‘The best rule for writing – as well as for speaking – is to use always the simplest words that will accurately convey your thought.’ – David Lambuth, The Golden Book of Writing
Rejection is an inevitable part of a writer’s career, but there are several reasons why you shouldn’t let rejection get you down. So instead of returning the rejection slip with the grammar mistakes marked up, keep positive and remember that you’re in very good company…
We all know that cliches make for bad writing, but why are they so problematic? Why do we feel almost outraged when we read one? And when are cliches not a problem?
In order to discuss what makes a good sentence, we need some shared vocabulary to discuss the function of different words. You may have learned your prepositions from your adjectives at school, but subsequently you may have forgotten which is which. Or, if you’re like me, maybe you never learned the difference between an adverb and a conjunction.
A recent poll revealed that among respondents over fifty, ‘publish a novel’ has displaced ‘have an extra-marital affair’ as the most cited ambition. Perhaps so many people aspire to write because all you need to get started is a pen and paper or something to type on. But there are a few other things that might help you along the way.