I was talking to a close friend of mine and she said that I sounded too cautious in my blog postings. She also made some comments about my style of writing. I was glad to hear her comments, because I think it’s the only way I can learn how to improve my blog.
My friend has known me for almost 10 years, so she could easily see the difference between my normal speaking/writing style and the way I write on my blog. I know that some of my posts might contain factual or grammatical errors….
Blog editor: Don’t blame me! I’ve been busy working on the blogs of people who actually pay me!
… and I wouldn’t mind if someone pointed them out to me. I also know that some of the posts might be too long or a bit boring. Please let me know! 🙂 My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance!
The BBC website is my favourite website. They cover a lot of things I like, including football, politics, technology and languages. I’ve now discovered that they also have a section which covers writing. I saw the BBC College of Journalism (CoJo) website two nights ago, and I spent a long time reading through it.
I first looked at a Writing Masterclass video presented by Allan Little. He works for the BBC as a special correspondent. The video was created for radio journalists, but a lot of the advice was useful for print journalists too. He said that journalists need to use short, clear words in their writing. I don’t think I do enough of this. I’m going to focus on keeping my sentences short and simple.
Read read read!
He also said that writers need to spend a lot of their time reading. We should read novels and poems, and make a note of the sentences that we like. I need to do more reading. I’ll try to read novels by respected writers like Ernest Hemingway, O. Henry, Virgina Woolf, George Orwell and Agatha Christie.
Writing do’s and don’ts
I also looked at the Writing section. It is divided into the following sections:
More reading to do
I thought I had read everything in the above sections, but today I realised that I hadn’t. I had ignored many ‘boring’ sections to get to the ones which looked more fun and interesting. I want to learn as much as possible from this website, so I’m going to go back to the sections I that I’d ignored. I still have lots of reading to do.