Category: Writing

Failing to Prepare

I found this in my archives. Sadly, I do not know who wrote it. Certainly wasn’t me.

After a series of searches, I could not find the poem online. So, no attribution. Let’s just call the author Anonymous. Here it is. Enjoy

If you founded your house on the movable sand,
And have failed to secure a firm hold on the land,
Take advice from the Lord and His biblical tale,
If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.

If you squander your time on the tricks of the trade,
On discovering just how shortcut is made,
You’ve neglected to work and your skills are but frail.
If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.

Can you fathom a sailboat alone on the sea,
And the storm and the waves dancing violently?
Like a crew that’s untrained for the tempest and gale,
If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.

If a cross country runner trains only a stint,
And he practices simply by running a sprint,
He will make it part way down the arduous trail.
If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.

Any seeds that are sown will not vanish or spoil,
If they’re spread on the tilled and the fertilized soil.
It’s a soil that’s prepared for the seeds in the pail.
If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.

If you want no excuses, no worries or frets,
If you want peace of mind, ever void of regrets,
Let the wisdom sequester you far from the wail.
If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.

5 simple tips that I learned to improve my writing

Writing is an amazing habit. I try to write everyday. Most days, the writing is average or below average. Once in a while though, the stuff that comes out makes me wonder … did I really write that?

Regardless, writing on a daily basis is a habit I recommend everyone ought to cultivate. You don’t have to write lengthy prose. Just write anything that comes to your mind. There are so many benefits to writing. Just google “benefits of writing“.

But, there are 5 tips I learned, from many different sources, that improves my writing. Hope it helps your writing also.

#1 – Delete the word “that”

You believe that I’m sleeping, but I’m not.

Now, let’s try again without “that”.

You believe I’m sleeping, but I’m not.

#2 – Avoid words that end in “ing”

The food I am eating is usually very disappointing. What are you eating?

Now, let’s try it without the -ing.

The food I eat usually disappoints. What do you eat?

#3 – Remove the words “I think”

“I think, this computer is faster” becomes “this computer is faster.”

The words, “I think” add no real value to the sentence.

#4 – Short Sentences, Shorter Paragraphs

Write short sentences. Write shorter paragraphs.

This tip is from Ernest Hemingway. Most classics have long sentences, longer paragraphs. Not Hemingway. His style came from being a journalist from Kansas City Star.

His best example about short sentences and shorter paragraphs is this:

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.

Ernest Hemingway

A powerful six-word story.

#5 – Be positive, not negative

Another tip from Hemingway. Write what is, not what isn’t.

Instead of saying, this is painless, say, this is comfortable.

Instead of expensive, say economical.

In conclusion …

That’s it. Writing is a muscle. More you work it, stronger it becomes.

When I first discovered these rules, I had trouble committing them to memory. I still forget many. So, I created a printout I can keep on my desk for easy recall.

Download your copy of 5 Simple Tips that Improved My Writing. (no email required). Share it with others without changing anything.

Hope these tips are beneficial to you

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