writing

It's Still Not OK To Get 'Its' Wrong

Mind Your Language deals with a wide range of linguistic screw-ups, but there is only one candidate for the most common mistake in current written English. Step forward, it’s being used when its is needed.


So It's Cut And Dried That Cut And Dry Is Wrong

Cut and dried is a useful expression for conveying that something is fixed and (for most purposes) unarguable. If you get it wrong and write cut and dry, an argument will undoubtedly happen.


Ask LH: How Can I Learn To Plot Before NaNoWriMo?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a budding (not yet blossoming) fiction writer. By that, I mean I have really cool ideas whizzing around my noggin but am yet to put pen to paper or text to screen. To motivate myself I have registered for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble formulating a plot structure and having it accessible and presented clearly.


'Drop The E' To Take Quicker Handwritten Notes

When you are in a meeting or in class, writing by hand leads to more effective learning. It’s just so darn slow. If you skip the letter “e” when writing, you’ll write faster.


Drafts 4 Adds A New Interface, Specialty Keys, Share Sheets And More

iOS: Drafts has long been our favourite app for mobile writing. Today, a new version completely overhauls the app with a bunch of new features.


Potato Scallop, Cake Or Fritter? Actually, It Depends

Twitter has flared up recently over the oft-argued question of whether a flat circular disc of battered and deep-fried potato should be called a potato scallop, potato cake or potato fritter in Australia. The correct answer? It depends on where you live.


Remember The 'Curse Of Knowledge' To Improve Your Writing

The internet is a wonderful thing: it allows anyone with a thought and a keyboard to become a writer. Unfortunately, it also means there’s a lot of bad writing out there — most of which, says Steven Pinker, stems from the “curse of knowledge”.


Six Ways To Power Through Writer's Block

Writer’s block is the bane of all who seek to put pen to paper. Whether it’s your ideas, motivation or just your brain causing it, here are a few tricks to breaking that block.


Add 'Find And Replace' Functionality To Your Browser

Chrome/Firefox: Find and replace is one of those handy little features in Word that isn’t really available anywhere else. If you’d like to add it to Chrome and Firefox, two extensions, Search and Replace, and Find and Replace, do the trick.


Your Bank Balance Is Dependent On Your Dependants

English words that sound identical and differ only by their use of an “a” or an “e” can often cause confusion. And so it proves yet again with dependent and dependant.