- Use a Clear Subject Line
- CC or BCC for Organization and Confidentiality
- Reply as Quickly as Possible
- Choose Appropriate Language
- Choose an Appropriate Signoff
- Call When Necessary
See Simon’s tips on email etiquette
That’s a BuzzFeed headline of course. It’s pretty tricky.
Try the quiz
Here’s a simple grammar quiz from Play Buzz.
Even with a computer in front of him, my dad (Simon) would often swivel to the typewriter to the left of him.
It doesn’t matter what new technologies are available, some writers like what they like. Whilst some writers use the old pen and paper to get the creative juices flowing.
This great infographic from Ninja Essays shows the tools of the trade for some of our popular writers.
Also revisit what Simon considers the essential tools of the trade.
Weird Al does a great parody of Blurred Lines. Funny and educational.
Today’s issue of The Australian Financial Review (West Australian edition) was published with an unfortunate error on the front page. An early ‘dummy’ of the front page was sent to the print centres by mistake, and it was on the news stands before anyone realised they’d ‘FUKT’ up. Can you spot the error?
More details and the apology from editor Michael Stutchbury on Mumbrella.
After 181 years the Sydney Morning Herald is going compact or tabloid to anyone who’s not an employee of the Sydney Morning Herald.
I’ve only just discovered the Hemingway App website.
Take an article you’ve written, paste it into the Hemingway App and it will tell you what needs fixing, to make it more readable.
Be careful with the output as the spelling is American English but the writing rules and advice it gives is excellent.
I assume the app was named after Ernest Hemingway because it teaches you clear and simple writing.
Ernest Hemingway learned the following four rules when he started as a reporter at the Kansas City Star in 1917.
Here’s some of my writing rules: