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December 17, 2004

The Little Red Writing Book

I’ve been blogging for just over a year now and besides keeping my marketing mind sharp, blogging has helped me sharpen my writing skills. (Or so I think.)

The years of writing in succinct bullet-points for PowerPoint decks adversely impacted my writing. Blogging, albeit informal in nature, has helped me to improve my writing skills. And as a result of writing more, I’m finding myself using PowerPoint less and less in business situations.

For those out there struggling, like I did, to overcome the negative side-effects of PowerPoint reliance … I suggest picking up The Little Red Writing Book.

Little_red_writing_book_1The Little Red Writing book offers 20 basic writing principles on structure, style, readability, and grammar. The book is extremely well-written (as you’d expect), but it's also well-designed. The author, Brandon Royal, gives timeless and actionable writing advice in a compelling manner that comes off as instructional and never pedantic.

If you are seeking to improve your writing, read The Little Red Writing Book. (Besides, it could also improve your PowerPoint writing.)

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The best writing book I ever purchased was Strunk and White's The Element's of Style, as found here:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/020530902X/qid=1103312046/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/102-4386291-1272943?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

The best $8 you'll ever spend and in its few pages you'll learn more than you ever thought possible.

I still pick it up from time to time, and each time is a bit more enlightening.

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