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Confessions of a ‘Speed Writer’

1 March 2012

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An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes

that can be made in a very narrow field. 

–Neils Bohr


Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of committing 90% of your writing time to thinking. Then last week, I fell into a writing/thinking ‘speed trap’. (So much for being a writing expert!)


The story: Part 1

Grammar Bite #18 – Use of ‘with regard to’

23 February 2012


Thanks to one of our readers who recently asked about the difference between these phrases:

With regards to…

With regard to…


The plural form—regards

Using the plural form in the phrase ‘with regards to’ is grammatically incorrect.


If you want to use the plural form with this meaning, say ‘As regards’. For example, I spoke with them as regards the sale of their house.

Learning Goals in the Year of the Dragon – Improve Your Writing Style

 16 February 2012

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In last week’s post, we talked about improving grammar using a method called ‘My Favourite Mistakes’. Today I’d like to talk about a method to improve your writing style.


‘My Favourite Style’

Writing style involves what we consider at the TRIM stage: coherence, clarity, conciseness, cohesiveness and tone.

Learning Goals in the Year of the Dragon – Improve Your Grammar

9 February 2012

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Two weeks ago, people around the world (especially in Asia) celebrated the Lunar New Year, bringing in the Year of the (Water) Dragon.


The dragon is the mightiest of the Chinese zodiac signs. People born in the year of the Dragon are characterized as being ambitious and willing to take risks. They are also willing to help others, but seldom ask for help.

We are the 90% -- Part 2

2 February 2012

Thanks to the readers who responded to my question last week:

Do you have any tips to share with us on ways to make sure you spend enough thinking time when you write?


I’d like to share them with you today.


Reflection time

Vani wrote, ‘Writing a reflection is a way to keep an audit trail.’ By writing your thoughts and looking at them later, you can process it further and perhaps discard some of it.

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