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Published on December 31, 2008 at 5:39 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. This is a bright way to involve colleagues in your writing, Don. And since you are writing in your lecturing voice, many who have been in your audience will have comments, I would think.

    I read Writing with the Screen Off. Liked your keenly direct voice – the coach-at-your-shoulder style of teaching. Wanted to see example of the same piece written with screen on and off at the end, when you say how amazing the copy will be. Are you giving such examples throughout the book? Will read more of your posts and return to you.

    How difficult was it to set up the blog? Want to mention it in May to explain how you created the blog and report on comment system and whether it has been/was useful?

    XO and happy 2009 – Toni

  2. Thank you very much for your article on “Submitting perfect copy”, Mr. Fry (with no “e”).
    I especially enjoyed how you sent the article to a colleague to check for errors. This is something I have found to be especially helpful when I was working in the engineering industry and I was generating project proposals for upcoming work. I would ask a coworker to look it over for spelling and grammar mistakes before sending it to the client.
    I find it so useful to have a fresh set of eyes on my work. Sometimes you can look at a piece a thousand times and never catch something, but someone else will see it on the first read-through.

    I very much enjoyed your helpful tips in this article and look forward to applying them to my writing. Thank you!

  3. As a comment to what to write first….

    I often write a short sentence that sums up the point I am trying to make in a piece at the top of the page in a large font. I may never use that particular sentence in the article, it mainly serves as a light to point my way as I write. I refer back to it as I write and find that it pulls me back to center when I wander away from the purpose.

    I am heartened to know that I can reconnect to your wisdom so readily in this format. A reminders that I am not alone on the path of the writer is a good thing: a trial blazer on the path ahead of me makes me want to walk faster. Thanks for setting the pace.

  4. What a great technique. I’ll incorporate it into the book. It works because all the way through your drafting, you know what the piece is about. And some things we write are for the writer, not the reader. We just use them to get the piece down, then delete them.


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