It’s a funny time this, isn’t it? It’s a sort of festive no-man’s land in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day and a chance to spend time with family and friends.
Speaking of Christmas, I’d like to give you a belated gift.
As my present to you, here’s a list of really useful writing resources. As writers, we’re always learning and these are some great places to start.
1. British Council Learn English website https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar
If you’d like to learn more about English grammar, try the interactive exercises on this fantastic website.
2. Plain English Campaign website http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/
Visit the ‘Plain English tools’ section for handy writing guidance and the ‘gobbledygook generator’…
3. BBC News website https://www.bbc.co.uk/news
This may not sound like a writing tool, but it’s a great place to check the standard British spelling and formatting of words and phrases. If you’re not sure whether it’s ‘prime minister’, ‘prime-minister’ or ‘primeminister’, take a look at BBC News to see how they’re formatting it (the answer is ‘prime minister’).
4. GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/
This site is a great example of how to explain complicated, formal processes in simple language.
5. The book you got for Christmas
Reading is one of the best ways to improve as a writer. It also goes really well with a glass of mulled wine. Read writers you admire and you’ll pick up their tips along the way.
What are you up to in the days between Christmas and New Year? Let me know down in the comments…