare your relationship with commas?

 

971.    July 19, 2016

           Rumors of the periodís death have been greatly exaggerated

 

980.    November 22, 2016

Web    Can you find where 26 commas are missing in this column?

 

983.    January 24, 2017

  Use dots for thoughtful pauses and dashes for dashing effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

+Pronouns.

 

44.      November 6, 1992

Between you and I, us writers should know better

 

56.      February 5, 1993

Faithful readers at midpoint in 10-week exercise

 

99.   January 7, 1994

Web    Using Athat@ or Awhich@ with that stupid comma

 

135.    October 14, 1994

          To Awho@ or to Awhom@ and other tough questions

 

314.    August 21, 1998

Keys   Avoid indirect negatives and unnecessary thats

 

483.    March 8, 2002

A beautiful mind saves Awhom@ from extinction

 

487.    April 5, 2002

Col      Readers wonder whom they can turn to

 

526.  January 31, 2003
MC      Watch out for that that that confuses writers

 

527.    February 14, 2003

Looking for clarity in a brew of whiches

 

704.    October 30, 2006

          Readers are not short on ideas for topics

 


 

+100 columns; lessons learned

 

100.    January 14, 1994

Col      Lessons learned after 100 columns on writing

 

200.    February 23, 1996

            Lessons learned from 200 columns on writing

 

300.    April 17, 1998

           Lessons learned from 300 columns on writing

 

400.    June 23, 2000

           Lessons learned from 400 columns on writing

 

500.    July 19, 2002

Col      For 500th column, a pause to reflect

 

600.    August 20, 2004

          Bottom line is:  Writing matters

 

701.    October 9, 2006

           Lessons learned from writing 700 columns

 

799.    May 11, 2009

           Try to be the least of your editorís worries

 

900.    October 29, 2013

          Lessons learned from writing 900 columns on effective writing

 


 

+Closing emphasis., AVIP@ emphasis

 

103.    February 4, 1994

Keys   To write with emphasis, trim your endings

 

383.    January 28, 2000

Keys    Use your sentence endings to create emphasis

 

430.    January 26, 2001

Col      Tight sentence endings can set your words free

MC

838.    February 28, 2011
MC      Position your words for maximum effect

 


 

+Editing. & revising text; edit.; revise., revising. (techniques, not editing relationship; see APromoting good writing@)

 

104.  February 11, 1994

Everything you need to know about editing

 

240.    January 3, 1997

Keys   Here are five techniques for writing concisely

 

450.  July 6, 2001

Revising is not the same as proofreading

 

537.  May 2, 2003

Approach writing one step at a time

 

610.  October 29, 2004

Thank goodness for good editing

 

624.  February 21, 2005

Get it down, and then fix it up

 

849.    October 10, 2011

          Correcting errors is the last thing you should do

 

863.    May 8, 2012

Web    If youíre editing only on screen, youíre missing the big picture

 

869.    July 31, 2012

Web    Keep a scrap file when winnowing down to a specified length

 

 


 

+Nasty letters

 

110.    March 25, 1994

GD      Enter your first Annual Nasty Letter Contest

 

115.    April 29, 1994

  And the winner of the Nasty Letter Contest is . . .

Col

 

158.    March 31, 1995

GD?    Enter the Second Annual Nasty Letter Contest

 

162.    April 28, 1995

           The winner of the 1995 Nasty Letter Contest is . . .

 

556.    September 12, 2003

Col      Naturally nasty:  Try this contest

 

560.    October 10, 2003

Col      Angry letters by the bagful

 


 

+Correct usage.; abusage.; word choice.

 

122.  June 17, 1994

           See if you can find the misused/missused words

 

155.    March 10, 1995

          How many miss spelled words can you find?

 

252.    March 28, 1997

Col      Use the right words to communicate precisely

 

263.  June 13, 1997
Col      Can you avoid 30 common word-choice errors?

 

294.  March 6, 1998

     Effective communication depends on correct usage

 

305.    May 22, 1998

Web    Some word-choice errors hurt more than others

 

339.  February 19, 1999

  Watch out for these commonly confused word pairs

 

391.  March 24, 2000

          Choose your words carefully to enhance credibility

 

448.  June 1, 2001

GD      A wordís appearance can be deceptive

MC

618.    January 10, 2005

Web    Watch out for sound-alike words

GD

669.  January 30, 2006

GD      Look-alike words can be confusing    

 

696.    September 4, 2006

Back to school with correct usage

 

715.    January 15, 2007

  Oh, you canít bring that away from me

 

728.  April 16, 2007

Watch out for old habits in choosing your words

 

824.    June 21, 2010

Web    Donít let confusing word pairs Ė and triples Ė get you down

 

861.    April 10, 2012

MC      Effective communication depends on precise word choice

 

964.    April 12, 2016

          Watch out for homonyms and homonyms when choosing your words


 

+Apostrophes.; possessive.; possessive form; possessives.

