In 2019, a New Zealand Government department asked me to work with its Ministerial Services team and edit the team’s briefing notes to ministers and letters to the public. The team’s manager wanted an editor, because editing the team’s work was taking too much time, at the expense of her other responsibilities. Helen’s training programme … Continue reading Helping public-sector staff write well at work
Apostrophes act as signals to readers. They may seem insignificant, but when they are used incorrectly they confuse readers and slow down their reading. Are you’re sometimes unsure about whether a word needs an apostrophe? This article will help you understand the general rules. It's actually quite simple: there are only two occasions when you … Continue reading Use apostrophes correctly
Does it take longer than you expect to finish writing a document for your organisation or business? Do you find that too many people want to change your draft and re-negotiate the contents? These are common problems that have a significant impact on productivity. When many people review a document, sometimes more than once, it … Continue reading Streamline your document review
Your first draft is never your best If you write documents, you’ll know that your first drafts are never the best versions. Let’s face it, they can be long, repetitive, muddled, badly organised, full of mistakes and untidy. If your documents are poorly written it's hard for readers to hear what you want to tell … Continue reading Do you need an editor?
Do you want good writing technique to come naturally? Here's what I’ve learnt about creating good habits, from a change I’ve made to what I eat. I think the same principles apply to making good writing a habit. Some of you may know I’m an amateur triathlete; swimming, cycling and running most days is very … Continue reading Get into good writing habits