Tag: writing

Will your children still read books?

I have an aching worry that my 3 and 5-year-old grandchildren might not grow up with the love of books that I had as a child.

Swipe or finger-lick?

They both spend some of their time on a tablet. They learn things on it, play games, follow pictures and stories, and no doubt their future education will rely heavily on online sources.

It’s true that technology is part of everyday life for most of us now, but does reading from a screen provide the same experience for children as the feel of reading from paper?

Freelance Writers Appreciaton Week

Freelance Writers’ Appreciation Week!

There seems to be a national holiday for just about everything – from the bizarre (World Toilet Day in November!) to the inspirational.

Surprisingly, the whole of the second week of February is Freelance Writers’ Appreciation Week, intended to draw attention to just how much content freelance writers are responsible for, and to give them a thank you.

What have you read today?

Apostrophe misuse

Easy peasy apostrophes! (Part 1)

Some will guess what’s coming, others won’t even recognise it, so neglected and abused has it become in the last decade.

I feel so hugely defensive and have a fierce need to protect it – there is actually a Protection Society for it with thousands of members!

It’s only tiny, but such a clever little thing. Sometimes it sits toward the back, and sometimes right at the back, as it doesn’t demand too much attention, and makes no noise at all. In fact it’s so quiet that people have started to ignore it completely – with devastating consequences!

Mostly it helps us out with two important things: it can help us with ownership, or possession. The other thing is it reminds us that something’s missing.

What the blazes am I talking about? A yapping chihuahua? A 21st century memory chip?

My Own Private Movie Show in a Book!

It’s always intrigued me, since first learning to read as a child, how the black ink on a page is transported into the imagination to be converted into pictures, to take you away from where you physically are, to anywhere in the world (or even outside of it!) for hours at a time – your own personal movie in a…

National Punctuation Day!

I am tickled to find there exists such a thing as “National Punctuation Day”! A competition is set to send in a short essay in three sentences, using all 13 of the following punctuation marks: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon. You may use a punctuation mark more than…

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