How to Edit and Improve Your Writing

Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne Even the best of writers work hard to write well. Rarely does good writing just flow out of us. Instead, we must trim, mend and craft our words, our sentences and our paragraphs. The first step is to create a draft. Next, you can move on to … Continue reading

Tips to get you writing!

Deadlines. Dreadful, looming, painful, beautiful, productive deadlines. Love them or hate them, we often need them to get things done. In a world where I make my own, deadlines can be challenging. I find it tempting to waste time, for instance, looking up the etymology of a word like ‘deadline’ – and then worrying whether … Continue reading

Concept Mapping

I’ve valued concept maps (also known as mind maps or writing webs) as a writing and teaching tool for many years. Read on to learn how to use concept maps for writing, editing, project planning and teaching. What are concept maps? Concept maps are visual representations of linked thought. A key topic is written first, … Continue reading

Thoughtful Activism for Kids

My son’s selling lemonade this weekend to raise money for Ryan’s Well Foundation, a charity he’s learning about at school. His grade two teacher introduced Ryan’s Well to teach the kids about community leadership and helping others. I welcome her efforts and support my child in trying to do good. I also want him to … Continue reading

How to make your website look great

Here are a few things I’ve learned about how to make a website look good: People like plain websites. They don’t want a lot of bling. Relevant, simple images that add a splash of style work best. A white background with dark text (12 point font) is easiest for most people to read. Save colours … Continue reading