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 […]

More Common Errors

Once you start thinking about common writing mistakes, it’s hard to stop and my last post got a lot of you thinking. Here are a few more easily made blunders to look out for when you are writing. Remember, if all you can see is a page full of mistakes, it’s time to take a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Some Journalistic Jargon To Think About

Close your eyes and think of the classic image of a journalist… I imagine a dedicated, hard working sleuth, stuck in a 1950’s style office. The typewriter is ready to go, the phones are constantly ringing – the whole place is a hive of activity. In the background lurks the editor – ready to come […]

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. […]