 

124.    July 1, 1994

Web    Suffering from apostrophobia?  Hereís some help

GD

255.    April 18, 1997

Web    Apostrophobia and apostrophilia have genetic link

 

284.  December 12, 1997

Web    Four simple rules for forming possessives with names

 

449.  June 29, 2001
          Apostrophes can be a conversation starter

 

536.    April 25, 2003

Web    Avoid catastrophe with an apostrophe

 

538.    May 9, 2003 (Golden Pen)

Web    Apostromania possesses readers

 

636.    May 16, 2005

Col      AScholars (sic) Walk@ so named

Web

721.  February 26, 2007
          Form the possessive in two steps           

 

919. July 29, 2014

          To use Ė or not to use Ė apostrophes in names of organizations

 


 

+Family references:  Debbie, Eddy, Kate, Dad (incomplete list)

 

128.    July 29, 1994

  Caring about language in the future electronic age

Col

258.    May 9, 1997

GD      Good writing skills needed for college and beyond

 

298.    April 3, 1998

Col      Punctuation, writing are hot topics on the ski slope

GD

329.    December 11, 1998

Web    To engage your reader, open with your best sentence

 


 

+Resumes.

130.    September 9, 1994
Web    Dust off the old rťsumť in case of an emergency

 

795.    March 16, 2009

           Use writing skills to find your next job

 


 

+Letters of application.; applications.; college admissions essays, college.

 

132.  September 23, 1994

Web    Well-written application letter can open door to interview

 

224.    September 6, 1996

Web    How do you make your life a persuasive argument?

 

283.    December 5, 1997

Web    Personal essay is tough part of college application

 

329.    December 11, 1998

Web    To engage your reader, open with your best sentence

 

421.    November 17, 2000

Web    Some tips for handling college applications

 

498.  June 28, 2002

Use detail to make your writing come alive

 

578.    March 5, 2004
Col      Jobless?  Write a better letter

 

795.    March 16, 2009

           Use writing skills to find your next job

 

826.    August 2, 2010

Web    Look outside, then inside when applying for jobs

 

960.    February 16, 2016

           For your next job, ďDonít manage your career; manage what you doĒ

 


 

+E-mail., email. (Also see Computers above.)

 

133.    September 30, 1994

          Writing with e-mail requires new skills and habits

 

140.    November 18, 1994

          Are you :-) or :-( about e-mailís impact on style?

 

169.    June 16, 1995 (Medtronic guidelines)

E-mail guidelines help avoid workplace problems

 

302.    May 1, 1998 (Interview with Constance Hale)

  Digital age writing style captures spirit of our time

 

363.    September 3, 1999

Web    Be careful of the drawbacks in hasty use of e-mail

 

417.    October 20, 2000

Web    Follow e-mail etiquette to avoid being annoying

 

464.    October 19, 2001

Web    Donít let e-mail inbox control your time

 

491.  May 3, 2002
MC      Your e-mail style reveals the real you

 

531.    March 14, 2003

Web    The doís and doníts for using e-mail effectively

 

765.  February 4, 2008

Web    That said, choose your words carefully

 

808.    September 21, 2009

  Stop wasting my time with e-mail

 

810.    October 19, 2009

  Take control of e-mail before it takes control of you

 

923.    September 30, 2014

          Make it quick for you, clear and to the point for your reader


 

+Responding to readersí questions & comments; mailbag; readers.

 

111.    April 1, 1994

  Readers offend columnist with off-color stories

 

 

112.    April 8, 1994

          AYo, Reader!@ and other salutations of the í90s

 

116.    May 6, 1994

          Writing is essential for finding and keeping a job

 

117.   May 13, 1994

          Readers identify five particularly annoying errors

 

122.    June 17, 1994

          See if you can find the misused/missused words

 

135.    October 14, 1994

          To Awho@ or to Awhom@ and other tough questions

 

144.    December 23, 1994

          Friends will appreciate goodwill letters

 

154.    March 3, 1995

          First annual Clever Writer Recognition Awards

 

194.    January 12, 1996

          Readers weigh in with witty comments and questions

 

207.  April 12, 1996

         Spouses say marital problems relate to writing
 

 

248.    February 28, 1997

          Itís time for a peek at whatís in the old mailbag

 

274.    September 26, 1997

          Unnecessary comma collection is overflowing

 

278.    October 24, 1997

          The old mailbag is bursting with wit and miscellany

 

295.  March 13, 1998

         Between you and myself, many writers panic over you and I

 

330.  December 18, 1998

Web    Readers ask baffling questions about whatís right

 

340.    February 26, 1999

          Trying to clear up whatís right and whatís wrong

 

354.    June 4, 1999

          Reader recommends Illustrated Oxford Dictionary

 

386.    February 18, 2000

Col      Quips and queries about the English language

GD

401.    June 30, 2000

          If you want to be a millionaire, watch your modifiers

 

409.    August 25, 2000

          Columnist delays canoe trip to respond to readers

 

416.    October 13, 2000

Col      Holes in one, hole in ones:  Keeping par with plurals

 

423.  December 8, 2000

  Readers feel tense about proper modifier use

 

432.    February 9, 2001

          Is it Bluto or Brutus; just deserts or desserts?

