Handy Editing Tips

Knowing how to edit quickly and efficiently can save you from any wordy disaster. Dealing with everything from spelling, capitals and punctuation to grammar and sentence structure, editing covers everything in writing. Here are a few handy tips to think about when editing your own work. Spelling Checking over your spelling may sound obvious, but […]

How To Proofread

Being an excellent proofreader is a great skill to have. For one thing, nearly every writer going will love your ability to spot a mistake at 20 paces. Becoming a good proofreader though takes practice and even the best in the business can often miss a mistake. So if you find yourself constantly pouring over […]

Preparing a Professional Report

Writing a report can sound like a lot of hard work. Unlike many other document styles, they are formal, comprehensive and full of factual information. More often than not, they are also used to underline a certain point or persuade people to a particular point of view. Arm yourself well however, and crafting a great […]

Commonly Confused Words

Word confusion is rife and something that we can all suffer from. If you’re tired and typing away, it’s easy to look at something, think it’s right and swiftly move on. Here are some classic confused words to look out for when you’re a busy bee tapping away on the keyboard. They have a tendency […]

Reporting on the Red Carpet… tantrums and tiaras

The day after the night before – Oscar frenzy is at its peak. But having caught a glimpse of the red carpet on TV, I felt sorry for some of the journalists making their reports. If actors are lucky enough to win, everyone concentrates on the speech. It’s what millions of people around the world […]

Handy Interview Techniques to Master

Knowing how to conduct a good interview is a skill which can come in very handy. For no matter what area your job is in, having a firm grasp of some solid interviewing techniques can, in many circumstances, save the day. Say you are about to participate in an important meeting, or introduce yourself to […]

The Art of Crafting a Company Newsletter

Company newsletters tend to get a bad press. Often ad hoc in both their layout and delivery, many simply disappear into the ether after a few short months. But with as little bit of news know-how there’s not reason why your newsletter cant spread the word and gain a loyal following at the same time. […]

Creating a Leaflet? Then Read On…

Recently I attended a little networking event, where people were discussing the benefits of business leaflets. One woman talked of her panic at formulating a leaflet just days before a major promotional event. Another was confused as to what exactly to concentrate on. It struck me that the art of creating an eye-catching leaflet for your […]

Writers in hiding – the curse of the modern office block

Not that long ago, journalists and writers formed part of everyday life. The job of a local reporter was to know his area inside out. Getting out and about was very much part of the job – meeting contacts, hearing gossip, mingling with locals… it was the best way to seek out a scoop which […]

What Is A Keyword?

If you’ve ever been near a web designer, at some stage they have probably uttered the phrase ‘keyword’. Essential to any decent site, they are the glue which holds the web together. It can be easy to think that a keyword is just a singular word, used over and over again. But you’d be wrong. […]

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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. […]