Heather Dyer I am an academic writer and a children’s author. On the face of it, these two forms of writing are at opposite ends of the spectrum. But actually, they have a lot in common. • They’re both about…
Switching nouns to their verb form can energise your writing.
To make your writing clearer, try to bring the verb close to the subject of your sentence.
I’m always reading about the tyranny of the blank page, the terror of starting something new. But once you’ve got going, when you’re drafting, and especially when you’re editing, the blank page can be your friend. When I can’t see…
If your writing is littered with long, complex sentences, try to divide them so they are shorter and clearer.
To proofread, try printing out your work double spaced and in a different typeface.
Writing may be hard mental work but the graft and the craft need to be enjoyed too.
Always print out your work before you submit it - I guarantee you'll spot mistakes you hadn't noticed on screen.
Text not flowing well? Try this tip to reorganise your paragraphs.
If you hate the thought of editing your work, break down the task into manageable chunks and keep in mind that every editorial task you carry out will improve your writing.