 

446.    May 18, 2001

          In matters of the mind, thinking beats believing

 

463.  October 12, 2001
 
         Readers raise some grammatical points

 

475.  January 11, 2002

          Clear communication is key in tough times

 

487.    April 5, 2002

Col      Readers wonder whom they can turn to

 

502.    August 2, 2002

          We have answers to readersí questions

 

518.    December 6, 2002

  AWoe is I@ for breaking grammar rule

 

523.    January 10, 2003

          Courtesy titles start letters, and debate

 

538.    May 9, 2003 (Golden Pen)

Web    Apostromania possesses readers

 

543.    June 13, 2003

          Readers weigh in on following the rules

 

553.    August 22, 2003

          Readers display uncommon wit and civility

 

566.    November 21, 2003

          Personal details can make a gem

 

574.    February 6, 2004
Col      Readers tell of English misuse

 

579.    March 12, 2004
Col      Readersí questions can be so fun

GD

614.  December 13, 2004

          Readers say, AIíve always wondered about . . .@

 

621.  January 31, 2005

          Queries and quips from readers

 

623.  February 14, 2005

          Readersí quips keep coming

 

640.  June 13, 2005

          Reader questions things that dangle

 

647.  August 29, 2005

Col      Writing skills determine success, failure

 

663.  December 19, 2005

          Readers are driven up the wall

 

676.    March 20, 2006

          Readers are flummoxed by the rules

 

683.    May 8, 2006

          Apostrophe scofflaws better watch out

 

693.    August 14, 2006

          Readersí stories leave me prostrate

 

704.    October 30, 2006

          Readers are not short on ideas for topics

 

714.    January 8, 2007

          Do you feel different or differently?

 

715.    January 15, 2007

          Oh, you canít bring that away from me

 

732.  May 14, 2007

          Readers demand second round for Amedia has@

 

733.  June 4, 2007

          Language can produce mind travel

 

736.  June 25, 2007

          Readers demand correct grammar

 

762.    January 14, 2008

          Readers pepper columnist with questions

 

765.  February 4, 2008

Web    That said, choose your words carefully

 

769.    March 10, 2008

          ďThese onesĒ and other pet peeves

 

772.    April 14, 2008

          Readers make simple requests for clarity

 

780.    August 18, 2008

          Hi and goodbye to readersí messages

 

783.    September 29, 2008

          Readers want sentences that make sense

 

793.    February 16, 2009

          Readers question common word choice errors

 

797.    April 13, 2009

          Young reader asks, whatís a word?

 

802.    June 22, 2009

          Strunk & Whiteís handbook on style remains a classic

 

804.    July 20, 2009

          Readers offer poor excuses but ask good questions

 

808.    September 21, 2009

          Stop wasting my time with e-mail

 

810.    October 19, 2009

          Take control of e-mail before it takes control of you

 

828.    September 6, 2010

          Readers question idiomatic expressions

 

840.    May 9, 2011
          Redundancy, compound words, and closing marks

 

952.    October 27, 2015

          Watch for secreting banks and swimming trains when proofreading

 


 

843.    July 4, 2011

          Readers write about titles, typos, aspirate hís, and amphibologies 

 

856.    January 24, 2012

Tips     Snarky and snarkier readers weigh in on correct grammar

MC

864.    May 22, 2012

          Body found by two fishermen floating in a sea of misplaced modifiers

 

877.    December 11, 2012

          Attorneys are working to clean up the ďverbal trashĒ

 

879.    January 8, 2013

          Everyday punctuation rules are needed every day

 

926.    November 11, 2014

          Follow the most basic rule for writers: Look; donít guess

 

952.    October 27, 2015

          Watch for secreting banks and swimming trains when proofreading

 

 

 


 

+Whom.; who.

 

135.    October 14, 1994

          To Awho@ or to Awhom@ and other tough questions

 

483.    March 8, 2002

A beautiful mind saves Awhom@ from extinction

 

487.    April 5, 2002

Col      Readers wonder whom they can turn to

Web

620.  January 24, 2005

To whomever or whoever reads this

 

791.    January 19, 2009

Web    Who or whom will explain this rule? 

 


 

+GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

 

138.  November 4, 1994

  Attention future execs:  writing competence counts

 

150.    February 3, 1995

Web    MBA hopefuls show uninspired writing skills (GMAT)

 

185.    November 3, 1995

Web    Broad vocabulary complements analytical writing

MC


 

+Semicolons.; semicolon.

 

153.    February 24, 1995

Keys   An ode to the semicolon; use it for emphasis

 GD

 

174.    August 18, 1995

  Semicolon advice elicits passionate response

GD

374.  November 19, 1999

Optional punctuation may spur semicolon addicts

 

433.    February 16, 2001

A midwinter dayís dream for semicolon lovers

 

503.  August 9, 2002

Col      There are just two rules for writers

 

651.  September 26, 2005

MC      Semicolons add grace to your writing

 

677.  March 27, 2006

GD      Donít forget those colons B or else

 

794.    March 2, 2009

          Prepositions are as hot as semicolons


 

+Clever reader awards; Golden Pen Awards

 

154.    March 3, 1995

  First annual Clever Writer Recognition Awards

 

288.    January 23, 1998

Web    Lingo of Generation X captures spirit of the times

 

315.    August 28, 1998

Web    Poor wording in a law lets scofflaws off the hook

 

354.    June 4, 1999

  Reader recommends Illustrated Oxford Dictionary

 

414.    September 29, 2000

Web    Smart writers know value of working with editors

 

478.    February 1, 2002

Col      Getting to the heart of delicate situations (Urban)

 

538.    May 9, 2003 (Golden Pen)

Web    Apostromania possesses readers

 


 

+Rhetorical devices and strategies; rhetorical. rhetoric.

