Improve Your Writing

  Everyone has a book in them, so the saying goes, but putting pen to paper can be a scary experience. I’ve touched on how to improve writing skills before (Five Ways to Improve Your Writing) but it’s such a big topic that its well worth revisiting. Getting Started Staring at a blank piece of […]

Why Style Books Still Matter

Style Books have always played an important role in publishing. Among the mass media, newspapers and magazines in particular constantly rely on a uniform style. The world ‘Style’ is even derived from the Latin for ‘pen’ and in a way, it’s an attempt to impose a little bit of order to what can be a […]

Editing Nightmares

I’ve recently been updating my InDesign skills with a course at the City of Glasgow College. As well as learning all the latest tricks in InDesign CS5.5, I’ve been honing my page planning skills. In the heat of the moment it can be very easy to make mistakes, As these clangers show…    

Do Style Sheets Work?

Nearly every publication has it’s own style sheet – their own personal editorial  bible they can rely on during any wordy crisis. Copywriters too tend to have their own set of style rules which can help them through any tough assignment. Of the many charms style sheets offer, its their ability to reassure which is […]

Common Errors To Avoid

Sticking to the rules can be hard work. Grammar, spelling and structure all play a part in writing but if you don’t bend rules sometimes, your writing can look a little straight laced. That said, there are a few mistakes you will always want to avoid. Here are just a few whoppers to look out […]

The Secret to Press Releases

Everyone loves a press release. By their very nature they are designed to make life simpler for everyone involved. That’s if they are created correctly. All too often, the most basic and essential information is left out of press releases because people try to cover too many areas.

A Few Editing Tips

Editing is sometimes a tough gig. You have to be in the right frame of mind to tackle heaps of words and have the confidence to cut where it is needed most. So here are a few little tips to help you on your way to editing success…

Efficient Editing

Editing is a skill. Anyone can hack away at a piece of writing to cut it down to size, but editing it properly will make all the difference. All to often, people cut from the bottom. It’s quick to do, and if the piece has been written well, it shouldn’t affect the flow. But reading […]

Getting Things in the Right Order

For some people, even the thought of tackling company newsletters, press releases and annual reports can bring on a cold sweat. Very often writing is not their area of expertise and they have no option but to get on with the job at hand. If you find yourself tied to the desk desperately trying to […]

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 […]

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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. […]