I LOVED your
golfing story. Read every
word. You're a wonderful writer. (Peter Bowerman, the Well-Fed Writer)
Big Things rule! ... and the
video of the Airbus is
great. (Jim McDonald, Birmingham, UK)
Having enjoyed reading your biographical,
They can't take that away from
me... I would love to post your article
(for my) course for seniors entitled Autobiography and Journaling ... and let
them read your article as a good example of what I call the reader's writer,
clearly expressed and easy to read. (Howell)
Test Your Skills
Help for Writers
Help for Students
Help for Parents
Help for Businesses
Help with Resumes
Just for Fun
The French language has always appealed to me ...
so I enjoyed Lavinia's experiences
en France! (Di Sullivan,
I am an American and an expat here since 1990. I
have been a subscriber to Writing Tip for a few years now and look forward to
the Friday editions. I
archive by creating topics of the tips relevant to me and often refer. (Mary,
Write Your Own Best
This year, don't just read a
Write your own using the software program that works in the same way
J K Rowling writes her Harry Potter novels!
Who said Aussies
would bet on two flies
crawling up a wall? Now I know better! (Bill Denham, Chicago, USA)
I enjoy reading your page every week, Jennifer,
it's never boring and there's
always something to bring a smile to my face! (Kenny Dima, Tenerife, Spain)
Thanks for pitching in to help
clarify the English Language
for and with us. (Paul, Portland, USA)
Your story about the
evil glasses made my day :)
(Edith, Derbyshire, UK)
your letter and use it in my
advanced writing class here in China. (Bugs, Shenzhen, CHINA)
I always look forward to your
Latin quote of the week.
(Paul, Mexico City, Mexico)
evil marionettes are
everywhere! Thanks for another great laugh! (Jim Fraser, Vancouver, Canada)
Your remarks regarding the
alien contact had me in
stitches, figuratively speaking, of course. (Dave Wagner, Sacramento, US)
The best part of the missive is the
introduction to Australian
humour and expressions. (Chaska, Prince Edward County, CANADA)
Like your site...very inspirational
when you get writer's block
like me! (Peter, Seoul, South Korea)
Nice letter, I was using google for
once, twice, thrice and
quince, and found this page, great ;) (Marv, Zwolle, NETHERLANDS)
One of the
most amusing and erudite
newsletters that makes my day. Keep going. (David Vasnaik, Bangalore, INDIA)
Read more testimonials ...
Great newsletter - originally found this site
after searching for clarification on a
contentious point amongst
work colleagues. Just had to look at old issues and now look forward to Fridays
(Juliet Wallace, Manchester, ENGLAND)
"HOW TO WRITE WELL!"
All You Need to Know to Write Well ...Over
1,000 Pages All About Writing!
Every Word You
Write Is a Reflection of YOU
You Only Get ONE Chance to
Make a Good First Impression ...
I know this is a cliché, but it's
true. And as the Internet becomes more and more important in 21st century
communications, that first impression is going to be based on your writing ...
Scary thought, isn't it?
Now you can discover how easy it is
to write well and avoid embarrassing mistakes in your writing!
Write101 has the tools you need to
be able to write well, whether you're writing for profit or pleasure ...
Do You Make
These Mistakes in Your Writing?
Have a quick look at these sentences ...
"Everyone recieved their prize."
"My uncle has a car in his garage that is fitted with safety belts."
"Her sister was that lazy that she was fired."
"My happiest moment was when my parents gave me a horse."
"My brothers got the two first tickets to the concert."
How many mistakes did you find?
Click here for the
If you make similar mistakes in your writing, you could be missing
opportunities because of poor writing skills!
You know what it's like, don't you? You sit down at your desk to write
something, and you know exactly what you want to say, but somewhere, on the
journey from the brain to the page, the message gets lost ...
But fear not, dear reader, for
help is at hand whatever your writing needs!
NOW, LET'S START ...
Sometimes, the most difficult part
is knowing what topics to write about, so here are
10 hot topics to prod those
little grey cells into action!
Maybe you'd rather write fiction, if
so, should you choose to write a short story or a novel? Here are some
tips on writing a short story
and then how to write a darned
Perhaps the most common piece of
writing most of us will be called on to write is a business letter ... Does your
heart sink at the very thought? Here's all you need to know to
write an effective business
And then there's knowing which words
to use ... f'r instance, if something burns readily, is it flammable? If it
doesn't burn, is it inflammable? Not sure? Check now to see
what inflammable really means
What about that wonderful word from
childhood days ... Kemosabe! Or
is it Kemo Sabe? Better check now to make sure!
And if you're writing about the Lone
Ranger (or anything else), you must be careful you don't plagiarise the work of
other writers. Here's how to avoid
Let's now pay a visit to one of the banes of
many writers -- the dreaded apostrophe!
I have this wonderful vision of
writers around the world with little silver containers of apostrophes, shaking
them with gay abandon over everything they write ... But we all know that's not
the way to do it. So when do you use it's and when do you use its?
Click now for the answer to this question and a t'riffic tip that will help you
avoid confusion with the use of
apostrophes for evermore!