 

165.  May 19, 1995

Keys   Combine rhetorical styles for most persuasive writing

 

333.  January 8, 1999

  Rhetorical devices will rekindle your love life

MC

709.    December 4, 2006

Tips    Use rhetorical sentences for effect

MC


 

+Writing in delicate. situations; (Also see bad news letters)

 

166.    May 26, 1995

  What is your most delicate writing situation?

 

275.  October 3, 1997

Web    Good managers deliver bad news in a nice way

 

478.    February 1, 2002

Col      Getting to the heart of delicate situations (Urban)

 


 

+Academic writing; academic.

 

179.  September 22, 1995

Col      Anyone know why academics write the way they do?

 

352.  May 21, 1999

Undergrads need these tools for academic success

 

562.  October 24, 2003

Writing big projects requires discipline

 


 

+Newsletters.

 

181.    October 6, 1995

  How you can produce a meaningful, vital newsletter

 

189.    December 8, 1995

Web    Newsletter-writing checklist could make your day

 

241.    January 10, 1997

Keys   An engaging lead captures the readerís attention

 

480.    February 15, 2002

Web    Quote wisely and well to add color to your writing

 

488.    April 12, 2002

Web    Make your newsletter worth readersí while

 


 

+Active voice vs. passive voice; active.; passive.

 

184.    October 27, 1995

          Sometimes the passive voice is better than the active

Keys

253.    April 4, 1997

Keys   Use active voice and verbs for emphasis

 

268.    August 15, 1997

Web    Good sentences maintain little and large links

Keys

308.    June 12, 1998

MC      Three ways to use the passive voice effectively

 

530.  March 7, 2003

Col      Tell your computer, passive voice can be used to good effect

 

723.    March 12, 2007
MC      Prefer the active voice
B mostly

 

812.    November 23, 2009

Web    Passive-sounding constructions can harm you

 

901.    November 12, 2013

Web    The active voice is usually, but not always, the better choice

MC

903.    December 10, 2013

MC      You canít use the active voice until you get to the transitive

 


+Coherence, connections

 

184.    October 27, 1995

          Sometimes the passive voice is better than the active

Keys

238.    December 20, 1996

Keys   Give your reader ASomething old, something new@

 

262.    June 6, 1997

Keys   Level of anticipation is key to coherent writing

 

268.    August 15, 1997

Web    Good sentences maintain little and large links

Keys

402.    July 7, 2000

Col      To write coherently, let one thought lead to the next

GD

422.    December 1, 2000

Col      End with the thought you intend to develop next (expletives)

MC


 

+Vocabulary., techniques for building, vocab.

 

185.    November 3, 1995

Web    Broad vocabulary complements analytical writing

MC

319.    September 25, 1998

Keys   Word choice not everything, but itís pretty important

 

321.  October 9, 1998

Keys   Thereís always one more word to say about words

 

341.    March 5, 1999

Web    A good vocabulary will make you a better writer

MC

412.    September 15, 2000
GD      Learn one word a week to write more effectively

MC

437.  March 16, 2001

          A word a day keeps the boss away

 

619.  January 17, 2005

Web    Use precise vocabulary to avoid clichťs and wordiness

MC

720.  February 19, 2007

Web    Expand your vocabulary to communicate

MC

771.    March 24, 2008

          Is your vocabulary ample or just OK?

 

776.    June 9, 2008

           Reading helps develop vocabulary  

 

790.    January 5, 2009

           Better vocabulary will help you write

 

805.    August 3, 2009

          Reading will help keep your mind sharp

 

806.    August 17, 2009

          A workplace model for expanding vocabulary

 

818.    March 15, 2010 (Mom)

Web    Words are close to our hearts and souls

 

897.    September 23, 2013

MC      Here are five somewhat easy ways to improve your vocabulary

 

 


 

+Organization, organize, organ., paragraph., paragraphs., para.

