Tag: writing

“Writing, when properly managed […] is but a different name for conversation.” - Laurence Sterne  (1713–1768)

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National Novel Writing Month fail

8 ways to fail at NaNoWriMo

As failed novelists, thus far at least, we thought we’d be able to give you some counter advice – what not to do if you want to get a novel under your belt during November. 1) Discover a television show you really have to binge watch ‘TV is a great way to learn about crafting […]

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National Novel Writing Month

Words of encouragement, unsolicited advice, and a few reservations about starting a novel for NaNoWriMo

For those participating in NaNoWriMo, I salute you. By all means, please brag about your novel to your friends. Be proud of it. Appreciate the encouragement you receive. Ignore any eye rolls. And, most importantly, use this month as an opportunity not to simply write as many words as you can, but to become a […]

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” - Joan Didion  (1934– )

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principal principle

Quiz: principal or principle?

Do you sometimes confuse principal and principle? Test yourself with our short quiz. Find out how to use principal and principle correctly in a sentence.

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book review

How to write a compelling book review

Summer is a time when many of us have a little extra time for reading. For me, that means Go Set a Watchman, some Haruki Murukami and James Lee Burke, plus summer mysteries and thrillers. It means catching up on what local authors and friends have published. And it means reading new books in my […]

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left-handed

What Katy wrote: terms for left-handed people on Left Handers Day

As my fellow mollydookers will know, the world is a tough place. From can openers (talk about can’t openers) to scissors, and hockey sticks to spiral-bound notepads, some things are just plain awkward. Left itself comes from the Old English lyft, ‘weak’ (the left-hand side being regarded as the weaker side of the body) and, […]

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Copyediting your own work can be tricky.

6 simple rules for copyediting your own work

Whenever we write something – be it a novel, research report, formal letter, or email – there comes a point when we feel that we have included all of the information that we want. It can be very tempting, at this point, to press ‘send’ or submit the document. However, taking the time to copyedit […]

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