Category: Advice for Authors and Writers

5 Tips for Writing with Persuasion

My bread and butter is writing sales copy or at least promotional copy of some description and that accounts for the vast majority of the demand in the market for scribblers today. It makes sense to pick up on some techniques for writing in a persusive fashion – it makes no sense to write something

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Carry On Scribbling!

Starring ERH & Supaproofread   As an officianado of the “Carry On..” series of films and with one of them playing on the dvd as the kids wait for me to perform my chef impression and deliver dinner, using this as a post title was too good to pass up.   There is a serious

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The Name’s Bond, James Bond…..

Being Something I’m Not   Cue music, lights, camera and….ACTION !   Actually… errm … not really.   In real life I’m not exactly James Bond material, though I’ve had some moments when On Her Majesty’s Service; however, my days of jumping out of planes and looking like Action Man ended 20 years and 3

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Why should you critique your own writing?

Writing gives a two dimensional structure a three dimensional look. It creates visuals in the mind of your readers. It gives some form to a non-existent structure. Once put down in print, you have actually captured and contained it. Your idea has been made presentable. The more you do it, the more you are able

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At The Bar of Writing Opinion

I came across a quote attributed to Daniel Boorstin who was Chief Librarian of the US Library of Congress. He used to start writing at 5am. He wrote a couple of books that did reasonably well, The Discoverers and The Creators, what they are about I have no idea. When asked why he wrote and

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Writers Block

I first encountered writers block when I had to deliver a set of twenty 300 word reviews on 2007 model cars sold in America. The word count was not large though I’m no car buff so a little research was in order. It struck me just how similar car reviews wereand it made no difference

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Non-Fiction Writing: The Sins You Cannot Commit

One of the first mistakes that you have to look out for is the organization of your entire material. What is important here is that you are taking your readers on a trip through “the structure” – the beginning, middle and the end, if the reader cannot follow your reasoning and content, they will eventually

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BOOK REVIEW: The Questions That One Needs To Answer

An analytical or critical review of a book is not essentially its summary. It is a description and an evaluation on the quality and significance of the book, in light of specific issues and theoretical concerns. It should focus on the book’s purpose, content, and authority. It is a work where the strengths and weaknesses

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Write Like You Have Never Written Before…

One of the most important aspects of writing is in the background research. No matter how well you know a subject there is always room for more knowledge. There are always going to be opinionated differences on the subject you are writing about, so acknowledge the opinion of others as well. After research has been

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