Category : writing

Written on Mar, 12, 2019 by in , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writers of Wales How many famous Welsh writers can you think of? Roald Dahl, Dylan Thomas, Catrin Collier? But who else I wonder? Well you’d probably be surprised to hear that one of the best-selling authors in the world was born in Cardiff.  Maybe you didn’t know that the writer of the world’s greatest national anthem (don’t even think of …

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Written on Feb, 08, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

The English language is a weird one alright. There are rules for this and rules for that but just when you think you’ve got to grips with them then the exceptions come! Grammar Tips For Verbs When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘worshipped/worshiped’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. See below …

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Written on Feb, 05, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

How many people know that the world famous International Welsh Poetry Competition began life in a small, independent pub, tucked away down a quiet side street in Pontypridd? Founded by Welsh poet Dave Lewis in 2007 the contest has been run and organised from the town ever since, is now in its thirteenth year and is the biggest poetry competition …

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Written on Jan, 07, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

A short blog post this month but an important one. Should the seasons have capital letters? The simple answer is no.  They are common nouns, not proper nouns and should be written lowercase.  Unless they are incorporated in a name, e.g. ‘Summer Retreat’ or ‘Rocky Mountain Spring Hotel’. Examples: Where are you going this autumn? – Correct I’ve been skiing twice …

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Most authors - independent, traditionally published, or otherwise – need a website.  You can have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, Instagram or LinkedIn profile but they aren’t really the same.  A good website can feature your writing, your various channels of engagement (social media, live appearances, readings etc.) – it’s basically your brand. And while it’s a good idea for all authors to have a website, …

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What really makes the difference between a successful self-publisher and one who fails? Well, it all really comes down to one simple factor… How many people see your book. The more that see it, the more that buy it. Now, most authors need to do an epic book launch to get the word out to as many people as possible. …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2018 by in , , , | Leave a comment

Instagram: It seems that everyone is using it. It’s become a convenient platform for people to share themselves and their interests.  For poets it has become a fantastic medium for them to display their work as poetry is concise and gets instant feedback.  In this technological world it means that words can carry faster than the voice can project them. One of …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Do not rely solely on your spell-checker, as the following illustrates: I have a spelling chequer, It came with my pea sea, It plainly marks four my revue, Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key an type a word, And weight four it two say, Weather eye am wrong oar write, It shows me strait a weigh. …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

The word was popularised and begun in 1840 as a slogan of the O.K. Club, a Democratic party political club of the 1840s. It stands for Old Kinderhook, the nickname of President Martin Van Buren, from New York. It became popular to describe a member of this club as ‘an OK guy’ because the party was seen largely as a …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

These days, when talking of the Internet world, most users will use ‘online’ and this denotes the Internet concept. Way back, when these words were starting out, many forms were seen in written communications (online, on line and on-line); the difference between them (i.e. the use of the hyphen) is very important and applies to many other grammatical forms. It’s now …

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