Prewriting: A Precursor To Rad Writing

As I was writing my last post about the importance of revising and editing your work, it dawned on me that many people who are required to write today (blogs, social media, company newsletters, etc.) may not have much experience with the writing process. So I decided to blog about it to explain each step’s importance … Continue reading

Why Grammar Still Matters (Even on a Smartphone)

Does your email signature on your smartphone contain the following disclaimer? Sent from [insert smartphone model here]. Please excuse misspellings, typos and grammatical errors. Sorry, it won’t save you. This post is being typed on a smartphone, but I don’t expect you to excuse any errors. In fact, I’m embarrassed when I spot an error, … Continue reading

Sunshine Award Nomination From Ahh The Simple Life

CCC is honored to accept the Sunshine Award from Ahh the Simple Life! It’s an award one blogger gives to other bloggers “who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” Carol Preibis, co-founder of Ahh the Simple LIfe, is a contributor to the CCC blog and also recently published an eGuide, Living a Good … Continue reading

Publishing: The End or The Beginning?

It’s over. We’ve reached the last step of the writing process: publishing. Simple, right? Just click Publish and you’re done. Not quite. After tackling prewriting, drafting, revising and editing, there’s still work to do. Depending on your project, some of these questions may answer themselves, or you may have some more thinking to do. What medium … Continue reading

Revising: No Rules, Just (Get It) Right

You’ve tackled prewriting (in the forest or the bathtub) and burst through the drafting phase like a team taking the field. Whew, we’re done, right? No, now it’s time to revise. Revising is all about making your work sound right. So read it — to yourself or out loud. (This is where it helps to have … Continue reading

Step 2: Now It’s Time To Write

If prewriting is the pregame strategy session, step two of the writing process — drafting or writing — is the mad rush onto the field. After all of the film watching and play designing and planning, it’s time to let it all out. draft·ing (verb): the second stage of the writing process during which a … Continue reading

The Power of the (Red) Pen

“To write is human, to edit is divine.”  -Stephen King When I was in school, there was nothing I hated more than the red pen. Teachers would use it to correct mistakes on your paper and make suggestions. As a perfectionist, I attributed any red marks to failure, which was not high on my to-do … Continue reading

Interview: What I’ve Learned on the Small Business Journey

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Vizaca, an online magazine for global entrepreneurs and small business owners, for interviewing me about my small business journey. It was a pleasure to discover this resource and share my experience with others. Tell us about yourself? I’m Jaime Shine, founder of Clearly Conveyed Communications. I’m a writer, marketing professional … Continue reading

How to Take a Break from Technology Without Moving to the Woods

The views were breathtaking. After a client conference last week, I took a day off in nearby Park City, Utah. If you’ve never been, the landscape is breathtaking, and I didn’t even have a chance to hit the slopes. If you’re not a skier, there’s plenty of other sights and sounds to entertain you. There’s … Continue reading

5 Cool Gift Ideas for Creative Professionals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While some people stress over gift-giving, we enjoy the process of finding the perfect gifts for everyone on our list. (It even sharpens our marketing skills!) If you’re buying for a creative professional, check out our ideas for the mad men or women in your life. Moleskine Notebooks … Continue reading