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.
- Use short sentences
- Use short first paragraphs
- Use vigorous English
- Be positive, not negative
Here’s some of my writing rules:
For tips on grammar watch this funny video from the puppets Glove and Boots.
Way back in 1980 INXS had their first TV appearance on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World! Just one of many Australian bands featured over the years.
My memory is that they made the song up on the spot.
Years later when I ran into Michael Hutchence, he thanked me.
Newspapers rarely engage in chequebook journalism but Channel 7 has had the chequebook out all week.
Schapelle Corby could receive between $1.3m and $3m for her interview.
Convicted murderer Simon Gittany’s girlfriend, Rachelle Louise paid up to $150,000.
Read the full article from Rick Feneley of the SMH - Schapelle Corby, Rachelle Louise, the Harnum family: Seven’s grubby week of chequebook journalism
Traineeships are now open for the SMH, The Age and The Australian Financial Review – apply now
The link I posted to the Grammatically Speaking Quiz has received so many hits I thought I’d share some more of the grammar related posts on this site.
The Oatmeal has great comics and also an excellent advice and rules on grammar.
There are also some great books and as always Google for sites like this and others for more advice on grammatically speaking.
Grammar is important in email too.
Use full stops. Period.