On Writing

One of my closest colleagues is positively phobic when it comes to writing. She is literally paralyzed when someone tells her to put something in writing. Her writing process is probably akin to my drywalling process--that is to say, nonexistent unless you consider surrounding yourself with the appropriate tools and then sitting in the midst of them muttering and wringing your hands a process. But I know she's not alone--many nursing programs fail to teach basic writing skills to their students and even fewer teach the fundamentals of business writing, making it feel complicated and intimidating to many.

If you're running a program, though, chances are good that you have to do some writing as a part of your job. Whether it's a proposal to your boss outlining why your position should be funded a few more hours a week, or sending a thank you letter to the Rotarians for the donation to your program, or writing a grant to your community foundation for that new camera you're hoping to purchase, writing is part of the gig. And really, the best way to improve your writing is to, well, write. Practice makes your writing better (as does a ruthless editor, but that's another post).

To get you started, I offer you one of the best (and briefest) pieces on writing out there. Some of you will raise an eyebrow when you notice I'm referring you to a comic strip writer and not, say, the Chicago Manual of Style. I'm not saying it should be your only source for writing assistance, just a good place to begin the journey (for the technical stuff, I'm a fan of Grammar Girl).

Enjoy your weekend!