Writing Tools

An old pencil and a scrap piece of paper. A fountain pen and leather-bound book. A laptop or even a phone. Every person has their own way of writing and figuring out what works for you is all part of the fun. personally I’m a fan of the shorthand book. Never expensive and easy to […]

Research – A Must for all Writers

Writers can be a funny lot – and I happily include myself in this observation. We can tap away for hours on end, formulating features and creating conclusions, giving the impression that it all came from nothing. But truth be told, a good writer relies heavily upon their research. conducting research is by no means […]

How to Make a Deadline Every Time

Deadlines are funny things. For some people they bring on night sweats and days of increasing stress. Others thrive on the challenge of getting everything done perfectly on time. No matter what camp you place yourself in, deadlines are a fact of life. Whether you’re handing in an essay, filing an important report or simply […]

A Place For Imagery

Being a copywriter and journalist, words are my trade. However, I also have to think about images and pictures and what impact they have on the words I write. We all know that images can speak a thousands words, but when they right image is used in conjunction with the perfect words, the results can […]

Grammar Gripes

Writing used to be bound by all sorts of rules. There are still a few people out there who stick to the script – making sure that every ‘t’ is crossed, every ‘i’ dotted and every grammatical point in the right place. These days however, the tight rules surrounding grammar have loosened slightly and you’re […]

Jargon Is No Quick Fix

When you know your industry well,  it’s only natural for some buzz words and insider terms to creep in to your vocabulary. For colleagues and other workers, it’s always clear what it is you’re trying to say. But for the general public it can be a different story. In-house, jargon can be a light-hearted and […]

Royal Wedding Mania

The big day is finally here, with millions of people around the word destined to watch William and Kate tie the knot. But as well as many well-wishers lining the streets, there will also be hundreds of journalists all angling for good reporting spots. The temporary media village which has sprung up this week across […]

Interview Trouble?

For many professionals, interviewing forms a big part of their job. Of course, nearly everyone at some point has experienced a job interview – where you’re on the receiving end of some very tricky questions. But actually being able to ask questions and get the answers you want can be a lot of hard work. […]

Selling Through Writing

With Easter now just around the corner, plenty of businesses are gearing up for one of the busiest weekends of the year. However, how you market your stock can make a big impact on the sales figures at the end of the day. Organising a special sales event takes a lot of time and effort, […]

A Wordy Spring Clean

With Spring in the air and Easter just around the corner, everyone is tackling the annual seasonal clean. Clearing out, dusting down or even just rearranging can do wonders not only for your home but for your business too. Updating crucial tools such as your brochures and leaflets, as well as your website, can give […]

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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. […]