Last summer I went to my very first writing conference. It was a fabulous three days of panels, discussions and workshops on reading, writing, and editing. My favourite sessions at this conference were the live action slush piles.Continue Reading
If you’re reading this you either read or write and are interested in how people use words. You might be a read a lot and write a little. You might read a little and write a lot. It doesn’t matter what you write–you can use these tips to make your second draft cleaner, more persuasive, more entertaining writing.Continue Reading
Earlier this week, my boss sent the link to this fabulous infographic to our office. I fell in love with it instantly. If you've spent any time on my blog or talked with me about writing you'll know that I've developed quite the passion for plain language.Continue Reading
It's pretty simple, eh? When we were kids, this was the story formula we followed. When we're with kids and they are begging us to tell them a story, this is the story formula we follow. So why don't we follow this story formula when we're writing?Continue Reading
I spend far too much time scrolling through Twitter. But, I often find little nuggets of wisdom. Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite twitter writing tips from the past few weeks.Continue Reading
I’ve always viewed my role as that of a helper. And I like it that way. As a communicator, a writer, and a lover of words and language, I see the world through a different lens than most. I see nuances others miss and I miss or ignore seemingly obvious things that others see.Continue Reading
Planning or mapping a piece of writing can be difficult. Sometimes we have a topic or a theme we want to write about and other times we have nothing, we only know we want to write something. This is where freewriting can be a useful exercise.Continue Reading
Are you a planner? Are you a write-by-the-seat-of-your-pantster? I’m not sure where I fit. There's a lot of advice out there about planning before you write AND about just writing without bogging yourself down with planning.Continue Reading