How to Kill a Word | Books & Beer

kill-a-word-2Patrick McLean helps people and companies with their writing and communication. He is an accomplished author and writing coach with decades of experience. We covered a lot of excellent ground in this 15 minute episode of The Books & Beer Hangout, like:

  • Why so many people are terrible at writing
  • A shift in collegiate standards of writing in the 1950s
  • And writing has become more complex, for no good reason
  • Becoming a purposeful writer
  • Cultivating efficiency in your writing
  • Why all adjectives and adverbs have to die
  • And that’s not just your editor’s job
  • Why you might need a writing coach
  • The value of writing collaboratively
  • … but knowing when to not trust your collaborators.
  • When is the right time to start killing words?
  • The importance of a visual structure
  • Why you should read everything you write out loud
  • Bonus materials:
  • A free microsite where you can submit samples of your writing and get feedback from Patrick. For free.
  • A collaborative rewriting video with prior B&B guest Brand Gamblin, showcasing the death of some words in a real-world writing coach setting.
  • A screenbook that helps with rewriting. Helpful and hilarious.

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine, Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues, and some Maker’s Mark. No, not beer. But close enough!

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