Financial Writing: A Love Story

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I never imagined I’d be a financial writer. The writing part… of that, there was no doubt. For a long time, I thought my future lay in fiction writing.

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Ode to a Typewriter

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Smith Corona, Father’s boon companion
when he, with GI Bill, was college bound.
Lent to daughter, helping her to fashion
stories, poems, essays—a proving ground
of steel and ink for writerly pursuits. ...

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Yes and !

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There is no one way to write a piece, be it an article, a white paper or anything else. Some writers work from a numbered outline, others from index cards. For years, I started with the conclusion, but lately I’ve been focusing on the introduction.

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Comma Now, It’s a Question of Style

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We writers have strong feelings about grammar and usage. The question of serial commas, for example, tends to generate a lot of heat. (So do hyphens, split infinitives, and contractions. But we’ll leave those for another time…)

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(Un)Block and Tackle

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I don’t believe in writer’s block. When people say they are blocked, I think they are saying: “This is hard and I don’t want to do it.”

With the latter statement, I have no quarrel. The writing process can be so challenging and so frustrating that we want to do just about anything else.

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In Search of the Right Word

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The right word in the right place. That’s the goal of every writer. But sometimes, the right word is elusive, ethereal, at the edge of perception. I squint into the middle distance, trying to catch a glimpse. Seldom am I successful.

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