Posts filed under: Editing

When I began my journalistic career on my then evening newspaper, I was first sent away with other cub reporters to complete my training. As you can imagine, there was a lot to learn. Some of that knowledge, like the...
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  One of the easiest ways to improve your writing at a stroke is to read it aloud before you hit that “send” button. Here are five reasons for this. Reading aloud forces you to slow down, so you will...
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Last night I was typing up my son’s homework, (I know, I know, but he was using my computer and is painfully slow). After writing millions of words in my career, I’m a very quick typist. I can type without...
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At the end of every Sentence Works course, we have a little section on spelling.  Although most people groan, it’s actually one of the most entertaining parts of the day.  It’s also the time I get the doughnuts out, which...
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I love cats and my husband pretends to, so I thought I’d found the perfect Valentine’s Day card. There was a picture of a lovely cute cat on it, but then came the bit that ruined it. If I was...
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I’m a big believer in short sentences. One of the first exercises we do at my workshops is to take some examples of really long sentences. These come from various sources – a website, a newsletter, an email and a...
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If you’ve ever had to write to a particular word limit, you’ll know it’s easier to write too much than too little. And when that you do go over the word limit, you’ll be faced with an agonising decision about...
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My 12 year old son is mulling over whether to do Latin in school. I did Latin at O level (yes, I’m that old) and it was my favourite subject. If you’re a language fiend, like I am, it’s a...
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When people find out what I do for a living, they often ask me a grammar question. I’m never quite sure whether it’s to catch me out, or whether it’s something that’s been bothering them for a while but they...
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When we talk about apostrophes on Sentence Works courses, this is one that’s hotly debated. I’ve noticed that most cards say “Happy Mother’s Day”. I’ve never been convinced this is right because the apostrophe suggests that the card is referring...
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