Wisdom for Writers

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association…

Words on Page

Very early in my writing endeavors, I learned two acronyms to frame the writing life--B.I.C. and W.O.P. B.I.C. stands for butt-in-chair. W.O.P. stands for words-on-page. You've heard the old adage, writers write. And if you've ever attempted to be a writer you also know how hard it is to (1) carve time out to sit…

Wisdom for Writers

Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised. --John Steinbeck Tip #1 of Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

A Development Copywriter’s Biggest Headache? Marketing Folks

Marketing folks want to dictate messaging. All messaging. That, they’ll remind you, is what they do. True enough. But when your marketing people don’t know what they don’t know… danger! And poor returns for your fundraising or constituent print and digital communication. What do marketing people know? They know how to position your organization and…