 

193.    January 5, 1996

Keys   Well-constructed paragraphs help organize writing

Web

210.    May 3, 1996

Col      Three lessons on punctuation, purpose, paragraphs

MC

267.    August 8, 1997

Web    Choose method of development for your writing

 

348.    April 23, 1999

Keys   Good writing depends on coherent paragraphs

 

376.    December 10. 1999

Keys   To save time, think before you rush to begin writing

 

641.  June 20, 2005

Web    Write in sentences, but think in paragraphs

MC

886.    April 16, 2013

Web    Structure your paragraphs so that the reader gets the point

MC

887.    April 30, 2013

Web    Use paragraphs for four Cs: clarity, coherence, control, and credibility

MC

 


+Conflict. Conflict resolution. (See Rogerian persuasion)

195.  January 19, 1996

Web    Use Rogerian persuasion with a hostile audience

 

684.  May 15, 2006

Web    Reduce conflict in editing relationships

 

831.    October 18, 2010

Web    Rogerian persuasion turns losers into winners

 

832.    November 8, 2010

  Consensus, not compromise, should be our goal

 

845.    August 1, 2011(Rogerian)

           Good communicators know how to listen for solutions         

 

933.    February 3, 2015

Web    Use Rogerian affirmation to connect with your reader

 

973.    August 16, 2016 (Jane McGonigal)

Web    Boost your creativity and imagine the future through writing

 

979.    November 8, 2016
Web   
Heal broken relationships with empathy and trust

 

989.    April 24, 2017 (Jane McGonigal)

Web    Use writing to predict the past and remember the future

 

 


 

 

+Rogerian. Rogerian persuasion

195.  January 19, 1996

Web    Use Rogerian persuasion with a hostile audience

 

831.    October 18, 2010

Web    Rogerian persuasion turns losers into winners

 

845.    August 1, 2011(Rogerian)

           Good communicators know how to listen for solutions         

 

933.    February 3, 2015

Web    Use Rogerian affirmation to connect with your reader

 

973.    August 16, 2016 (Jane McGonigal)

Web    Boost your creativity and imagine the future through writing

 

981.    December 6, 2016
Web    Reduce workplace anxiety by practicing Rogerian persuasion

 

 

 

 


 

+Technical writing, writers; technical.

 

201.    March 1, 1996

Web    Technical types underestimate their ability to write

 

225.    September 13, 1996

Keys    The beauty and utility of language are connected

Web

256.    April 25, 1997
Web    Technical writers face common problems and challenges

 

272.    September 12, 1997
Web    To succeed you need more than technical expertise

 

315.    August 28, 1998

Web    Poor wording in a law lets scofflaws off the hook

 

325.    November 6, 1998

Keys   Variety in sentence structure adds life to writing

 MC

357.    June 25, 1999

Keys    Use analogies to clarify or reinforce your meaning

 

372.    November 5, 1999

Col      Use variety in sentence structure to add energy

MC

525.  January 24, 2003

Arbitrary grammar rules are annoying

 

535.    April 18, 2003

Web    Technical subjects neednít be dry
Tips? MC


 

+Sentence structure.; variety. (Also see Elegance and style; writing style)

 

217.    June 21, 1996

Keys   How to write long sentences that donít sprawl

 

257.    May 2, 1997

Keys   Long sentences, well managed, create special effects

 

325.    November 6, 1998

Keys   Variety in sentence structure adds life to writing

 MC

372.    November 5, 1999

Col      Use variety in sentence structure to add energy

MC

452.  July 20, 2001

Col      Donít make your sentences sound monotonous

GD MC

601.    August 27, 2004

Col      Count your commas for variety

MC


 

+Detail.; support.

 

227.    September 27, 1996
MC      Action verbs and detail will enliven your style

 

349.    April 30, 1999

Keys   Illustrate your points with examples and detail

 

498.  June 28, 2002

Use detail to make your writing come alive

 

 


 

+Spelling.; English absurdity

 

242.    January 17, 1997

GD      A modest proposal for simplifying English spelling

 

462.  October 5, 2001

Col      When spelling, donít compound the error

GD

509.  September 27, 2002

GD      Language lacks logic in some respects

 

510.    October 4, 2002

Rules and principles you can count on

 

912.    April 15, 2014

          Compounds come in three varieties: solid, hyphenated, and spaced


 

+AA day in the life@; dialogue between Hal. & narrator (See Narrative & CommaMobile.)

 

252.    March 28, 1997

Col      Use the right words to communicate precisely

 

294.  March 6, 1998

     Effective communication depends on correct usage

 

339.  February 19, 1999

  Watch out for these commonly confused word pairs

 


 

+Collaborative, group writing, collab.

 

254.    April 11, 1997
Web    Tips for successful collaborative writing

 

264.  June 20, 1997

Web    Establish style guidelines when writing in a group

 

469.    November 30, 2001
Web    Writing as a team requires good planning

 


 

+Style guide; style sheet; style guidelines

 

264.  June 20, 1997

Web    Establish style guidelines when writing in a group

 

439.  March 30, 2001
          Company style sheet can stop comma wars

 


 

+Compound words.; compound.

 

276.    October 10, 1997

Web    Compound words cause considerable confusion

 

462.  October 5, 2001

Col      When spelling, donít compound the error

GD

737.  July 2, 2007

Check out these words on my checkoff list

827.    August 16, 2010

  Are you all ready/already to spell compound words?

 

912.    April 15, 2014

          Compounds come in three varieties: solid, hyphenated, and spaced

 


 

+Leads. Openings. Engaging.

 

279.  October 31, 1997

  Attention-getting openings appeal to busy readers

 

 


+Quotation marks.; quotation.

