Keep Your Writing Simple: Using Plain English

  Using plain, simple language doesn’t mean “dumbing down” your writing. It means getting your message across, clearly and unambiguously, the first time. BY TRACEY HAWTHORNE     Here’s a nursery rhyme you probably know quite well:   A trio of sightless rodents, A trio of sightless rodents: Observe how they perambulate, Observe how they perambulate. They all pursued the agriculturalist's spouse, Who severed their caudal appendages with a carving utensil. Have you previously observed such a phenomenon in your existence As a trio of sightless rodents?   Don’t recognise it? How about:   Three blind mice, Three blind

Grammar Don’t Matter (And Other Online Writing Myths) – by Greg Walker

  You’ve read it before, probably on multiple occasions: Perfect grammar is less important when writing online content than it is for other types of writing. Not so. Grammar does matter. It always has done, and it always will do. Wherever writing is used to communicate ideas and thoughts, grammar will be essential. Because in the end that is what grammar does: It clarifies exactly what you mean to your readers so that they can understand what you are communicating with as little

Think Proofreading Isn’t Important? Think Again… – by Greg Walker

  Proofreading. The word alone is enough to bore the socks off most writers. After going through the whole creative process and editing your work down to a work of art bordering on the sublime, you’re presented with the wearisome process of taking a magnifying glass to your sentences and going on a hunt for misplaced commas. And yet… misplaced commas can be very costly indeed. About as costly as futile full stops, pointless paragraph breaks, and using grandiose-sounding words in completely

How to spruce up your grammar in 2 minutes

A 2- Minute Grammar Lesson from The Writers College What four-letter word regularly wreaks havoc in your writing? Only. Only highlights the word or phrase immediately to its right. If it slips in where it’s not wanted, you end up giving your sentence an unintended meaning.   Consider the possibilities, using this sentence: At Christmas, Nigel sometimes helps himself to four scorched almonds from the box on the mantelpiece. (1) Only at Christmas, Nigel sometimes helps himself to four scorched almonds from the box on the

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