Dr Seuss – collected works to form study guide

The Dr Seuss Study Guide - what a great idea. The Bank of England is using Dr Seuss books such as Cat in the Hat as models when training bank staff to write. Seems they found their complicated reports - I'm thinking for example the one that tackled the Quantitative Easing Asset Purchase … [Read more...]

Good-bye to witty word man Bill Walsh. Copy editor was “undisputed king” of his craft

The world is down a copy editor - and we are all the poorer for it. Bill Walsh of The Washington Post, described by the American Journalism Review as “the undisputed king of copy bloggers", died last month in Arlington, Virginia. He was 55. The Post's obit described those in Walsh's … [Read more...]

Tech changes drive typing changes; why one space must follow a period, not two

Tell me you don't leave two spaces after a period. Because that, as they say, is over. I can't remember exactly when I switched - something about going from typewriters to computers. I was recently wondering why we made the change. Wouldn't you know there are a few theories out … [Read more...]

Making my point – about exclamation points. Proceed with caution

Many years ago a wise mentor told me, "use exclamation points as though you only get one in your life. Is this the time you want to use it?" It's a fun piece of advice. I've often paused as my little finger reached to type the controversial mark - is this the time? The department of … [Read more...]

Stephen King writes about writing – author of 60 books generous with tips

I just read a book by Stephen King. There were no plagues, apocalyptic visions or co-eds in possession of terrifying powers. Not even any blood. I read On Writing by Stephen King - A Memoir of the Craft. It's terrific read. The book came out in 2000, a year after a near fatal road accident … [Read more...]