Posted by on Nov 27, 2006 in good writing, grammar | One Comment

The best prose I know … Is to be found in the Chiltern Seed catalogue. It’s not an original discovery, and I’m indebted to Beverley Nichols, my favourite garden writer, for talking about how seed catalogues could produce spring in the gardener’s mind in the depths of winter. Here’s an example of their elegant, informative […]

Posted by on Nov 15, 2006 in editing, grammar, writing | 3 Comments

Erasure and eraser, entrance and enter There’s a weird thing that happens to writers who rely on computer based spelling assistance. They forget how to spell things. This week, editing for three different publications, I’ve come across the weirdest word confusions. ‘She scrubbed furiously with the erasure’ for example. Microsoft Word sees nothing wrong with […]