Phil Friedman

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Before Writing Comes Thinking — Or At Least It Should

Before Writing Comes Thinking — Or At Least It Should

IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON THINKING MORE CLEARLY, YOU WILL AS A MATTER OF COURSE IMPROVE YOUR WRITING...


A great number of people seek help to improve their writing. However, in most cases, improving one's writing is to put the cart before the horse as a far better approach is to first improve the clarity of your thought, and to sharpen your reasoning abilities.

Form without substance is vacuous, and literary facility without rational foundation is sophistry...

Phil Friedman (If I Do Say So Myself)

Do you know how to reason your way through a simple syllogism? Do you understand the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning? Can you wade though claims by others, and discern which are factual and which are baloney? When you write and publish on a public platform, are you confident in standing up to those who disagree with you?

If you're unsure of yourself in these or other areas pertaining to your writing, the time is now to develop the intellectual muscle you'd like to have...

At www.learn2engage.org, we help you improve your reasoning skills and thinking abilities, and as a matter of course, thereby help you improve the quality of your writing. Instruction is handled directly by yours truly, both over the internet and in person, both one-on-one and in small supportive groups. For more information and to arrange for a free 1/2-hour consult, contact me, Phil Friedman, right away. You won't regret that you did.


About me, Phil Friedman:  With 30 some years background in the marine industry, I've worn numerous hats — as a yacht designer, boat builder, marine operations and business manager, marine industry consultant, marine marketing and communications specialist, yachting magazine writer and editor, yacht surveyor, and marine industry educator. I am also trained and experienced in interest-based negotiation and mediation. In a previous life, I taught logic and philosophy at university.

To see a sampling of my more than 1,000 published print and digital articles, go to the following links:  

https://www.bebee.com/@phil-friedman

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https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/author/posts#published


I look forward to speaking with you, soon.


Best regards,

Before Writing Comes Thinking — Or At Least It Should

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Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #14

Yes you did Phil Friedman, as always. Cheers.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #13

#20
yes, Milos Djukic, you've caught me there. But I hope I've included at least a tiny nugget of good advice, as well. Cheers!

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #12

This is an expertly made advertisement.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #11

#16
Ah yes, @Maja Vujovic, abduction is an interesting case, especially for those of us who read some of the work of C. S. Peirce and A.J. Ayer. I also have a fondness for "eduction" -- defined as similar to induction, but moving to a valied generalization from a single, self-evidentiary instance of factual observation. As you, no doubt, well know, logical reconstruction is the pathway to the thinking soul. Thank you for reading and commenting. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #10

#13
Thank Cory Galbraith for the reading and commenting, and for the heads up. Actually, the website, which is mounted on Blogger, is dynamic -- or is supposed to be -- and reformats for mobile devices. I just rechecked and it seems to work for iPhone and iPad, although I cannot at this point say about Android based devices. It does work, though, on Windows 10 tablet devices. Of course, I can't help you until you give up that 15 year old Motorola smart phone you're still using. :-) For the record, I have both Blogger and WordPress sites operating for varying business purposes, and find that the Blogger sites are quicker to set up -- although somewhat more limited in terms of features. Considering migrating the learn2engage site over to WordPress.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #9

#14
Thank you the kind words, and for reading and commenting, @Maja Vujovic.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #8

#1
Thank you, Navinya, for reading and commenting, and for the kind words. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #7

#6
@Fatima Williams - thank you for reading and commenting, and for the exceptionally kind words, which make the effort of writing worthwhile. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #6

#2
Donna-Luisa Eversley, thank you eversley so much for the kind words. Your own work also has a unique quality of its own, and your voice always brings a smile to my otherwise grim countenance. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #5

#3
- I thought pretty much the same thing, when I opened and read Jeffrey's post... and posted a comment on it. I consider Jeff one of my most valued online writer friends. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #4

#7
Thank you for the kind words, Nicole Chardenet. Interesting that so many people are actually seeing worthwhile content in a post that I saw initially as pretty much an advertisement for my new program, learn2engage. I guess the theme resonates. Which is encouraging -- on all fronts. Cheers!

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

5 years ago #3

One of my favorite writers #WritingTips #thinkbeforeyouwrite #practicemakesperfect #self-improvement Thank you Phil Friedman

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

5 years ago #2

One of my favorite writers #WritingTips #thinkbeforeyouwrite #practicemakesprefect #self-improvement Thank you Phil Friedman

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

5 years ago #1

One of my favorite writers #WritingTips #thinkbeforeyouwrite #practicemakesprefect #self-improvrment Thank you Phil Friedman

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