Following our mocks, I made a list of avoidable errors that I come across again and again and again. Here are some of them, alongside some links and suggestions to help you sort them out.
PROBLEM 1 = Mis-read the question
SOLUTION = Underline the key words in the question. Still confused? Re-write the question in [...]
Now it’s time to turn my attention to tone. The first thing that springs to mind for most people [...]
Recently an emailer asked me to discuss the difference between tone, mood, atmosphere. Interestingly from my perspective they also included the term attitude which I’ve always thought of as something completely separate. Tone is such a complex issue I’ll devote an entire blog post to it but mood, atmosphere and attitude should be easy enough to [...]
The whole point of information phone lines is that they’re supposed to allow you to get the information you need quickly and the person on the end of the phone is supposed to use simple accessible language (but keep it fairly formal). Bear this in mind if you’re writing to communicate information. Get to [...]
I love this cartoon from Natalie Dee on fanpop.com
Before Christmas I got my TYs (over 50 of them) and my Leaving Certs to write personal essays. Their essays for the most part were funny, sad, moving, at times mad and in many cases very very brave. Among other things I [...]