Writing Tools that will help make your life so much easier

Writing Tools (that will help make your life so much easier)

Writing’s hard. And, unfortunately, nothing’s ever going to take the place of putting your bum in your chair, your fingers to your keyboard (or pen to paper), and getting the hell on with it. But there are writing tools out there that can take the weight off, and help you produce more polished prose. Here […]

Great books for writers to read

Brilliant Books to Read if You Want to be a Better Writer

You want to be a better writer. But there are masses of books about writing and creativity out there. (A quick search on Amazon.co.uk shows over half a million results for books on writing, and over 30,000 on creativity.) Some are motivating, helpful and wise, and others are long-winded, dreary and humour-free. So here are […]

6 Reasons I Hate Articles With Numbers in the Titles

6 Reasons I Hate Posts with Numbers in the Titles

You’ve all seen them. You’ve all clicked on them. No use being coy, because I know it’s true – you clicked on this one, didn’t you? But I hate the things. I mean, list articles may be the most popular type of online article, but is this really a recommendation? In a world where the […]

Contracts for freelance writers

Are Contracts Really Necessary for Freelance Writers? You Bet They Are. Here’s Why

Lately I’ve been devoting time, energy and money to the process of drawing up a set of contracts for my freelance writing services. If you’re a freelance creative, you should do the same. Why? Because I’m now convinced that a tightly drawn contract is worth more than its weight in the precious metal of your […]

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Why I’ll Probably Never Stop Playing Deadline Chicken

Failing to start work well before the deadline is down to sheer laziness, right? Wrong, says an article in Wired magazine. Here’s why I think this idea has significance for writers. Several years ago, I wrote a chapter in a textbook about supporting student writing. I pitched my idea to the editor in plenty of time […]

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Hectic Mum Finds Inner Peace Through Writing

Can you relate to that feeling of always doing, doing, doing and not ‘being’? Of filling your day with lots of activity and yet getting to the end of it feeling like you haven’t actually achieved anything or developed yourself in any way? That’s me at the moment and that’s why writing has become an […]

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Too Much Information! How to Find Quality Information Online

Not so long ago if you were writing an essay or doing research there were only books and journals, and looking for information often entailed a trip to the library. Today, with a smartphone and internet access, you can look up anything, almost anywhere. There’s an enormous amount of information on every conceivable topic that […]

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Setting Up a Website? Three Things to Think About Before You Approach a Copywriter

1) The very first thing to consider is what you want your website to achieve for you. This is a fundamental point, but very few of my copywriting clients have thought about it before we speak, and most need a few additional days to mull it over. It’s a point well worth meditating on, because […]

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Are You Asking a Content Writer to do a Copywriter’s Job?

As a content and copywriter, I communicate with a large number of potential clients over the course of my working week. Most of them have absolutely no idea about the distinction between copy and content writing. And why on earth should they? That’s one of the reasons they hire me. What often happens (about four or […]