Five Ways To Improve Your Writing

There are many reasons why people tap on keyboards (or put pen to paper if they’re feeling nostalgic). Some love it – some hate it. But no matter what your reason for writing, there are ways to make it easier on yourself and your reader. 1. Get the basics right. So often, spelling and basic grammar is overlooked. No matter what subject you’re writing about, you will be judged on your mistakes. 2. Think about structure. Remember beginning-middle-end. Very simple but effective. 3. Length is important too. If you’re writing a presentation, people don’t want to be sitting listening for hours on end. At the other end of the scale, don’t waffle just to fill up space. A good piece of writing shouldn’t feel like a chore to read. 4. Looks count. People will tell you differently, but they’re lieing. The font, the spacing and even the paper will all contribute to how your words are perceived. 5. If things just aren’t going your way… walk away from the computer and take a well earned break. Word blindness can happen to the best of us, especially after a long day in front of the screen. Have a cuppa and a biscuit, do something else for a while and come back to it later. Chances are a little break will do your copy the world of good.

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]