Snotty words and phrases: why you mustn’t write them

Do you ever write snotty (i.e. pompous, patronising, condescending) words or phrases … I hope, by accident?

Pompous language

Meet the Snotties.

It’s alarmingly easy to write stuff you think is precise and correct, only to find that as far as your target audience is concerned you come across as a pretentious old/young goat.

Who, moi? My writing is pompous, snotty and stuffy?

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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

Writing bew 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? English has been around since the fourth century BC. Well, some … [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 ...at 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]

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