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What’s an apostrophe for?

The importance we attach to grammar rules varies according to the context and circumstances of our writing.  I guess most people don’t bother too much with apostrophes when they’re sending an SMS or text message (I know I don’t, I’m of an age that it takes me an eternity just… Continue reading

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To boldly go: the case for the split infinitive

“Don’t split an infinitive” is one of the most quoted ‘rules’ in English grammar.   ”To boldly go where no man has gone before” is perhaps the most famous example of the broken rule in action. Not everyone agrees that this is an absolute or even a useful rule to… Continue reading

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The motivation to write

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Are you aware of the purpose that lies behind your writing - the reason why you want to write?  Are [...]

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Coffee house writing

Do you ever sit and scribble in a coffee house?  Jotting down new ideas, capturing fragments of a conversation, doodling the perfect metaphor for a piece of writing or maybe even working on a chapter of your novel? If so, you’re not alone.  Now there’s a place where you can go and read some of [...]

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Is your writing worth reading?

“Know yourself” is a maxim that applies as much to writing as other areas of your life.  That includes asking yourself honestly if your writing, to quote Franklin, is worth reading. Quality writing counts, not least in the business world.  Brian Clark has a great post at Copyblogger applying the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin to [...]

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