Tag: writing

  • 22nd April 2010

Are we giving up on the written word?

I couldn’t help but laugh when I stumbled on this story earlier today. In a nutshell, Michigan’s Grand Rapids Public School Superintendent Bernard Taylor has stirred up controversy – by criticising pupils’ poor spelling and grammar. The pupils, from Colt Creative Arts Academy, had written to Taylor asking him not to cut art and music […]

  • 5th March 2010

Writers – think before you touch the controls

I’ve just started learning to drive. Lesson three was this morning and, whilst I’m slowly getting the hang of it, I’m still a bit uncertain of the controls. Most of the time it’s not a problem. Shifting the gear into fourth instead of second isn’t really the end of the world, although tapping the brake […]

  • 20th January 2010

A word out of place may see the strippers go free

I vowed not to blog today – I’ve too much else to fit in – but this story was too good not to share. According to the New York Post, porn star Alexia Moore and topless dancer Falynn Rodriguez may evade prostitution charges because of a legal – ahem – cock up. When prosecutors drew […]

  • 8th January 2010

Is your writing musical and grammatical?

What influenced your writing? I mean, really influenced it? I’m not talking here about the writers that helped to shape your prose. That’s an easy enough list to rattle off. Mine would put these folks into pole position: Evelyn Waugh, Max Beerbohm, Muriel Spark, P.G. Wodehouse, Richmal Crompton – even the artist J.A.M. Whistler (really […]

  • 4th August 2009

A tip for writing dialogue

If I had to single out one hallmark of bad writing, it’s a tendency to sprinkle adverbs on otherwise decent prose, especially in passages of dialogue. It’s a habit that lots of romantic novelists and chick-lit writers have got into, and I hate it. Copywriters aren’t immune from the disease. I often have to edit […]


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