 

280.    November 7, 1997

Web    Quotation marks make reading easy, writing hard

 

494.  May 31, 2002

Rules for quotations marks can produce clarity

 

626.  March 7, 2005

The rules for quotation marks can be tricky

 

707.  November 20, 2006

To quote or not to quote

 

 


 

+Jargon.

 

288.    January 23, 1998

Web    Lingo of Generation X captures spirit of the times

 

708.  November 27, 2006
Col      Jargon inhibits clear thinking

 


 

+Imagination. Imaginative.

 

310.  June 26, 1998

Col      Writing with style requires playfulness, imagination

 

312.  August 7, 1998

  Use your imagination to give writing personality

GD MC

345.    April 2, 1999

Col      Use your imagination when you write

MC

504.    August 16, 2002

Col      Imaginative writing is the most memorable

MC

967.    May 24, 2016

          To be a fully developed person (and leader), you need to dream


 

+That B when to use; when to omit; that.

 

314.    August 21, 1998

Keys   Avoid indirect negatives and unnecessary thats

 

526.  January 31, 2003
MC      Watch out for that that that confuses writers

 

577.    February 27, 2004

Keys   Speaking of this and that and that

 

630.  April 4, 2005

Is that that that necessary?

 

 


 

+Mission statements.; mission.; statement.
318.    September 18, 1998

Write a mission statement to define your values

 

820.    April 19, 2010

Web    How to write a good mission statement

 


 

+Word choice.; words (as style).

 

319.    September 25, 1998

Keys   Word choice not everything, but itís pretty important

 

321.  October 9, 1998

Keys   Thereís always one more word to say about words

 

429.    January 19, 2001

Col      To write memorably, listen to your language

MC

441.    April 13, 2001

13M    To make a vivid impression, appeal to the senses

Col MC

 


 

+Noun Stacks.

 

324.  October 30, 1998
GD      Unstack those noun stacks to improve your writing

 

726.  April 2, 2007
GD      Noun stacks make your writing sound flat

 

851.    November 8, 2011

MC      A dangling modifier identification and elimination exercise

 

892.    July 9, 2013

MC      Unstack those noun stacks to animate your writing (Turtle Bread)


 

+Ventura, Keillor.

 

326.    November 13, 1998

           Besse Plain-Talk Dentura offers lesson for writers

 

342.    March 12, 1999

Keys   Metaphor is an incomparable way to make a point

 

344.    March 26, 1999

Keys   To convey personality, use energy, surprise, humor (Whoopi Goldberg)

 

364.    September 10, 1999

What works in speaking may not work in writing

 


 

+Store., shopkeeper motif

 

372.    November 5, 1999

Col      Use variety in sentence structure to add energy

MC

444.    May 4, 2001

Col      Bargaining for some punctuation marks

GD

454.  August 3, 2001

MC      Punctuation can give your writing style

 

 


 

SEC.; plain English

 

393.    April 7, 2000

Web    SEC guidelines will help you write in plain English

 

445.  May 11, 2001
Exercise SECís rules on plain English usage;

 

798.    April 27, 2009

          A call for transparency in finance, writing

 

969.    June 21, 2016

          Join language sleuth Sam Snoop to work a Plain Language caper

 


 

+Earl., correct usage

448.  June 1, 2001

GD      A wordís appearance can be deceptive

MC

618.    January 10, 2005

Web    Watch out for sound-alike words

GD

669.  January 30, 2006

GD      Look-alike words can be confusing    

 


 

+George.; Ralph.; dialogue with; see Perry Phrastic

 

458.  August 31, 2001

MC      Keep words running on a parallel track

 

459.  September 7, 2001

Some word choice errors are predictable

 

548.  July 18, 2003

GD      Wordiness is a waste of time

 

587.  May 7, 2004
MC      Wanton wordiness obscures the point


 

+Complaint letters (See customer relations or PR letters, angry letters, & bad-news letters above)

 

471.  December 14, 2001

If you must complain, do it with a cool head

 

689.  July 17, 2006

Donít just disagree; do it with eloquence


 

+Doc. as psychiatrist; psycho.

 

505.  August 23, 2002

GD      Good editors should understand their role

 


 

+Dashes

532.    March 28, 2003

Web    Know your dashes from your hyphens

 

750.  October 22, 2007; rewritten January 4, 2017
 
When in doubt, dash away, dash away, dash away all

 

882.    February 19, 2013
MC      Use dashes for dashing effect Ė with or without spaces

 

983.    January 24, 2017

  Use dots for thoughtful pauses and dashes for dashing effect

 

 

 


 

 

+PowerPoint.

 

591.    June 4, 2004

Web    PowerPoint: Making your point powerfully

 

690.  July 24, 2006

Effective writing principles apply to PowerPoint

 

825.    July 19, 2010

          Avoid the number one error in PowerPoint

 


 

+Subject-verb agreement.

