10 Super Simple Ways to Be a Better Writer

TIME

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By Alexandra Franzen

Do you enjoy writing? Does it come naturally to you? Do colleagues praise you for your crisp, articulate, Nobel Laureate-worthy email updates?

Congratulations! Because if you work in an office or run your own business, you’re likely to spend about a quarter of your workday doing one thing:

Writing.

Oh, and that’s just the portion of your day that you’ll spend writing emails.

That figure doesn’t account for reports, proposals, best practice guidelines, blog posts, Facebook updates, tweets, texts, chapters of your forthcoming memoirs, that TED Talk script you’ve been tinkering with for the last 18 months, and the occasional hand-written “thank you” note.

We live in an era where the written word is King.

And if you’re going to write 40,000+ words this year—at minimum!—you…

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Let’s build peptides!

Day Seven Writing 101: Give and Take. (See prompt here)

So I took organic chemistry last year in college, and one of the last topics was learning about how to form a short chain of amino acids (peptides). And the most effective way to do so is the solid phase peptide synthesis otherwise known as the Merrifield synthesis. This dialogue is basically going to be between the resin and the amino acid. 

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Motto.

Day Five for Writing 101: Be Brief. (See prompt here)

“On a deux vies. La deuxième commence le jour où on réalise qu’on en a qu’une.” – unknown (at least I don’t know where I’ve heard/seen this before… but it does sound like the French version of a Confucius saying)

Translation:

We have 2 lives. The second begins when we realize we only have one.”

Little Shop of Heaven

Day 2 of Writing 101. A Room with a View (or Just a View). (See prompt here) This is really late, and I’m sorry for that! I had a lot of trouble with this one. It was harder than Day One’s stream-of-consciousness prompt. Mostly because there are a lot of places I want to travel, and a fair share of safe places where I like to be sometimes. But this’s prompt helped me in deciding what to write about, which is something I often struggle with. Continue reading