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Why I Write

I need to write but I’m not sure why.  I am going to explore some of the reasons in this article, and maybe I will get some understanding. From that perspective, I guess it is fair to say that this piece of writing is pure self indulgence. But that is the great thing about writing: […]

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Self Improvement Writing

One of my most important tools: my journal

The journal you see on this page is one of the most important tools I own. When I refer to it as a tool I mean it is instrumental in maintaining sound mental health. It allows me to go to a place of complete privacy, solitude, stillness where I can gather my thoughts and put […]

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Writing

Nothing to write about and the greatest benefit of writing

Writing anything today is difficult. I simply don’t have anything to write about. Although that’s probably not true. I have plenty of things to say and write about but cannot think of them at 6.55 am on a Thursday morning in the run up to Christmas. I have a lot of meetings today, a lot […]

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Blogging Writing

Learning WordPress-One of the best decisions I’ve made

I don’t know exactly when I learned to use WordPress as a publishing/blogging platform, but it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Firstly, it has allowed me to publish my own content on my own websites which I control entirely. The freedom, and control, that this has […]

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Writing

Why Should You Write Often?

Why should you write often? Perhaps as much as every day? Let’s take a look at the reasons why I write frequently-although I feel a sense of guilt about not writing even more often-and why I believe I should be writing every day. Perhaps thinking this through for myself will give you some food for […]

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Writing

Does writing every day help you improve your writing?

The predictable advice to anyone seeking to improve their writing is to read and write with regularity. Reading is easy to do but writing every day, which is the recommendation to hone your craft, is much more difficult. There are two problems with this approach, I believe: having subject matter to write about each day […]

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Writing

How Do You Reconcile the Writing Style of Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway?

I discovered Ernest Hemingway a few years ago. That was mainly thanks to my study of ‘copywriting’ and trying to write well for web visitors to my various websites/blogs. The advice was straightforward, and easy to follow provided you followed some simple rules. The rules focused on using short words, short sentences, short paragraphs and […]

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Writing

Writing As Art

I have been labouring under the misapprehension all my life that a sentence must have a verb. Master McDyer told us this in the national school in Enfield when I was in 5th class. ‘Hogs grunt’, he would say, ‘that’s a sentence’. I have just finished a book called ‘The Elements of Eloquence: How To […]

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Books Writing

Fantasising About Words

From time to time I fantasise about writing blog posts in the style of Dickens or Tolstoy or Dostoevsky. I write a good deal of content for consumption by people on the internet who have limited, and narrowing, attention spans. To counter this I have employed a technique which writers for the internet, bloggers, and […]