How to Write Cohesive Paragraphs

I speak to lots of people about the things they find most challenging about writing. Some struggle with ideas and others with punctuation; some with sentences and others with organisation; some with vocabulary and others with tone; and so on. Today’s post is for you if you struggle with paragraphs, particularly if you find it difficult to link your paragraphs together smoothly and logically, so […]

How to Organise Writing 1: ‘for & against’

It’s one thing to have good ideas. And quite another to write about them in an organised way. Yet effective organisation – or structure – is really important, whether you’re writing an academic paper, a business letter or copy for your website. Why to Organise Writing 1. Relevance. The topic and scope of a well-organised piece of writing […]

Top 4 DIY Editing Tips

Editing a piece of writing should improve its accuracy, brevity, clarity and readability. This post helps explain how good editing does this, using examples from a real-life project. I’m very grateful to Eagles Wings Australia, an Australian-African aid and development alliance, for allowing me to share from our recent collaboration where I edited a learning […]

Top 3 DIY Proofreading Tips

No-one has time for proofreading, right? Effective writing often takes much longer than we expect and in our time-poor lives, it’s usually a relief to dot the final full stop, tick the box on your to-do list and move on. Not only are we short of time, but proofreading is tricky. For at least two […]

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

I once wrote a Letter of Recommendation and the surprising thing is, it was for myself! I’d asked a respected mentor to write something that I could attach to a job application. He suggested that I draft something that he could then edit and sign. Rats! I’d assumed that he would be doing the actual […]

The Apostrophe in Daily Use – with Real Life Examples (2)

Here’s a sign from one of my favourite coffee shops. Colourfully written on a huge blackboard outside the front door, the warm and friendly message is very inviting. From a marketing point of view, the business is using the sign to establish its uniqueness and to differentiate it from its (many) competitors. But there are two basic […]

The Apostrophe in Daily Use – with Real Life Examples (1)

Would you have spotted the apostrophe error on this sign near my house? We proofreaders spend a lot of time with apostrophes, and there are at least two reasons for this. Confusing apostrophe rules First of all, some of the rules seem contradictory and are therefore difficult to remember. For example, one rule says that […]

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