Following hot on the heels of
apostrophes are two more problem words -- who and whom. Just
exactly who is that bell tolling for? Click for a story about the Three Bears
and a way to choose the right
pronoun every time!
And I know what you're thinking ...
I thought you couldn't end a sentence with a preposition!
This is a hugely over-rated rule,
because it all depends on the context -- sometimes the construction can sound
terribly contrived and awkward if you don't end with a preposition as the
outburst famously attributed to Winston Churchill illustrates. The story
goes that an editor had re-cast one of Churchill’s sentences to avoid ending it
in a preposition, and he scribbled the following note in response:
“This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will
And then there's punctuation, which
you ignore at your peril. Consider the following if you don't believe
punctuation has a vital role to play in communication:
"Let's eat, Grandma!"
"Let's eat Grandma!"
Click to find out why the "when in
doubt, leave it out" approach to
punctuation just won't work!
You'll find answers to all those
that have plagued you for years! Then click here for
articles about all aspects of
I know you're anxious to start finding answers to your language and writing questions, but before you go any further,
try this little quiz
... it will only take a few seconds.
Back already? How did you go?
Interesting, isn't it?
You may be relieved to know that most people get the same result!
Take steps now to improve your vocabulary ...
Vocabulary for Higher Education
And then click to read
Here's a little something that will help get those little grey cells firing
... Books, books and more books! (And you don't even have to pay for postage or
packing!) Browse now to pick up some favourites for yourself or for gifts ...
Sign up for your
FREE mini-course ... just click Send when the email opens.
When you get
your Confirmation to Join message, click it and you'll
be taken to the YahooGroups site for this little group.
You can sign up for the Group OR just the Mailing List.
Here's another little quiz ...
just to see if you were listening during English lessons or reading a comic under the
What's wrong with these sentences?
Do they all look OK to you?
Hmm ... You may be surprised to learn that there's a common error in every sentence!
1. There's lots of animals at the zoo.
2. He's been laying on the beach every day of his holiday.
3. She managed to buy the three last tickets for the concert.
Click here to find out what's wrong.
With your continuous sending of many
article weekly, I always enjoying reading as well getting the idea to write well........ Once again thank you for brighten up my knowledge. (Roy Ong,
I haven't found a more interesting and funny site which
explains the Apostrophe
better. I was writing a report and wanted it to be flawless, could manage the spellings well but then the eternal question of
to use the Apostrophe.....and boom!! I found it. Just a thank you and what a wonderful site. (Nehal Garewal)
Reading through the
numerous writing lessons and putting it to use in my own writings has just
become my daily bread in the morning. This is a love-affair. (Karen Kamble,
If some of the spelling
on this site worries you, this will set your mind at rest ... Just click the flag below!
Good spelling is an essential part of good writing -- browse these
articles to help you improve your spelling.
The Write Way
has been winging its merry way around the world since 1998; isn't it about time you joined more than
happy subscribers and signed up?
I'm not above bribing you ... Read my shameless attempts here, and once you've done that, make sure you sign up for your
lessons. (NB: Your details will never be sold or shared with a third party.
Browse more than 700 past issues of writing tips
to find answers to all your writing questions.
love your newsletter because you make it so
personal and personable.
It is, in fact, you who gave me not only the idea but the
courage to stop trying to work in the "real world" while being disabled and making my living online instead. I am a freelance writer with four long time
clients because you said I could be.
I used to have an entire wall covered in index cards of words I would try to
learn from your newsletter. (Scott Kuttner
Nebraska Home Writing
You are truly an inspiration to
us youngsters. ;) (Fardowsa.A.Mao,
You can also read a little about the
staff of thousands working feverishly behind the scenes to keep Write101 chugging along ... Well, all
right ... it's just me!
Click now to BOOKMARK
this site and feel free to stay for as long as you like ...
If you don't have time to browse, enter your search term to find what you need quickly ...
Originally from the USA. I look forward to receiving your
newsletter every week. (Susan Smith Pereira, Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL)
Friday wouldn't be Friday without
articles are well written and the writer is able to convey the emotions of the
topic to the reader. I enjoy it. My best wishes as you continue this journey. (Sree,
Howdy! Love your
This is one of the most
interesting things I have encountered on the internet. (Jack Hayes,
Been enjoying your
commentaries and insights for several years (Stan, Little Rock, USA)
In backtracking your newsletters I came to your
Cars, Cars Cars article and
the Morris Minor. I have recently purchased the evo of this car. A2008 Mini
Cooper, 1.2 litres supercharged from 114 hp to 174 hp. ZOOM, ZOOM! (Charles,
WRITING HELP ...
