Something to Read: “Nicely Said”


And now for something completely different! Ever since I started this blog a little over a month ago, I’ve been looking for advice on how to better communicate my “voice” through my writing. Well, I just got done reading this book, Nicely Said: Writing for the Web With Style and Purpose, by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee. I’m not sure if this advisory book is covered by the definition of  “art” (which is what I normally talk about on here), but it is most definitely worth a recommendation.

Fenton is an independent writer and editor, having worked for Apple and a few other unnamed companies. Lee is a wirter and editor at MailChimp, and has written for the likes of Forbes and A List Apart. Both authors use this combined experience to provide advise on writing anything from blog posts, to website interface flow, to marketing copy. Covering topics such as watching your tone, creating and following style guides and, of course, finding your voice. And if you’re not well versed in writer’s terms, don’t worry, it’s all written in plain English.

Since I’m only writing a personal blog, there’s obviously some stuff in here that didn’t really apply to me. But I still found this book really helpful for what I’m doing here. One of the biggest things I took away on my first read-through is how to better write in a friendly, conversational tone, something I now think about with every post. If you’re looking at getting into anything that requires a large amount of writing, I highly recommend you give this one a look.

You can find out more about Nicely Said by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee at the book’s official site.

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