Several readers responded to my recent blog about not liking to write but liking to have written. To overcome writer’s block, I force myself to sit still and write for a block of time. I have become a voluntary prisoner again today, at least until I finish this blog post. I have recently become aware… Continue Reading

I don’t write anymore

I didn’t write this article. Instead, I spoke it using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Speech Recognition for PC* and edited it by voice with a little help from my mouse. I had used Dragon before, maybe 15 years ago, and found it clunky and unrewarding. But when my wrists started to ache after prolonged keyboarding, I… Continue Reading

I don’t like to write…

I always startle my students by announcing that I don’t like to write. I think they probably assume: Surely a writing teacher must just love to write! I do not like to write because writing is hard work, including writing a blog. But like so many other writers, I love to have written. I also… Continue Reading

Three great words to use more often

Years ago, I taught Business Writing at a male maximum-security prison in Minnesota. Our goal was to provide training that people could use when they were released from prison and were job searching. At the end of the quarter, one student asked, as he was leaving the room for the last time: “What is good… Continue Reading