- 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
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:
The hardcopy version of Letters of Note is now available with 125 of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters.
I highly recommend the website and now the printed version of some of the best letters.
He wrote a great article in 2001 for The New York Times
WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle
Below is a summary of his 10 rules – Full article at The New York Times
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
One of my favourites, because it reminds me of my dad Simon are the memos of Edward Mike Davis, owner of Tiger Oil Company.
Dad used to stick very similar memos on the door of us kids’ bedrooms. I can only imagine he sent the same memos around his office. Find all 22 of the famous Tiger Oil Memos here but below has to be one of my favourites. Apart from the aversion to alcohol, it is my dad in a previous life.
I love The Oatmeal. Great comics, great wit and excellent advice on grammar from artist Matthew Inman.
Combined with fantastic illustration, Matthew Inman does a better job than just the text explanations from my site.
|Apostrophes||How To Use An Apostrophe|
|Semi-colon||How to use a semicolon|
|Spelling||Ten Words You Need To Stop Misspelling|
|ie||When to use i.e. in a sentence|
You can order posters from The Oatmeal site, they are entertaining reminders that you should definitely put up in your writing room.