Archive | July, 2007

The music that gets you writing

I’ve got a big piece of writing on just now, a major project that I’ve been developing for months but need to complete (in first draft anyway) by next Tuesday. To shift the mood from research and note-taking to writing ‘proper’ (if you know what I mean) I’ve been experimenting with some different music to [...]

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What I learned about writing from travelling in Mexico

“It may, I think, be justly observed, that few books disappoint their readers more than the narrations of travellers.” So wrote Samuel Johnson back in 1760… and yet his his own travel writing, based on his Journey (with Boswell) around the Western Islands of Scotland is one of the most famous travel journals in history.  [...]

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A comic strip for the 4th July

What’s your favourite comic strip?  Is there a comic that you follow every day, check out every so often or remember fondly from childhood? I’ve got the Andertoons on the Confident Writing site to add a bit of colour and humour but I have to confess I no longer follow a cartoon on a daily [...]

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Writing about good news

It’s great to be able to write about some good news today, the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston after 114 days in captivity.  I was listening to first his parents then Alan himself on the radio this morning, expressing their gratitude for the support they’d had from people all over the world, praying and [...]

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Check out your blog spelling

How good is the spelling on your blog?  Here’s a quick test you can take to check your score - based on some of the most common errors that have been found in the blogosphere. There’s a couple of questions that are based on what I’d consider tricky words to spell (well that’s my excuse [...]

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