How to Edit Yourself

We’re all editors these days. Well, at least we should be. Whenever we write — be it a business proposal, a research paper, an article, a blog post, an email, a social media comment or even a text — we should edit ourselves. But who am I kidding? Seems like self-editing has gradually become a […]


How to Write a Better Online Review

When you’re booking a hotel, making a restaurant reservation or considering which book to read next, do you check out the online reviews? My own unscientific research suggests people who write those reviews do it for one of four reasons: 1. They’re bored. 2. They want attention. 3. They have a gripe (legitimate or not) […]


What Good Writing and Olympic Figure Skating Have In Common

Ever since the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, began on Feb. 9, my wife, Lisa, hasn’t watched much of anything else on TV. Figure skating has emerged as her favorite sport, although she doesn’t seem too impressed when I tell her that as a young boy in Minneapolis, I learned to skate at almost […]


How Unplugging Makes You a Better Writer

While working at a bagel shop recently, I decided to forgo my laptop to read some printouts and take actual notes with a pen. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one seeking an analog assist that day. A couple tables away from me, a guy about my age was jotting notes in a spiral notebook, and […]