Tag: Barbara McNichol

Watch for These Unneeded Wobbly Words by Barbara McNichol

Watch for These Unneeded Wobbly Words by Barbara McNichol

To add clarity by taking unneeded words out of your writing, the easiest approach is to identify and attack wobbly words. But what are wobbly words? Well, they’re words that are vague, indefinite, and don’t add much to the meaning of a sentence. In fact, they can add word clutter to your paragraphs and detract […]

3 Brief Rules for Using Semicolons Correctly by Barbara McNichol

3 Brief Rules for Using Semicolons Correctly by Barbara McNichol

In many memos and manuscripts created, their writers often take a convoluted approach to punctuation. Most noteworthy, too many semicolons show up in too many wrong ways. How can you remember what’s right? Every time you’re tempted to use a semicolon, review these three brief rules. 1. Use a semicolon to separate two independent clauses. […]

Better Writing: When to Use “Like” vs. “Such As” by Barbara McNichol

Better Writing: When to Use “Like” vs. “Such As” by Barbara McNichol

Have you ever wondered about the distinction between “like” or “such as” in your writing. Here are two phrases to consider: . . . the answers that so-called geniuses “like / such as” Newton seem to embody. . . . centuries of innovations “like / such as” the airplane and space shuttle have resulted. In […]

4 Ways to Ensure Readability in Your Writing by Barbara McNichol

4 Ways to Ensure Readability in Your Writing by Barbara McNichol

“Writings are useless unless they are read, and they cannot be read unless they are readable.” – Theodore Roosevelt If Roosevelt lived in today’s world, he might have known that 6% of the time wasted in corporations is due to poorly written communications. Of course, your goal is readability. At the same time, you desire […]

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Flow Better by Barbara McNichol

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Flow Better by Barbara McNichol

Whether it’s a marketing email or the chapter of a book, you might be challenged to make your writing easy to follow. How can you create a smooth flow that helps your readers? Give these techniques a try: Use subheads: When you use subheads throughout your piece, readers can skim your content and quickly discern […]

What’s the One Thing That Will Transform Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

What’s the One Thing That Will Transform Your Writing? by Barbara McNichol

How can you change weak verbs into emotional or visual ones? One single practice presented here will transform your writing when you use it consistently. It’s this: Watch out for “is” words and their various cousins. Stay alert to phrases such as “is happening” or “was being good” and change them to “happens” or “behaved” […]

Whacking Wordiness Cuts through the Dreaded Clutter by Barbara McNichol

Whacking Wordiness Cuts through the Dreaded Clutter by Barbara McNichol

In the classic book from the 1930s, The Elements of Style, the authors Strunk and White called word clutter “the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood out of words.” You never want to be accused of that! So what can you do? Start cutting the clutter by eliminating extraneous phrases that […]

Teleseminar: Barbara McNichol on Strengthen Your Writing with Techniques Editors Use

Teleseminar: Barbara McNichol on Strengthen Your Writing with Techniques Editors Use

Event Date: September 28, 2016 | Time: 10AM PST / 1PM EST Join us as Barbara McNichol discusses Strengthen Your Writing with Techniques Editors Use. Barbara McNichol works with speakers and authors to provide expert editing of books in the categories of business, spirituality, self-help, how-to, health, relationships, and more. Over the past 22 years, she […]

Expert Interview: Barbara McNichol

Expert Interview: Barbara McNichol

Name: Barbara McNichol Website URL:   www.BarbaraMcNichol.com and www.WordTrippers.com Social Media Links: LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Describe what you do an editor: I specialize in Content/Copy Editing of Nonfiction Books, mostly about business, how-to, relationships, finances, spirituality, memoir. I also offer a Manuscript Review for manuscripts that aren’t yet ready for nitty-gritty editing.    How […]