Posts Tagged: Writers

  • Thinking style with Steven Pinker

    There are many important lessons to be gleaned from Steven Pinker’s book The Sense of Style, and I don’t just mean pointers on usage conventions and grammatical quirks. His book is not only an invaluable resource, it’s also a jolly good read. But you don’t need to read between the lines to get the idea… Read more »

  • Twenty-five years and counting

    This is an exciting time of year for many young people who, if they are lucky, will shortly be entering the ‘real world’ of work. It’s twenty-five years since I took the same tentative steps, and in this post I share a few thoughts for would-be editors, proofreaders and journalists, and some reflections for those… Read more »

  • Professional policies for freelances

    If you thought that turning freelance meant you could wave goodbye to the corporate world of contracts, policy documents and action plans, think again. Professionals need policies, not least so they can compete on a level playing field with larger organisations, but also to help communicate effectively with clients and to provide clear boundaries to… Read more »

  • Working through the summer

    Working through the summer can be a frustrating business for freelances, torn between the desire to bunk off to the beach with everyone else and the urgent needs of clients. In this post I offer four tried-and-test strategies for keeping your cool through the summer holidays. Which one do you think I am following in… Read more »

  • CPD for editors and writers

    If you want to learn how to do something, try teaching someone else. I don’t know who first said this, and they probably phrased it with greater elegance, but the sentiment is spot on. From revising for a class test to taking on the role of Nelly in the low-budget business classic ‘Sitting next to… Read more »