Setting an Example: Professional Writing – Whatever your Profession

Road SignI received an out-of-office email from the Learning and Development Department where I work recently. It began:

‘This is an automated responce …’

I was somewhat dumbstruck. Even when I saw the irony in it I still could not find it funny.

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The Apostrophe and the Greengrocer


Often called the Greengrocer’s Apostrophe because it was seen on market stalls and greengrocers’ shops: carrot’s, onion’s, mushroom’s.

You can see apostrophes used wrongly in some of the most public places: on vans, shop fronts, and billboards. Not checking your punctuation before having something printed professionally can harm your credibility. Would you want the professional service in the image to print your signs? Have you spotted what’s wrong with it?

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Writing Inspiration: Some Favourite Websites


We writers are surrounded by inspiration in all areas of our lives.

Everyday scenarios and moments provide us with a spark that could turn into a story; a few notes that lay buried in a notebook until rediscovered and worked into a current piece of writing, or expanded upon and turned into a story in their own right.

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