A change of policy

If you have read about blogging, you will know that most people say that it is important to post regularly on your blog.

I have been writing this blog for several years now, and in that time my method has changed.

When I began, I intended to write about topics that interested me, and occasionally share links I had found about subjects relating to language.

Then I found that there were more and more links that I thought deserved to be shared, so I wrote less of my own material.

Then I found that I had more paid work, and it was difficult to find time to write opinion pieces.

Recently it has been difficult to find posts that are worth sharing on a daily basis without repeating  topics regularly. While a certain amount of repetition of basic points is good, it does get a little tedious.

As a result, I have decided to limit my posting to a couple of times each week. I’ll aim to post groups of related links, or a short opinion piece.

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Why do we get stir crazy?

Find out some background to this old expression here.

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What exactly is a short story?

If you are new to writing shorter fiction, you may find it difficult to define your work.

Is it a short story?

Is it a novella?

This post has a handy table to guide you through the process of identifying what exactly is a short story?

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Why do the chickens come home to roost?

No, it isn’t the follow up to the chicken crossing the road, but it is a phrase that has been around for a long time.

In fact, in seems we have Chaucer to thank for this one. Find out more about why chickens come home to roost.

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How the most common deathbed regrets can improve your writing

Here is another perspective on how to improve your writing.

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Talking about plagiarism

Plagiarism is a big issue. It can get you into a lot of trouble.

This post is aimed at editors and proofreaders, but it has useful information for everyone about avoiding plagiarism.

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How to write first and last lines

editing_and_proofreading_blog_1031First lines are important.

They grab attention.

Last lines are important too.

They stay with the reader.

So here are some tips for first and last lines.

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