Posts filed under: Editing

Here are 10 signs that your love of grammar is taking over your life. Are any of them familiar? 1.     You find yourself correcting your friends and colleagues when they use “less” instead of “fewer”- and don’t apologise when you...
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Many of us are trying to lose the flab after Christmas – but have you ever thought of applying that to your writing? There’s no excuse for flabby writing. Unnecessary words can annoy your reader by increasing the time they...
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I’m often asked to help people write their blogs. It can be one for a charity, related to their hobby or a very personal one about their take on life. But I’m asked to cast my eye over the blogs...
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Exclamation marks are a form of shouting – journalists call them screamers for a good reason.  And if you’re writing for professional purposes, you don’t want to shout. After all, you wouldn’t shout at the person if you were phoning...
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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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Many people were taught at school that you shouldn’t begin a sentence with either of these two words. It’s something that still causes heated debate. The thinking behind this was, I believe, that and and but are co-ordinating conjunctions –...
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Get this one wrong and the Grammar Police will be after you. The people who know the rule get really frustrated with those who don’t! Here I am explaining when to use less and when to use fewer so you’ll...
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In English, there are many pairs of words that sound similar, leaving people confused about which one to use. But they can mean very different things. There’s a quiz on our Facebook Page with examples of six of these. How...
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If you listen to children describing something, you can often pick up a common mistake. It’s one that many of us keep on making when we reach a business setting. Kids may describe a film they have just seen as...
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I ran a new course on Thursday for a PR company. The one-day workshop  was a blend of media training and writing skills. We looked at examples of bad press releases, discussed how to pitch to journalists and debated whether...
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