Monthly Archives: January 2012

Better late than never.

Looking for a new job?  Want to increase your productivity?  Learn to harness the power of the written word.  It is far reaching.  Don’t get stuck in that “I can’t write” syndrome.  You can start NOW to learn to write clearly.  “Better late than never” is one of my favorite mantras.  Even lawyers, with all their education, take writing courses to improve their writing skills. So, it’s not too late for you.

If you’re looking for work or want to get ahead, if you feel like you’re stuck in your present situation because of self doubts about your writing, then learn to acquire the right writing skills.  You can’t compete in today’s marketplace if you can’t communicate clearly.  Language is predominant.  Sell yourself by learning the fundamentals of clear writing.  Your success will depend on how well you express yourself.  Remember, unclear writing wastes both time and money.

Coming blogs will feaure fundamental guidelines and techniques for clear writing.

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New blog here.

Welcome to my new blog.  Watch for  frequent new postings dealing with the tagline, clear writing.  I enjoy writing and  I hope you enjoy my blogs.  Also, hopefully, my blogs will help you to improve your writing.  That’s the idea.  Arnold G.Regardie.

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Overcoming the first writing obstacle: self doubt.

Many people don’t write well because they don’t believe they can.  They have no confidence in their writing.  It’s a personal lament that you hear all too often , i.e.,  “I can’t write.”   Well, that’s wrong.  You can write – you just have to work at it.

Writing is a form of salesmanship because you are selling yourself through your writing.  But you must develop confidence in your writing to be successful at it.  To develop that confidence you must practice your writing.  Write every day.  The more you write the better your writing will become.  Also read extensively to learn effective word associations as accomplished by experienced writers and to learn new words and how they are used.

It’s a basic sales truism that people will buy from you if they trust you.  That truism applies to writing as well.   Whatever your purpose in writing may be, whether applying for a job,  selling a product or service, or describing a favorite resort,  your reader must trust you for your writing to be successful.  This trust will depend on respect and credibility.  Attracting and keeping that trust can be achieved if you dedicate yourself to improving your writing skills.

Where do you start?  Begin with a positive attitude.  Clear writing depends to a large extent on the power of belief, belief that comes from having confidence in your writing.  When you have that confidence it will show – the reader can see it.  To obtain confidence you must master what can best be described as the “inner game” of writing, overcoming mental blocks to clear writing.  As with other challenges in life, you must develop the right mental attitude.  You can’t write clearly if you are nagged by self doubt and anxiety about your writing.  Perseverence and determ,ination are key elements.

Arnold G. Regardie, copyright 2012, all rights reserved.

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Why is clear writing an art form?

The answer to this question, simply put, is that writing skills can be learned.  Art is defined in Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th Ed.), p. 69, as a skill acquired by experience, study, or observation.  So, you can acquire clear writing skills but you must work at it.  Perseverence and dedication are omnipotent.  You should write constantly to acquire writing proficiency, and read extensively to observe how experienced writers put words and sentences together.  This is a theme I will often emphasize in coming blogs.

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Clear writing guidelines and techniques.

As the tagline suggests, this site will be dedicated to the art of clear writing.  Why clear writing is an art will be explained in the coming blog.  As will be set forth in the About Me page, also forthcoming, I am a retired attorney and have used my experience from over forty years of legal writing to establish certain guidelines and techniques which enabled me to become an effective writer.  I believe they can help you as well.

My intent is to add at least one new post each week. One approach I will be taking is to explain the use of word association to avoid memorization of grammar rules as a means of improving your writing.  Also, I will make use of various references to help illustrate different paragraphing techniques.

I hope you enjoy this new site and find it useful.

Arnold G. Regardie

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Introduction

This is a new blog.  I’ll be adding comments from time to time.   Many will deal with clear writing, others may be historical or biographical references.

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