The instructor of a writing course I took a few years ago introduced it by noting that 60 per cent of writing was thinking. Sometimes I forget this advice and start a project without thinking. I plunge into the writing, bang out a paragraph or two and come to a halt — lost. It’s as if I have started on a long road trip without a map or without my GPS set to my destination. There are three key points to think about before you start writing:
There are many words in the English language that sound alike but by changing one letter they take on a different meaning. That’s usually not a problem when you’re speaking, but it can really trip you up in written language — and spell check won’t help you. Here are 20 commonly misused/misspelled words.
“The secret of good writing,” says William Zinsser* author of On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction, “is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components.” This means getting rid of every word that serves no function but only weakens your sentence.