Posts filed under: Writing

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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I was out for an early run this morning (a record-for-me 9.3k, thanks for asking) when I was struck by the colour of the sunrise. Layers of pink, grey and yellow streaked the sky. I took some photos, planning to...
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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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One of the easiest ways to keep your copy fresh and readable is to ensure you don’t keep using the same word repeatedly. That can be easier said than done when you find yourself constantly writing on the same subject....
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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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Every so often, I get asked one of these questions: “Why does it matter if my writing is bad/my spelling is poor / my grammar is wrong? As long as people can understand what I mean, who cares?” I think...
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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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We’ve all done it….stared at a blank screen, unable to think of a word to write. Here are six ways to get over that and start to type. 1)     Don’t start at the beginning Do you agonise over your intro?...
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One topic we often discuss at Sentence Works courses is how to get people to open your emails. There is a lot of debate about subject lines, but one thing that’s often overlooked is the “from” line. You might think...
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