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Weeknote 10: How not to be an entrepreneur

Two things recently have made me think about how I do my job. Surprisingly, an article titled How Basecamp Built a $100 Billion Business by Doing Less on Purpose turned out to be useful rather than clickbait. I liked the

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Weeknote 6: Writing, editing and rock’n’roll

I found a great quote on LinkedIn this week. Content strategist Melanie Seibert commented on a post about writing:  ‘To be a good writer, you have to be a good critical thinker. (Greek word for “word” is “logos,” the basis

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Style guides for the 21st century (part 2): A universal style guide?

Last month, I found myself in a second-hand bookshop looking for some holiday reading. I think I actually squealed with excitement when I saw a copy of Steven Pinker’s recent book The Sense of Style. At this point I realised

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Style guides for the 21st century (part 1): What is a style guide anyway?

A style guide or style sheet is a tool of the trade for professional writers and editors, and something that some of us get quite excited about. I’ve spent many happy hours compiling them (yes, I am a geek). A

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Gove v Gowers: rules for writing

I was amused to find out this week that Michael Gove has been telling his civil servants how to write letters. He has compiled what he calls, rather presumptuously, ‘Gove’s Golden Rules’ for writing. The ten rules – listed in

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