Writing

How-to Decide What NOT to Post On Facebook Part I [guest post]


Facebook - avoid oversharingCan I stop you for a moment to talk about a particularly modern, Western habit? Over-sharing. Not content with talking indiscreetly in lunch queues, on instant messaging and in email, people are habitually sharing all manner of personal information and opinions on Facebook without a second thought.

Why? Facebook has garnered a hideous reputation for security and the almost complete lack of privacy, violating many of its’ previous rules every time it goes in for a face-lift. …

How-to: Write Good by Frank L. Visco

How to Write Good by Frank L. Visco Writers' digest June 1986The first set of rules was written by Frank L. Visco and originally published in the June 1986 issue of Writers’ digest.

My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

  1. Avoid Alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
  4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  5. One should never generalize
  6. Comparisons are as bad as cliches
  7. Be more or less specific
  8. Sentence fragments?  Eliminate
  9. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  10. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  11. Who needs rhetorical questions? …

Public Speaking – Attitude


A Prophet - Hyde Park Corner 1930'sWe’ve all seen the two extremes of speakers able to wreck the most compelling material. Recall the aptly-named Father Stone from the sit-com Father Ted; utterly deadpan, lifeless and immobile with the most boring voice in Christendom. At the other end of the scale, caricature Gio Compare from the car insurance ads, for whom everything is an opera delivered larger than life at full bellow and gesture to match.

Clearly no one would aim to imitate either for a serious public address. You can check out Pippa Hammond’s many articles on public speaking which cover the speaking part; and an earlier part here on the art of gesture to accompany your speech.

But what about posture, body, language, attitude and general demeanour? …

How-to: Manage Multiple Authors Online Pt Three – Writers


How-to: Manage Multiple Authors Online Pt Three - WritersPart One was about Identity. Part Two covered Editorial. Part Three concerns the writers, contributors, correspondents, whatever you want to call them. This isn’t just about the practicalities of what, when and how to post content.

Regular contributors to any blog represent themselves using their unique voices, but also represent that blog. Unless you intend to court and cultivate controversy, you have to set out the rights and responsibilities and set the boundaries for what is acceptable and what isn’t. …

How-to: Manage Multiple Authors Online Pt Two – Editorial


How-to: Manage Multiple Authors Online Pt One - Identity“The games’ afoot…”

Part One consisted of some grand check-lists for managing the site and it’s disparate authors; all well and good. Working top-down, then at the next, practical level, we need some tools to help us implement the objectives set out.

On-line is learning the lessons of traditional publishing, where there are many established tools and techniques to draw on. …