How to write with a co-writer or two

Many of us – in any number of job roles – are well used to working within a team, which might suggest that writers can work in a team in a similar way. Uh, uh: not necessarily. Why? Read on. If you need to collaborate with another worker – whether for business or other activity, for a blog, article, report, white paper, brochure, etc…here are some tips you might find helpful.

Writing with more than one author

A camel is a horse designed (and written about) by a committee.

Probably the most difficult part of working within a team as one or two of the “writers,” is the way that these roles can become politically sensitive.

Why does being “the writer” in a team suggest authority?

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How to write some bantastic new words for 2019

If you’re fed up with the English language and how its sheer lunacy can drive us all doo-lally, here’s a nifty thought or three.

Who says we can’t write our own new words in English?

Writing bew words for 2019English has been around since the fourth century BC. Well, some of its forms have been, anyway

According to Wikipedia The earliest form of English is called Old English or Anglo-Saxon (c. 550–1066 CE). Old English developed from a set of North Sea Germanic dialects originally spoken along the coasts of Frisia, Lower Saxony, Jutland, and Southern Sweden by Germanic tribes known as the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes.”

So why are we constrained in writing new English words?

Bottom line is, we aren’t. Why should we genuflect to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), relying on them to approve new words? Here are a few from its December 2018 list. Surely we can do better than this?  [Continue reading]

What to write to someone whose child has died

what to write to bereaved parents

Have you ever said or written something, trying to be helpful when someone's child has died, only to realise that was probably the worst thing you could have done? Some years ago my next-door neighbours got married. As we lived in adjacent … [Continue reading]

BUT is a hurtful word: what writing lesson can we learn from dressage?

why the word BUT can be unnecessarily negative

Have you ever noticed how the word "but" can rip the positivity out of the words preceding it in whatever you're writing the expense of your poor readers who may suffer from its nasty negativity? Being a weirdo, when I'm not writing in … [Continue reading]

What do we want to write better in 2019?

Writing: the emotional flashpoint of dyslexia

I don't mean this in a commercial way, but rather as in what from your heart do you really want to share with others in this coming year when we're focused more than ever on deeply personal issues like mental health, mindfulness, happiness, … [Continue reading]

How to write better New Year’s resolutions 2019

Poem about New year's resoluytions

Here's a little poem for those of you working out what your New Year's resolutions will be this year...with some, er, tips on how to do a more realistic job of it than we sometimes do! How to write better New Year's resolutions for 2019 It's … [Continue reading]