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1 Michael_Young commented Permalink

Excellent and very useful information. It is certainly an area I want to develop, but I seem to get stuck on the first point all the time. But of course it's true, nothing will be written if I don't set the time aside to focus on writing. The other points will be useful when I make it past point 1 : ) I like the tip of having several revision runs through looking for a specific issue each time. Certainly makes for a longer process but will inevitably lead to a higher quality of writing. Thanks for sharing.

2 svisser1 commented Permalink

Thanks for the feedback Michael! I have been able to teach this method to many people and I've also received advice from the many authors who I work with. Let me know if you finish your article (or book)!

3 s.o.r.i.n commented Permalink

Great article. Do you have any advice about how to get multiple authors on the same page when they write a paper togheter? Sometimes you can tell the difference in style from one paragraph to the next one. <br /> I think these papers should be written in one style from start to end. Books, on the other hand, may be ok if each chapter is in a different style because those are big chunks, and often I don't read two chapters back to back (heck, almost always I don't even finish a chapter:)

4 Vikas_K_Manoria commented Permalink

Wonderful article... Very helpful... Thanks for this posting Susan..

5 svisser1 commented Permalink

I just saw this blog entry and thought you may be interested in reading it as well: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/07/i_wont_hire_people_who_use_poo.html <div>&nbsp;</div> As for how to work on an article with multiple authors: one author has to take the lead and set the standards up front. This author will then have to do extra work by editing it all to make it sound alike.

6 Mick_db2_dev commented Permalink

Thanks for the great article. I also liked the poo grammar post. On the general subject of writing (and other creative pursuits) here's a book I really enjoyed: <br /> http://www.amazon.ca/Artists-Way-Julia-Cameron/dp/1585421464/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1343063843&amp;sr=8-1

7 EmberCrooks commented Permalink

A friend suggested an easy way of looking for passive voice in your writing. Simply find the verb in the sentence and then put "by zombies" after it, and if it makes sense up to that point, it's passive voice. e.g: <br /> The DB2 instance was crashed [by zombies.] by a user. --- "The DB2 instance was crashed by zombies." actually works. <br /> A user crashed [by zombies] the DB2 instance. --- "A user crashed by zombies. " doesn't work.