25 better writing tips to print and stick on your, er, wall

You may have noticed that I’ve started sharing some new/updated ‘how to write better’ tips in social media and in my email sig file.

I thought you also might like to have the first 25 here in one hit, maybe to print out and er, stick somewhere? 🙂

25 better writing tips from, you guessed it: How To Write Better

1.If you write regular blogs and plan them right, they can be turned into a great book.

2.Hate writing, but have to? Try dictating instead. Then transcribe, edit & hey presto!

3.Writing for marketing? Remember, it’s always about what’s in it for THEM, not you. [Read more…]

A nasty little writing quiz about apostrophes

By popular demand, another sneaky, nasty grammar quiz. The last one got hundreds of comments and likes and I’m told customers and staff in a certain UK fashion house nearly came to blows arguing over it.apostrophe quizThis time we’re looking for apostrophes … nasty little b*ggers they are, too…

In which of following sentences is there one or more (or no) apostrophe used wrongly?

No cheating now! Answers are below… [Read more…]

What to write to negative commenters on social media

There’s a huge difference between the p*ss-spitting, troll-driven comments that proliferate like horse flies when you dare to express an opinion on social media that offends poor little snowflakes who are passionate about something or other … and someone disagreeing – seriously and respectfully – with a point you have made.

Disagreement - is it good or bad?

Cordial written disagreement on a topic can start a wonderful discussion

Let’s leave the former for us to talk about another time, preferably when I have had a really bad day and need an alternative to pulling the wings off live, er, horse flies.

As for the latter, though, it’s not always bad news. [Read more…]

What to write for your readers when they’re on their holidays

When your readers /customers are on vacation, or are about to go on vacation, or even are just thinking about it, you can forgive them for not focusing quite as hard on your business or other activity’s message as they might at other times.

writing for readers on vacation

People on vacation seldom switch off completely from blogs and social media, so keep some of your blogs and posts in tune with them while they’re away.

But rather than just accept it as a seasonal fact of life, in some cases you can actually use this “holiday spirit” to your advantage.

Here are a few examples to get you thinking…and most important of all, how to get your readers coming back to your site for helpful information not only before and after, but while they are away on their holidays.

(Most of the following are ideas that could be developed into a short series of blogs and/or social media posts over the summer. And apologies to readers in the southern hemisphere: maybe you should bookmark this to read again in November!)

15 ideas for summer holiday topics – e.g. if you’re a ….

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Mini writing tips: your summer menu on HTWB

I’m off home to Canada soon (August 8th) so will be corresponding with everyone from there, until I return to the UK early in September.

And in case anyone’s wondering what happens to my crazy house here in the UK full of rescued dogs and cats? While I’m away my friends move in with even more crazy dogs. So I pity any poor burglar who tries to get through about seven pairs of snapping jaws. Anyway:

Right now I’m working on some handy mini writing tips for you to use…

what do you want help for in your writing

What can you write to help a friend who is seriously depressed?

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