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The environment we write in (and 5 random facts about mine)

How does the environment where you live and work affect the way that you write? I wrote a few weeks ago that my definition of curiosity includes: “the wonder of exploring new places - and the ability to see the magic in the tired old streets we call… Continue reading

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How to be a total reader magnet: pulling the readers that you want

Photo by Moriza It’s party season for writers as 2007 draws to a close.  It’s never been easier to write and publish your own work.  But with over 70 million blogs out there how do you make your writing stand out from the crowd?  It’s… Continue reading

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Hospitable writing: 5 ways to engage your readers

One of the things I enjoy most about working as a writing coach is the chance to immerse myself in other people’s writing: to learn their expressions, their words, their turns of phrase, to get familiar with the things that trip them up and the things that they’re spectacularly good at - often without realizing [...]

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The power of our words to make a connection

November can be a grey, dreich kind of month in Scotland and to be honest it’s normally my least favourite time of year.  This time round though I’m looking forward to the new month - because it gives me the opportunity to explore the way we can use our words… Continue reading

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Forget your words and look at your page

“All writers I know underestimate the value of the visual aesthetics of the page. Enlightened writers should concern themselves with typeface, type size, white space, format and even with the visual effects of punctuation.” (Roy Peter Clark) As writers we tend to get hung up on the detail… Continue reading

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