The Editwrite blog: free resources for everyday writers, bookworms and word nerds
Welcome to the Editwrite blog! Here, you’ll find a variety of resources, tips and articles about everything language related. If there’s something you like, dislike, or want to know more about, please get in touch.
If you have a particular spelling, grammar or punctuation question you’d like to know the answer to, just let me know and I’ll answer it here. Chances are that you’re not the only one wondering about it!
Today, I felt compelled to write a piece about plain English. I go on about plain English quite a lot, but some of the reactions to the prime minister’s speech go to show just how important it can be in the case of public information. This isn’t a political piece or a rant to add to all the speculation going on. It’s about the importance of clarity, and the lessons we can all learn for our work and everyday communications.
This article is for all those who strive daily to meet the needs of their community but who struggle with the formality of bid writing and grant applications. The principles also apply to any type of application process where you have to answer specific questions. Of course I can’t guarantee your success, but I hope my tips will help you along the way.
Jargon (specific technical language) and acronyms (usually made up of the initial letters of something) are useful when writing for people within a particular field. However, we need to be more careful when writing for a lay audience, who might not have the specific knowledge needed to understand your terminology. How can you do this effectively? Read on for my top tips.
Whether it’s a report or a leaflet, a blog article or a bid, all business will involve some sort of writing. What you write and how you write is a reflection of your business, so if standing out as professional, clear and competent is what you’re after, read on.
Even the most careful writers miss problems with their own work. We become ‘blind’ to what we have written and read what we meant to write, rather than what we actually wrote. Don’t worry – it happens to us all! If you can’t hire a professional proofreader and you don’t have anyone else to read through your text, there are still plenty of things you can do to help yourself when proofreading your own work.