Monthly Archives: September 2009

Punctuation

It’s America’s National Punctuation Day! And to celebrate, my first sentence used two apostrophes, one to indicate omission and one to indicate possession, along with an exclamation mark, purely to highlight my surpise of anyone recognising the importance of punctuation. … Continue reading

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Books for Writers

Books I’d recommend for writers: The Elements of Style – Strunk & White The smallest (and best) book covering the elementary rules of vocabulary usage and principles of composition you’ll ever need. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (or how to edit … Continue reading

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A Telling Story

There are many people who are fond of tall stories, who cannot resist embellishing tales to just beyond credibility. You can usually spot them a mile off ā€“ their enthusiasm often gives them away. This is fine when it comes … Continue reading

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Apostrophe Fail

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Writing weekend ā€“ part 2

Saturday late afternoon saw me driving from Kingston Uni over to Reading, for the evening of the Reading Festival of Crime Writing – Day 2. 7.00pm saw an audience with Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre. Iā€™m a big fan of … Continue reading

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Writing Weekend – Part 1

This weekend was busy, busy, busy. But great! Saturday saw an early start with a drive down the (always delightful) M1 to Kingston University for a writers’ conference. The course was led by Alison Baverstock, former publisher, author and now … Continue reading

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