Lawyers, like those in other professions, have a unique writing challenge. They must communicate specialized knowledge in a way that’s understandable to anyone. To be successful, they can benefit from using Microsoft Word’s readability statistics feature. Having their writing critiqued and receiving editing training can also help.
Consider entering Guideposts Magazine’s 2018 writers workshop contest. The workshop will be held from Oct. 12-18, 2018 in Rye, New York. The twelve participants selected will have all of their expenses paid. The magazine’s editors will teach them how to write inspirational true stories of their own or about others. Those attending will also be considered for future writing opportunities in Guideposts and other magazines the organization publishes. Guidelines for the contest with an entry deadline of June 10, 2018, are at www.guideposts.org.
The 2018 Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference will be held June 29 to July 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, in Austin, Texas. This is an excellent opportunity for writers to hear more than twenty agents, editors and published authors speak and to meet fellow writers. For more information, visit www.writersleague.org.
As the new year dawns, make some resolutions to help you achieve your writing goals.
Whatever you decide to do, be brave, be better and begin.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to express gratitude to those who have helped you succeed as a writer in the past one.
If you’re an aspiring or published author, send handwritten thank-you notes to agents, editors, publishers, book reviewers, mentors, teachers, critique group members and others.
If you’re in the workplace, thank those who have critiqued your drafts or given you opportunities to develop or demonstrate your writing skill.
To learn how to make your manuscripts more publishable, consider taking my upcoming class on Editing Your Creative Writing for Publication. I will teach it from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1, 2018. This will be offered by the community education program of North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas. To read a description of it in the adult program catalog and to register for it, visit https://communityed.neisd.net. This can help you on your road to success.
What do you need to do to be successful as a writer? This is a question to ask yourself when you’re feeling discouraged in trying to improve. Whether you’re a creative writer or business professional, break your goals down into small steps. Doing something manageable each day can keep you motivated.
The 2017 Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference will be held June 30 to July 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road, in Austin, Texas. This is an excellent opportunity for writers to hear twenty agents, editors and published authors speak and to meet fellow writers. Discounts on registration fees are available until April 30. For more information, visit www.writersleague.org.
Writing in what is now known as Plain English or Plain Language can make your thoughts stand out in a sea of information. This is essential for those creating business, government or academic documents.
This style involves using clear and concise sentences and simple words to make ideas quickly understandable to the public. Some years ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States advocated this practice. Its staff published A Plain English Handbook, which is still available online. Since then, those in other countries have also adopted this approach. For more information on this subject, do a Google or youtube.com search.
How you write about a subject is what makes it interesting to readers. You express your style in your view of a topic, tone toward it and originality in language. Be yourself to create a memorable work of art.