Category: Top Tips in Writing

I or Me?

One trick to use when checking your grammar is to remove part of your sentence and see if it still makes sense. I find this useful when considering if “I” should be used instead of “me”. Think about the sentence I have just written and substitute “Me” for the initial “I” – “Me find this

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What is the Difference Between Editing and Proofreading?

Proofreading is a final check on your work to ensure accuracy, correction of grammatical errors and general presentation are within the specifications you have been given. Editing is much more than this as it combines proofreading together with revisions that should improve the flow and structure of your work to maximise the impact of the

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The Difference Between Editing and Proofreading

The writing process is technically made up of five different steps. Prewriting, writing, revising, editing and publishing is one version of those five different steps. Prewriting, Writing, Proofreading, Editing and Submitting That’s another variation. Of course, if you look through books and websites you’ll find quite a few other variations. But the bottom line is

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It’s About Your Client, Not You

When you are talking to someone about what you want, what do you want to hear? You most likely want to hear that they know what you’re saying and they know how to get it accomplished. Doesn’t it make you feel better when someone can communicate those things to you? When you have asked for

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Passive-v-Active Voice

I have the habit of writing in the passive voice, a hangover from my school days when the difference between the two was never mentioned. I must consciously think of writing in the active voice all of the time and it is not easy. Indeed many writers, new and experienced find writing in the active

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When to Use Who and Whom

I thought it time to nobble this particular English language conundrum – when to use Who and when to use Whom. Supaproofread has a section that goes into far more detail than I will here on this post and you can find it in the writing tips section here. Who is a subjective pronoun that

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Common Mistakes Revisited

I’ve written about common writing mistakes before, in several posts. But the more I read different writings posted all over the internet, the more I feel the need to point out the errors. It’s like the internet has devoured our ability to write. Now, communication is not a problem. Anyone who has been talking in

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The Writing Process

There is a process to everything we do. When carpenters are ready to frame a house, they’ve already gone through important preparations. When a cook is in the kitchen, she’s already done her homework. Writing is the same as everything else. Even though great writers might seem to skip a few steps or rearrange the

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Pet Peeves: Because Correct Grammar is Simply Forgotten Sometimes

There are always going to be mistakes that start innocently enough, but grow into universal usage. The internet helps propagate this because it is full of informal forms of communication that lead to the wide spread growth of common mistakes. Chat rooms and emails are very convenient forms of informal communication where people throw the

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