Language Skills For Clarity And Subtlety: Love The Semicolon

Here’s another post on language skills. This time, let’s look at semicolons. Basically, a semicolon connects two (or more) independent clauses in a sentence. Here’s a good roundup on how, when, and why to use semicolons from Grammar Girl. Using semicolons aids clarity. They help you to convey shades of meaning to your readers. Language skills: semicolons help you to … Read more

Markdown: Clever Tools To Write And Publish Anywhere

Do you use Markdown? If you want to write and publish anywhere, Markdown makes it easy. Inspiration can strike when you’re out and about, or sitting on your sofa watching a DVD. Although you can jot down a few words in the Notes app on your phone, this material is throwaway text. If you want to publish it, you’ll need … Read more

Easy Outlining: Presentation Apps Create Storyboards And Outlines

If you’re looking for easy outlining tools, you may be aware of apps like Trello. But have you considered using presentation tools? They create excellent outlines for your projects. Moreover, they’re easy to use; many apps offer free versions. Apps like Google Slides and Visme are free. You may already own a presentation app: Keynote is available on Macs, and … Read more

Writing Tools: The Ulysses App Checks Grammar And Style, Who Knew?

Good writing tools can make a huge difference. For me, the difference is motivation: good tools help me to maintain my motivation for writing. Of course, there are many other benefits of good writing tools. They: Encourage structure, whether you’re writing a book or a tagline for a client; Help you to maintain focus and clarity. Writing is chaotic. The … Read more

Writing Tip For Motivation Monday: The Attention Secret

Writing Tip For Motivation Monday: The Attention Secret

It’s time for this week’s motivational writing tip. I’m currently rereading Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels for the umpteenth time, and since many authors are tackling NaNoWriMo, this quote from Trollope’s autobiography is appropriate: “When I have commenced a new book, I have always prepared a diary, divided into weeks, and carried it on for the period which I have allowed … Read more