writing

When You're En Route To Somewhere, Forget The On

The French expression en route (meaning “on your way to”) is so widely used in English that it’s acceptable to not place it in italics every time you use it. What isn’t acceptable is replacing the en with on.


Ask LH: How Can I Learn To Write More Neatly?

Hi Lifehacker, Do you have any suggestions for learning how to write more neatly? As an adult it seems difficult to find tutors or classes that specialise in neatness for handwriting — there are plenty for children though. Is it just a matter of getting a blank exercise book and writing every day?


Write 'Morning Pages' By Hand Every Day To Boost Productivity

Author and journalist Julia Cameron claims the secret to a productive day is actually a simple routine. Every morning, take a pen and three blank pages and write down whatever you want to fill those pages.


How Spelling Mistakes Will Ruin Your Amusing GIFs

There’s an animated GIF doing the rounds which sums up the plot of every episode of TV medical drama House. It’s pointed and cruel and funny — but the effect was ruined for me by a spelling mistake in one of the captions.


Mark Page Line Edges To Organise Your Paper Notebook

There are lots of fantastic note-taking apps and services out there, but I must admit, I’m more of a pen and paper kind of guy. This trick to organising your paper notebook is simple, efficient, and only requires your writing utensil.


What's The Difference Between A Reticle And A Reticule?

I’ll admit it: before I began researching this topic, I had never used the word reticle in a sentence. So how did it end up as a target for Mind Your Language?


Use 'Brainwriting' Instead Of Brainstorming To Generate Ideas

Brainstorming out loud is often the go-to for coming up with new ideas, but your group might be better off writing their ideas down before someone shares anything out loud and gets everyone heading in the same direction.


Change Your Font For Easier Proofreading

Proofreading your own work is hard. It’s your words, so it’s hard to spot the errors. One way to make your work look different is to change the font.


Give Us A Break And Put The Brakes On

I thought put the brakes on was an obvious automotive idiom and that everyone would be able to spell it correctly. Then I opened my eyes and realised that some people are writing put the breaks on instead. Oh dear.


Focus On Creating An Importance Hierarchy When Presenting Information

Presenting information is an art unto itself. Whether it’s an email, PowerPoint or a speech, there’s a tendency to pack as much information into as little space as possible. It turns out it may be more important to create a hierarchy of information first.