Where next for How To Write Better: on page 1 of Google today!

Really thrilled to see that How To Write Better is back on Page 1 of Google, from a grand total of 2,270,000,000 results (approximately!)

How To Write Better on Google page 1

Sorry for the poor picture quality – best I could do with an IPhone…

Admittedly we’re only at the bottom, but it’s an achievement all the same. Thank you, readers, for supporting the site and helping it to grow

What would you like to see more of on How To Write Better?

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More English language lunacy: pronunciation poem from 1922

Many thanks to my son Tom who found yet another incredible testament to the sheer lunacy of the English language, in a poem written back in 1922 by Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870-1946), a Dutch observer of English.

Poem about English language

Say inveigh, neigh, but inveigle, make the latter rhyme with eagle.

Trust a sensible, no-nonsense Dutchman to show us how ridiculous English can be…and I’m so glad to realise that it isn’t just me, but several other writers over the years, who have felt the same way.

Let me start the ball rolling here in 2018, with three areas of my home city, Milton Keynes, England:

Broughton (pronounced Brawton)
Woughton (pronounced Woofton)
Loughton (pronounced La-owton)

Enjoy…

Gerard Nolst Trenité – The Chaos (1922)

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
   I will teach you in my verse
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Happy Hanukkah: hope it give us peace and love

To all our Jewish friends, here’s hoping you’re enjoying a peaceful and restorative Hanukkah.

Hanukkah celebration on HTWB

Happy Hanukkah!

At this time of the year there are a number of religious and other festivals, and it’s right that – as we honour all such festivals – we honour Hanukkah, with its lovely story that can inspire us for greater hope, light, peace and tranquility.

All qualities we need to cling on to even more in these turbulent, troubled times.

This year Hanukkah ends on the evening of Monday (December 10th, 2018), but for now…

Happy Hanukkah!

 

 

How to write political spin

You really can’t fail to admire the ways in which political journalists and politicians manage to write accounts of events and issues which, though vaguely accurate if you stretch your imagination, vary hysterically and often hilariously in how the subjects are portrayed.

political spin

Spin description of a prison sentence: a “holiday paid for by Her Majesty.”

What exactly do we mean by “political spin?”

According to our beloved Wikipedia

“In public relations and politicsspin is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing a biased interpretation of an event or campaigning to persuade public opinion in favor or against some organization or public figure. While traditional public relations and advertising may also rely on altering the presentation of the facts, “spin” often implies the use of disingenuousdeceptive, and highly manipulative tactics.[1]”

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Writing for a living – and for life: an interview with Ali, Suze and a Sprocker

I was really flattered to be asked by the amazing Ali Moore, psychotherapist and coach at Bemoore, to feature in one of her Reconnection videos on YouTube.

Bemoore Reconnection

Ali Moore

Ali’s Reconnection series, as the name suggests, explores times in people’s lives when they have – either voluntarily, coincidentally or accidentally – reconnected with themselves and others and so made substantial improvements to their happiness and wellbeing.

In this video, I share the time when, after many years focusing on advertising writing while writing and marketing my own books, [Read more…]

What to write to overseas friends about Brexit…LOL

As we’re all wondering just what the hell will happen about Brexit to those of us who live in the UK, it can hardly be surprising that people living outside of the UK are utterly bewildered and wondering what even more about what will happen next.

I thought, therefore, that I would jot down a short, jocular poem (which you can sing to a favourite country music track, if you prefer) about Brexit to share when you’re emailing or texting your friends overseas. This poem will explain to them about as much as any of us here in the UK know.

Humorous poem about Brexit
THE BREXIT BLUES

(with apologies for a few expletives, but I have asterisked them.)

I got the Brexit blues, it’s giving me pain, danged Brexit
That Theresa May’s a star but she ain’t goin’ very far
‘Cos those good old boys called “Bruxellaires***
Got her right by her short hairs
And there ain’t nobody figures how she hacks it. [Read more…]

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