You’ve got to be a bit more canny when using hook intros than with a summary intro. Look for unusual parts of the story or details which you have seen or gathered from your reporting. Go through your notebook and have a look at the different parts of it and make sure that you’ve got
It’s easy to forget about links in your writing. Once you’ve overcome the first major hurdle and actually made a start, there is a tendency to assume that the rest will just flow. Not necessarily. Good writers spend as much time thinking about how to keep people reading as they do about hooking them in
The semicolon is in your tool box of punctuation: use it to improve the power of your writing. It is heavier than a comma and lighter than a full stop. Here is one way to use it: As a divider in lists which are long and complex: “Three of them went on the picnic: Richard,
This week’s top tip: Learn as much about your reader as you can and when you start to write, imagine they are sitting in the corner of the room with you. Look at our Feature Writing course to find out more.
What’s the first thing you do when you open your inbox in the morning? That’s right, DELETE. It’s an automatic response, to only leave you with the messages that are relevant, useful or meaningful. We can show you how your emails can avoid this fate. How to stand out amid the clutter of your audience’s
Every day, you send out 4,000 messages, without once opening your mouth or tapping your keyboard. ‘Micro-messages’ are how humans actually communicate face-to-face, most of the time. Small actions or gestures, eye movements or glances, shifts in posture or body language; they all give a lot away – and much more than we think. We rely on them
1st Rule of Communication – Context Hugely influences your message. Place, time, format, expectations, history, relevance, sentiment…the list goes on. Think about Context, first and last. 2nd Rule of Communication – Clarity There is just too much ‘noise’ and clutter. Your message needs to be absolutely clear, helped by your distinctive tone of voice. The clearer