eTips Mid-Month MiniTM

September 2006

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I know what I know and I write it.
—Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize—Literature, 1990

This month’s forum topic:
Do you use templates for
common letter forms?

In some instances, writing templates can help you stem writer’s block and conserve your time. These handy tools can provide you with a predetermined format and, in some cases, “stock” paragraphs for those times when you need to supply general information that never changes. Here are a few examples of how templates might be used for common writing situations.

Grid Template for Recording Data

The owner of a consignment clothing shop might use templates for stock organization and inventory forms. In dealing with many “suppliers”—people who bring in clothing for consignment resale—keeping track of who is owed what can get pretty tricky. A grid template helps keep track of who brought in what clothes, which ones have sold at what price, and how much is due the sellers. This saves time and, since “time is money” in business, quite a few dollars too!

Stock Verbiage for General Information

The CEO of a financial services firm deals with clients through written communication, which makes templates very helpful. By creating pre-formatted Microsoft Word document files with general information already filled in, this person could simply pull up a template and fill in, add, or change details here and there to tailor each letter to the particular client. While this saves a significant amount of time, to the clients’ eyes the letters are completely personalized.

Templates in the Write for Business CD

Don’t forget the letter templates on the CD included with Write for Business. They are businesslike and to the point, yet they are not cold or off-putting. It is much easier to use these than to organize your ideas from scratch each time. And when you do use them, you can trust that the organization of your message is solid.

Watch for another Writers’ Forum question in our October eTips.

WORD PAIR of the MONTH: Waver and Waiver

Oh, the havoc i can wreak! That little, dotted vowel can change the word “waver” to “waiver,” two words with very different meanings, and two words you want to be sure to use correctly.

Waver means “to falter due to a lack of decision making.”

He is sure of his facts and will not waver in his position on the project.

However, add that “i” and the word becomes waiver, which means “a conscious surrender of rights or privileges.” Think of it as “I surrender.”

She wanted to have her lawyer read the waiver before she would sign it.

To remember which is which, think of this helpful line:

Waver? Not I! But the waiver I will sign!”

BONUS WORD PAIR: Wreak and Wreck

Wreak means “to inflict” and should not be confused with wreck, which means
“to destroy.”

A tornado can wreak havoc if it hits a town. It can wreck a house in seconds.

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