A roadmap for writing

‘Write Away’ by Elizabeth George You’ll often hear writers talk about the value (or...

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On being a word nerd. A word nerd, I be.

I’ve just finished reading ‘The story of be: A verb’s-eye view of the English...

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Being specific with modifiers

I’m often troubled by vague modifiers (things that describe something else within the...

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Break at your own risk: Genre conventions and why we need them

My attention has been side-tracked recently by two real estate signs that break conventions Both...

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To apostrophise or not to apostrophise?

Most of the time, deciding whether to use a possessive apostrophe is pretty easy If the concept...

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In sentences: put together ideas that belong together

Sentences with awkward or confusing structure – particularly sentences that separate ideas that...

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Long live the singular they

I’m currently enjoying Steven Pinker’s excellent 2014 book ‘The sense of style: The thinking...

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Why writing is like cooking

I love a good metaphor And in my new life as café-owning writer, I can’t help but see the...

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Making sense of sentences in election materials

Election materials are starting to appear in our letterboxes, and they feature some ill-conceived...

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