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How’s the ‘Copycat’ Method Working for You?

28 March 2013

A few weeks ago, I wrote about using a ‘copycat’ method to deeply learn how to write well. With this method, you copy a text word-for-word (either on paper or on your computer). By writing a model text down, you can more effectively soak up a writer’s style, their vocabulary choices and the correct grammar – thus improving your own writing over time.

Figurative Language: More Metaphors Connected with Fire

21 March 2013

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Last week, we focused on metaphors of fire and love. Today, we’ll look at other metaphors connected with fire.


Part of understanding these metaphors has to do with connotation. A connotation is something that you associate a word with, typically either positive or negative. For example, the primary definition of

Figurative Language: Metaphors Connected with Fire & Love

14 March 2013

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Have you ever heard Elvis Presley’s hit song Burning Love? Frankly, it’s not one of my favourites. But while I was preparing to write about metaphors connected with fire, I also had something else on my mind. Next week, my husband and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Together those two thoughts brought Elvis’s hit song to mind.

Model Documents—Getting Started

7 March 2013

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In this series, we’ll look at examples of  ‘best practice’ business writing. The aim is to help you see what excellent writing looks like and how you can model your own writing after it.


But just reading a well-written text or even having someone point out what makes it good isn’t enough. You need to ‘soak in’ the excellence and make it your own.

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