 

642.    June 27, 2005
Web    Subjects and verbs must agree

 

643.    July 18, 2005
Web    On the topic of verbs . . .

 

725.    March 26, 2007
Web    Verbs has to agree with their subjects

 

784.    October 13, 2008

          Letís agree to agree on politics and grammar

 

807.    September 7, 2009

          Letís agree on health care reform and grammar

 

894.    August 6, 2013

          Thereís two things to watch for in writing: subjects and verbs

 

916.    June 10, 2014

          Hereís a few rules Ė or here are a few rules Ė for subject-verb agreement

 

961.    March 1, 2016

          Save our language: Make certain your verbs agrees with their subjects

 

962.    March 15, 2016

          Take back the English language: Vote for subject-verb agreement

 

976.    September 27, 2016

Web    How well do you know the rules of subject-verb agreement?

 


 

+Numbers.; numbers usage.

 

660.    November 28, 2005

Web    Know the rules for numbers

 

777.    June 23, 2008

Web    Four (4) rules for using numbers correctly

 

902.    November 26, 2013

          Follow eight rules for numbers for consistency and precision

 

 


+Puzzle.; puzzles.; puzzler.

 

666.    January 9, 2006

           A proofreading puzzle for the new year

 

743.  August 27, 2007

           Proofread this column for a word puzzle

 

759.  December 24, 2007

           Hereís a holiday puzzle for you/ Solve a puzzle involving nonrestrictive commas

 

789.    December 22, 2008

           A New Yearís proofreading puzzle

 

796.    March 30, 2009

           Proofread this column to solve a puzzle

 

904.    December 24, 2013

          Send a goodwill message to make someone happy this year


 

+Texting.

 

821.    May 3, 2010

Web    Texting may be hazardous to your professional health

 

847.    September 5, 2011

          Beauty and truth will outlast language abuse

 

870.    August 14, 2012

Web    Standards of good writing evolve with changing technologies

 

871.    August 28, 2012

Web    Communication becomes less nuanced with new technologies

 

872.    September 11, 2012

Web    Even in the age of texting, handwriting has its place

 

935.    March 3, 2015

          Do you ever wonder what technology is doing to your brain?

 

 


 

+China.

862.    April 24, 2012 (China Connection)

          Language competence can open the door to the world

 

866.    June 19, 2012 (China Connection)

Web    Choose your closing with an eye Ė and an ear Ė to relationship

 

867.    July 3, 2012 (China Connection)

          Be wary of expressions with double meanings that can offend

 


 

+Stress point.; beginnings.; endings.

907.    February 4, 2014

          Use two natural stress points in your sentences for emphasis

 


 

+Plagiarism.
922.    September 16, 2014

          ďPlagiarism freeĒ papers? Donít buy it.


 

 

+Leader. Leadership.

951.    October 13, 2015

          Choose your words to be the leader, and the person, you aspire to be

967.    May 24, 2016

          To be a fully developed person (and leader), you need to dream

 


 

 


 

*Columns by date and title

 

0.       December 12, 1991

Col      Competence often measured by the ability to reach others

 

1.       December 13, 1991

Col      To keep your readersí attention, get to the point

 

2.       December 20, 1991

Col      You can take those important words and park íem

 

3.       December 27, 1991

Col      When sentences ramble, just cut the engine

 

4.       January 3, 1992

Keys   Give readers a break B keep it plain and simple

 

5.       January 10, 1992

Use language that your readers know, expect

 

6.       January 17, 1992

Secret ingredients of a customer relations letter

 

7.       January 24, 1992

Keys   Honoring your contract with the reader

Col

8.       January 31, 1992

Character, action essential to livening up prose

 

9.       February 7, 1992

Mix it around for vigorous writing

 

10.      February 14, 1992

How to avoid succumbing to acute prolixity

 

11.      February 21, 1992

Keys   How to make writerís block less of an obstacle

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12.      February 28, 1992

Keys   ABulldozing@ leaves no time to be critical of writing

 

13.      March 6, 1992

           After spontaneous start, you need an outline

 

14.   March 13, 1992

Col      To write or not to write:  A question of good management

 

15.   March 20, 1992

  How to make enemies and start wars with your writing

 

16.   March 27, 1992

Writing to threaten and to intimidate will cost you

 

17.      April 3, 1992

Web    How to proofread and never miss a single errror

 

18.      April 10, 1992

Web    How did you do on last weekís proofreading quiz?

 

19.      April 17, 1992

Keys   How to be a good critic to those who write for you

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20.      April 24, 1992

Even Abusiness writing@ can deal with feelings

 

21.      May 1, 1992

Web    APorn and Beans@ and other proofreading classics

 

22.   May 8, 1992

Col      Use precise language that is fair to both sexes

 

23.      May 15, 1992

How to avoid the Ageneric he@ but not be awkward

 

24.      May 22, 1992

Col      Having fun with The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage

 

25.   May 29, 1992

How to word salutation when recipient is unknown

 

26.      June 5, 1992

Priorities:  Good grammar or bias-free language?

 

27.      June 12, 1992

Every writer wishes they could solve this issue

 

28.   June 19, 1992

Web    RULES, Rules, and rules:  how to tell them apart

 

29.      June 26, 1992

Giving writing assignments without bruising egos

 

30.      July 3, 1992

          How to promote good writing in the work place

 

31.      July 10, 1992

How do you define effective business writing?

