Synaesthesia – tasting your words

While watching a TV programme recently I heard of a term that I had never heard of before: synaesthesia. Oxford Dictionary of English defines this as “the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body”. For instance, sights or … Continue reading Synaesthesia – tasting your words

Tips for writers: Avoiding sexist and biased language: part 1

In the first part of this blog I will discuss the occurrence and the effect of using sexist language and in part 2 I will go on to the wider issues of using stereotypes and biased language. Meaning and occurrence Sexist language refers to words, terms, or usages that discriminate against or exclude either of … Continue reading Tips for writers: Avoiding sexist and biased language: part 1

The dangers of failing to proofread

Put yourself in your readers’ shoes: how would you feel if you had received a document or publication from someone that contained numerous errors and inconsistencies? Even worse if you had paid good money for it. You would might possibly feel insulted that they could not be bothered to ensure their output was readable and … Continue reading The dangers of failing to proofread

Tips on how to avoid some pitfalls in writing

They say there is a book in each one of us waiting to be written. If that is true it is probably easier for some people than others to turn that into a published book. The first decision to take is about what to write. Tip 1: Write about what you know Not everyone can … Continue reading Tips on how to avoid some pitfalls in writing

The importance of humour in writing

Next to a plot or central purpose, humour is possibly the next most important ingredient of writing. Perhaps humour would not be welcomed in a textbook on physics or a philosophical discourse, but certainly for fiction, travel books, memoirs, and the like it can be a valuable way of injecting some character and light relief. … Continue reading The importance of humour in writing

Tips for small businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions

As a freelance proofreader I operate from a home office and already I have reduced my carbon footprint as regards travel to work as I do not use a car or public transport. I merely have to walk to work, which takes a few seconds. Further savings in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved in … Continue reading Tips for small businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions

How much will you charge me for proofreading?

Understandably I hear this from people enquiring how much I estimate the cost of a proofread will be from me. Unfortunately, some equate freelance with part-time or casual work undertaken, by someone who magically earns their main income elsewhere and can therefore be generous with their time and charge a minimal amount for it. Sadly, … Continue reading How much will you charge me for proofreading?

How to achieve the work–life balance as a freelance

We hear a lot in the media about the health benefits of achieving a good work–life balance, but it is harder to achieve when your home is also your workplace. How do you avoid the stress of not being able to switch off and differentiate work-time from home-time? The following are some strategies that can … Continue reading How to achieve the work–life balance as a freelance

Why proofreading should be part of your marketing strategy

You might think that proofreading is an outdated process that belongs to an era before digital content and communications, when everything was printed and proofs were intensely inspected by eagle-eyed proofreaders wielding red pens. That would be a wrong assumption as proofreading is needed now as much as ever before, perhaps even more so with … Continue reading Why proofreading should be part of your marketing strategy

Is your business ready for Brexit?

  British Prime Minister Theresa May has just fired the starting gun on the UK’s negotiations to withdraw from the European Union with the serving of notice to leave under Article 50. Whatever your own personal views on the implications for the British economy and its effect on your business, it will be a move … Continue reading Is your business ready for Brexit?