Elsewhere in this knowledge archive, we've examined what can become a common pitfall of any writer: word repetition. How repeating the same word - other than those commonly used "connectors" - within the same sentence, paragraph, series of paragraphs, or even on the same page can result in tarnishing your writing with a boring, unimaginative "edge." Yet, the topic isn't as clear cut as perhaps we may at first glance think.
If you were asked to list what you thought were the top three skills of any "successful" writer or speaker, what would be your answer? I'm reasonably sure we could come up a variety of interesting replies.
My title for this article deliberately seeks to draw attention to a flawed belief often referred to as "the silver bullet effect". Many folks seem to be convinced that in order to achieve anything outstanding or successful, there must be some secret or "hidden knowledge" that we all have to master in order to "make it." For example, a number of people have asked me questions like: "Do I need a college degree to become a good writer?"