I was at a networking meeting recently, and someone said: ‘Once you’ve written an online course, you can’t write the copy for the website. You must engage a professional copywriter.’
The group murmured assent and I sat silent because I write my own copy for my online courses and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Greetings and sign-offs vary depending on the formality of the communication.
In a letter, the conventional greeting is:
Dear Sally (without a comma)
If you don’t know the person, some writers address the person as Mr/Ms or, alternatively, use their full name.
Some word pairs are used so frequently together that they sound odd when reversed. They are called binomials and trinomials. On a plane trip, I was offered ‘cheese and biscuits’ and it jarred. I would’ve said ‘biscuits and cheese’.
I discovered that such pairs are called ‘binomials’ and when they sound odd reversed, they are ‘irreversible binomials’.
Is blogging worth it for you and your business?
In 2017, I tossed up between attending a plain language conference in New Zealand and a blogging conference on the Gold Coast. The blogging conference won because I thought I would learn practical tips I could apply to my blogging.
Getting started on a novel I wrote fiction when my kids were little, and had some minor successes with two school readers published and two stories on radio. You can listen to the radio stories on my YouTube channel: The Recycler and The Table Cloth Dress. Then I got distracted by work and writing nonfiction. […]
Write for 20 minutes a day, three days in a row I challenge you to write about your life for 20 minutes a day, three days in a row. Don’t worry about grammar and punctuation. Just write. Then put the piece of writing aside or throw it away. It doesn’t matter if you never read […]
‘What is the plural of status?’ tops the list I have been writing about grammar for years and have answered hundreds of people’s grammar questions. The posts that receive the most hits on my Online Writing Training site surprise me. I would never have predicted that the most popular posts would be: The plural of […]
Pronoun subject and objects Many people use I and me interchangeably in conversation and nobody minds. People care more in written communication so here are some rules. I = subject of a verb. I ‘do’ the action. I (subject) looked at him (object). He receives the action of my looking, so we use him. Me = […]
The punctuation of ‘however’ depends on its meaning The word however is overused in business writing and the punctuation that goes with it is often incorrect. Different meanings of however Part of the confusion occurs because of the different meanings of however. A couple of common meanings are ‘in spite of’ and ‘in whatever way’. […]