Keep writing! It's as simple and as difficult as that. Honestly, people often say to me, "Oh, I want to be a writer but I don't think I'm good enough." My response is usually along the same lines as I give my students: if you don't make mistakes, you'll never learn how to improve. I… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What advice do you have for new writers?
They’re very supportive! I couldn’t do it without my husband Barry. Honestly. I know a lot of the time that sort of thing is said with a pinch of insincerity, but I really mean it. He encourages me, badgers me, cajoles me, bribes me… Anything I need to get me to get words on paper.… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What Does Your Family Think of Your Writing?
There are lots of different types of sentences but today I'm going to focus on the most basic sentence structures, as these are the building blocks of prose. To understand the mechanics of sentences, you first need to understand what a clause is. In the simplest of terms, a clause is part of a sentence.… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Five – Sentence Types
There's nothing worse than reading a piece of work that is one giant block of text. It's difficult for your brain to cope with and reading becomes a huge chore. Equally, it's distracting when you read a piece where the paragraphs seem taken at random with no logic! Here are a few hints and tips… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Four – Paragraphing
Apostrophes are another element of punctuation that many of my younger (and older) students struggle with. However, once you sit down and apply a few simple rules, apostrophes become much less difficult. It's not glamorous but it is necessary! There are two reasons an apostrophe is used: possession and contraction. This post looks at both… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Three – Apostophes