Punctuation explained – Simply

The paragraphs below explain each of the main types of punctuation.  But the punctuation is missing.  By doing this exercise you will therefore learn not only where and what type of punctuation to use, but also get practice in using it.  My suggested answers are given at the foot of the blog. Commas are used in lists of things to clarify meaning after introductory words and phrases like however (at the start or mid-sentence) when providing...

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Writing for the Web – course feedback

Here is some feedback on a one-day Web Writing course that I delivered this month for the University of Gloucestershire: “Interesting and thought provoking- I will never look at websites in the same way again.”   “Really helpful, interesting and enjoyable training day. I have learned new things and refreshed my knowledge/understanding of others.”   “Useful theory mixed with practical tips and short group...

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Writing is like PAINTING

  When preparing a few things to say for a talk recently, I realised that writers need to be able to switch from reviewing an overall document to checking its micro details – and to be good at both. Then I realised it was a quality also needed by painters … and then I realised there are a few other parallels between writers and painters, such as being willing to experiment, having perseverance, etc.  And THEN … guess what; I...

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Business writing – Where it goes wrong

Having worked closely alongside businesses for years, to help them improve their writing (in training and consultancy sessions), I have a good insight into where I think some people can go wrong with their writing. I am not being picky.  I don’t mean what they write, and if they make grammatical mistakes, or use wrong punctuation, etc.  I mean HOW they approach and CARRY OUT writing tasks, how they execute them, and how this makes their...

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Training courses – ‘I’m in demand’

GOOD NEWS  … Demand for my training courses continues to be strong… So, here are examples of the sort of training I do. BUT first things first: I am in talks with 2 new training clients – the National Union of Journalists and Executive PA – for training courses that will start this autumn.  That’s exciting! AND this month I gave a 5 training courses for a mix of public, private and third sector clients as follows: Writing for the web –...

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Writing web copy – home page content

Here’s the first of several blogs on ‘Writing for the web’ – my most popular training course, which I have delivered across the UK, to a range of organisations, over 50 times.   Let’s start with 3 bits of advice on HOME PAGES: 1) Got a strap line? WALK into an office and you might see proudly displayed – somewhere like the reception – the company’s vision statement, ethos, or strap line. You know the sort of...

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