At first glance by the layperson the terms collective nouns and mass nouns might appear to be the same, but there are differences.
I have discussed previously authors’ quotations about each other – sometimes derogatory – but how do they and others regard the craft of writing? Here are a few of the … Continue Reading Authors’ quotations on writing: What do writers think of their craft?
You might think that proofreading is an outdated process that belongs to an era before digital content and communications, when everything was printed and proofs were intensely inspected by eagle-eyed … Continue Reading Why proofreading should be part of your marketing strategy
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 … Continue Reading Is your business ready for Brexit?
What is legalese? It is a very specific language written by lawyers that is often verbose and opaque to the lay reader. Perhaps lawyers write in a long-winded manner as … Continue Reading Legalese – kicking a bad habit
You might wonder what the difference is between hyphens (-) and dashes/rules (*– en, — em dash/rule) that are to be seen in publications. Well, they have distinct functions in … Continue Reading Tips for writers: Knowing how to use hyphens and dashes
When writing, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, there are numerous pitfalls to avoid and what follows is just a selection of the most commonly encountered ones. Clichés Some authors … Continue Reading Pitfalls in writing
In part 1 of Writing reports I discussed the importance of creating a simple and appealing visual appearance using several techniques, and in part 2 I discussed consistency of style. … Continue Reading Tips for writers: Writing reports part 3. How to present data
In part 1 of Writing reports I discussed the importance of creating a simple and appealing visual appearance using several techniques, and in part 2 I discuss consistency of style. … Continue Reading Tips for writers: Writing reports part 2. How to achieve consistency of style
In their headlong rush to communicate as much information and data as possible to their readers, many authors of reports often neglect to pay sufficient attention to how they communicate … Continue Reading Tips for writers: Writing reports part 1. How to improve visual appearance
Some while ago I wrote about Mark Twain’s opinion of Jane Austen and other authors, but what do other authors and critics think of him and each other? The comments … Continue Reading Authors attack! What they think of each other
There are several myths about English grammar and typography that are widely held but have little or no validity. A few are discussed here.
The Find tool in Microsoft Word is a useful and powerful instrument but can cause difficulties when used in conjunction with the Replace tool without caution.
I am sorry if you were expecting a discussion about a favourite foodstuff. I am going to talk about another kind of waffle – writing in a lengthy, vague, … Continue Reading Tips for writers: How to cut the waffle
Following on from the benefits of proofreading there are several steps an author can take before submitting a document for proofreading to make the task faster and cheaper
The benefits of proofreading with three scenarios as reasons for proofreading