I am offering a special deal. If you send me your writing, I will give comments for free. The condition is that I would like to give the comments publicly in an anonymous video format.Continue reading “Special deal: send me your copy for free comments”
Author: Wayne Deeker
Avoid clichéd character tricks
Writing compelling characters is not easy. Being good at it demands a deep understanding of people. One develops that through a mixture of interest, observational skill, and puzzle-solving, all of which take time to learn. It’s particularly unlikely that one will develop such understanding from a book.Continue reading “Avoid clichéd character tricks”
Maybe the most harmful aspect of ego is ego-defence. This is called resistance in psychological textbooks.Continue reading “Ego defence”
Writing tip: Keep your ego out of it
English teachers usually equate competence in English with quality in writing. Yet even perfect English can still be bad writing.Continue reading “Writing tip: Keep your ego out of it”
Qualification or disqualification?
I said earlier that some degrees are disqualifications. What does this mean?Continue reading “Qualification or disqualification?”
Education or degree?
Some serious jobs require degrees or similar qualifications, whereas other equally skilled jobs don’t require anything. This dichotomy interests me.Continue reading “Education or degree?”
Thanks for your support; open for questions
This blog and website are approximately one month old. After my first advertising campaign, I received hundreds of likes on the Facebook page. I am very grateful for and encouraged by that response.
I believe this confirms the essential premise of the service I am offering. A lot of people seem very unhappy with what little writing instruction they receive from school and university.Continue reading “Thanks for your support; open for questions”
More commonly misused words
I once stated to a colleague that I didn’t want to become typecast as an editing teacher, yet here I am talking about it again. I plan to cover many other writing themes as well. Yet wordcraft comprises the bulk of writing errors, also these are the easiest to fix. Here I will discuss three common ones.Continue reading “More commonly misused words”
Problems with normal teaching 1: assignments
One of the main problems with formal writing courses is the assignments. Even if we pretend that they were designed carefully, they may still not be very educational.Continue reading “Problems with normal teaching 1: assignments”
You’re probably using “likely” incorrectly
Climate change: Threshold for dangerous warming will likely be crossed between 2027-2042.Science Daily headline, 21 December 2020.
We commonly see this kind of misusage. It has become so standard that the correct form is seldom seen these days. However, this usage is incorrect.Continue reading “You’re probably using “likely” incorrectly”