Get professional thesis writing help at
WRITERS,browse articles about all aspects of writing, get some writing
tips, find how easy it is to increase your word power with vocab quizzes and add a good
book to your library. ||PARENTS, you'll find how to help your children get the best possible start writing short stories, writing and how to provide educational activities for young children. |
WRITERS, you'll discover what to write about, how to write great prose, then find out how to become a food writer, romance writer or songwriter and how to improve your vocabulary.
||BUSINESS PEOPLE, you'll find free articles about
business, website resources, how to avoid losing business, how to write a
book about your special interest or field of expertise and agreat little business you
can start with minimal costs. |
FREELANCE WRITERS,you'll find tips on some money-making
writing genres you can try,how to
write for money, how to write in different genres, how
to edit your work like a professional and how to find jobs.
||JOB SEEKERS, you'll find how to have a professional
resume that gets results, how to write a business letter and other writing
Then get tips on how to find and get your dream job and discover some of the
best writing jobs around.|
|STUDENTS, you'll find more than 500 writing tips, vocab quizzes, how to write an essay, write admissions essays for college, refine your study techniques
and make some money while you study. Then relax with some music.
||WEBMASTERS, you'll find all the resources you need to run a successful online business as well
as lots of articles on marketing.|
|If you need essay, research paper or dissertation writing help, visit professional custom writing service EffectivePapers.com now!
Now click to explore more ways Write101 can help you
improve your writing ...
What People Are Saying ...
Having several websites brings in masses of spam
each week, so it's always nice to open and read something that not
only makes me smile, but educates as well. Gratias ago vos adeo. (Peter, Stoke-on-Trent, UK)
Many I searched for a readable source that could really help me work my way up towards the Path to Become a
True Writer with the Real Knack. To most of my guilelessly surprise your newsletters didn't only provide the answers to those wicked riddles, but also
befit all of my thoughts thoroughly during morning-tea time! Groovy! (Uruziaga Stranz, Durazno, Uruguay)
This is, and has been for many years, my onlysource of information
the lost art of effective and correct writing. I so enjoy the incredibly valuable information which is delivered in a light and refreshing manner. Thank
you so much. (Pashupati, Moskovski Oblast, RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
I just stumbled on your site and received my
first newsletter today! Your tips are helping to give me ideas for writing some sort of book (still exploring
ideas of type) and your clever humor is infectious. Thanks for the motivation to be a better writer. I can’t wait for next week’s newsletter! (Peggy, Florida,
A hearty thank you for a brilliant
newsletter mam! The content is contemporary, upbeat, addictively interesting and most alluring of all- it oozes personality. I have indeed learnt very much!
All the very best! (Muzzammil Amod, Kwa-zulu Natal, SOUTH AFRICA)
I found this site, because I was looking for more information on writing, compiling and selling ebooks. This site is wonderful and
that is an understatement. I am American, but I live and work in Sudan. I want to write an ebook about some of my experiences here. I look forward to your
newsletter and reading all of the
archived ones as well. (Fatimah As-Salafy, Khartoum, SUDAN)
Thanks for giving us the information
that we need. John Masai (Nairobi, KENYA)
Your articles is like waking up to a cup of coffee for some people, for me it is like waking up to the lovely sunshine that greets
you good morning and place kisses on you face. I stumbled upon your site and loved it ever since. I enjoy reading your articles.
Keep up the good work, love from jamdung (Kingston, JAMAICA).
I enjoy so much reading your newsletter each week. I love brain stuff and think that after I
read your writings my IQ jumps up a few points.
Thank you so much! (Barb
Johnson, Illinois, US)
Your newsletter is the bright spot in my day. Gary Clark Colorado Springs, USA)
I love your newsletters!
thank you! Sintija (Riga, LATVIA)
"Everyone recieved their prize." INCORRECT
What's wrong with this sentence? (What's right with it?)
For a start received - remember the old chant, I
before E, except after C ?
This is an easy way to remember how to spell this little demon.
Secondly - everyone is, by definition, a singular pronoun -
everyONE - so it stands to reason that any other pronoun associated with it
must also be singular. Their is a plural pronoun.
The sentence needs to be changed to a) All the entrants received their
prizes. OR b) Everyone received his or her prize. CORRECT
Note that we're talking about more than one person receiving something,
so it's going to save a great deal of squabbling if they get a prize each -
The reason this is such a common error, is that we're all a bit lazy and
it's just too much of an effort to write his or her every time we use
a singular pronoun. Always try to reword the sentence to make the subject
plural and you'll avoid this problem (as in example a).
"My uncle has a car in his garage that is fitted with safety belts."
You should always place a phrase or clause near its noun (or
noun-equivalent) of reference. As it stands now, this sentence infers that
the garage was fitted with safety belts!
"In the garage, my uncle has a car that is fitted with safety belts."
"Her sister was that lazy that she was fired." INCORRECT
When using adverbial clauses of result, you must preserve the combination
"So .... THAT ..." Never use "That .... THAT..."
"Her sister was so lazy that she was fired." CORRECT
"My happiest moment was when my parents gave me a horse." INCORRECT
Don't use "WAS WHEN..." because "when" should be a relative adverb
commencing an adjectival clause. It therefore requires a noun (such as
"time") as its antecedent.
"My happiest moment was the time when my parents gave me a horse."
"My brothers got the two first tickets to the concert." INCORRECT
There can only be ONE first ticket; the next ticket is the second
ticket; but together they are the first two (not the two first) tickets.
"My brothers got the first two tickets to the concert." CORRECT
Return whence you came.
Now click to explore more ways
Write101 can help you
improve your writing ...
Content by Jennifer Stewart.