 

32.      July 17, 1992

  So many words, so strong the urge to Aredunderize@
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33.      July 24, 1992

Simple suggestions for simplifying sentences

 

34.      July 31, 1992

  How to write ambiguously to cover your amphibology

 

35.      September 4, 1992

In customer relations letters, put the reader first

 

36.      September 11, 1992

Keys   Metaphors are fine, but avoid cliches like the plague

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37.      September 18, 1992

A simple recipe for terrific instant thank-you letters

 

38.      September 25, 1992

Ben Franklin and Malcolm X have something for you

 

39.      October 2, 1992

How to write fund-raising letters that never fail

 

40.      October 9, 1992

Venting your anger and psyching out your enemy

 

41.      October 16, 1992

Web    Grant proposals:  Writing is just part of the process

 

42.      October 23, 1992

  Puzzling puns can make your reader go to pieces

 

43.   October 30, 1992

How to write a bad-news letter without being brutal

 

44.      November 6, 1992

Between you and I, us writers should know better

 

45.      November 13, 1992

How to say Ano@ without turning friends into enemies

 

46.      November 20, 1992

  Parts of speech lost on unsuspecting writer

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47.      December 4, 1992

  Curing twin diseases:  misplaced & dangling modifiers

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48.      December 11, 1992

Does anybody know why lawyers write the way they do?

 

49.      December 18, 1992

  The power of positive thinking makes for good writing

 

50.      December 25, 1992

           Goodwill letters create good feelings in any season

 

51.      January 1, 1993

New Yearís resolutions for improving your writing

 

52.   January 8, 1993

Are common errors undermining your credibility?

 

53.   January 15, 1993

Keys   To improve skills, read (and copy) good writers

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54.   January 22, 1993

Web    The three-step memo gets the job done in a pinch

 

55.      January 29, 1993

Touching letter offers good reason to say thanks

 

56.      February 5, 1993

Faithful readers at midpoint in 10-week exercise

 

57.      February 12, 1993

What poets can teach us about using language

 

58.      February 19, 1993

In most cases, one page should do for a report

 

59.      February 26, 1993

Humor can establish common ground with your reader

 

60.      March 5, 1993

          Wanted:  Top-level managers to edit staff writing

 

61.   March 12, 1993 (Orson Welbers)

Keys   The war of the words B invasion of the bureaucrats

 

62.   March 19, 1993

Web    Making performance reviews less of a burden

 

63.      March 26, 1993

Readers respond to 10-week writing challenge

 

64.   April 2, 1993

Making letters of recommendation work

 

65.   April 9, 1993

Five easy lessons in clear and effective writing

66.      April 16, 1993

How word processors help and hurt our writing

 

67.      April 23, 1993

  Itís writer vs. machine in a fight over language

 

68.      April 30, 1993

Learn a little B expose yourself to the 5 elements

 

69.      May 7, 1993

How writing can help you prepare a terrific speech

 

70.      May 14, 1993

  To overcome writerís block, silence inner critic

 

71.   May 21, 1993

Web    Sales letters succeed by linking product to need

 

72.   May 28, 1993

One MBA executiveís writing style:  a critique

 

73.      June 4, 1993

Writing with the word processor B a personal history

 

74.      June 11, 1993

Use the computer to help you think and write

 

75.      June 18, 1993

Web    Avoid common errors when writing internationally

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76.      June 25, 1993

           New SlumberWrite software Arevolutionizes@ writing

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77.      July 2, 1993

Variety in sentence structure invigorates writing

 

78.      July 9, 1993

  Send your boss to Language Efficiency School

 

79.      July 16, 1993

Reinstate the quality loop to ensure good writing

 

80.      July 23, 1993

Keys   AHow can I learn to write with style?@

81.      July 30, 1993

Adapt your style to fit the audience, occasion

82.      September 3, 1993

Pseudo-sophistication no justification for obfuscation

 

83.      September 10, 1993

The book no business writer should be without

 

84.      September 17, 1993

Who gets the blame for illiteracy in America?

 

85.      September 24, 1993

AElegant variation@ is an affectation to avoid

 

86.      October 1, 1993

Some operating principles that apply to writing

 

87.      October 8, 1993

Speaking English as it was meant to be spoken

 

88.      October 15, 1993

In performance reviews, Aadequate@ not adequate

 

89.      October 22, 1993

Keys   Verbing your nouns and nouning your verbs

 

90.      October 29, 1993

How would you grade your business writing?

 

91.      November 5, 1993

Humor can take you far B sometimes too far

 

92.      November 12, 1993

Web    Openings are key to successful sales letters

 

93.      November 19, 1993

DOs and DONíTs for writing holiday greetings

 

94.      December 3, 1993   

Keys   Trust is key to cross-racial writing criticism

 

95.      December 10, 1993

  Successful dictation depends on collaboration

96.      December 17, 1993

How to say, AYouíre wrong,@ yet keep business

 

97.      December 24, 1993

Handwritten notes of appreciation create goodwill

 

98.      December 31, 1993

This year, resolve to improve your writing skills

 

99.   January 7, 1994

Web    Using Athat@ or Awhich@ with that stupid comma

 

100.    January 14, 1994

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