writing

What 'Nobody Has Lost Their Job' Actually Means

In Question Time at Parliament today, Government senate leader Senator Eric Abetz was asked if the government would apologise for imposing cuts on the ABC that will result in 400 people losing their jobs, thereby breaking an entirely unambiguous pre-election promise that no cuts will be made. His response? “Nobody has lost their job.” Huh?


Should I Use 'Towards' Or 'Toward'?

Peter from Business Insider popped his head over the partition the other day and asked if towards or toward was correct in a headline. I instinctively answered “towards”, but then realised I couldn’t offer a full explanation for my reasoning. Time to head to the dictionary.


Overcome Procrastination By Writing Down All Of Its Side Effects

It’s important to find the cause of your procrastination, but it’s equally important to identify all of the aspects of your life it affects. Writing down and analysing your procrastination habits can help you see how it could be negatively affecting your life in ways far beyond your work.


This Singular Qantas Error Is Entirely Avoidable

So three weeks ago I picked on Qantas for a spelling mistake on one of its wine bottles. Then last week I pointed out that the airline wasn’t handling apostrophes well. And now I feel compelled to point out an error on the signs explaining how to use Macs in Qantas Club lounges.


Harlan Ellison: 'I Sell My Soul, But At The Highest Rates'

As a creative trying to breaking into your dream industry, opportunities can be far and few between. That doesn’t mean you should accept work and do it for nothing, or give up your time to maybe get noticed. If you needed any more convincing on why you should never work for free, science fiction author Harlan Ellison provides a compelling argument. Fair warning, the video contains a few instances of strong language.


Discover Your Writing Process With Draftback

Chrome: It can be difficult to decipher our own writing processes. Draftback uses Google Docs’ revision history and tracks each keystroke of your document, even ones you made before it was installed.


Some Companies Can't Spell Correctly Even With The Right Spelling In Front Of Them

I apologise: I know it was only a fortnight ago that I was complaining about how its and it’s are constantly being misused. But this example is particularly offensive.


Should You Correct Your Spelling And Grammar Mistakes As You Go?

Accuracy matters, as we never tire of pointing out here at Mind Your Language. But what if you’re undertaking the NaNoWriMo challenge, where you have to produce a 50,000 word novel in a month? Does it make sense to worry about spelling when you’re trying to churn out 1700 words a day, or should you press on regardless?


How To Stick To A Writing Schedule

The more you write the better you get at it. Whether you’re blogging for money or writing for yourself — perhaps for November’s NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month — here are some tips to develop a writing habit.


Find The Perfect Word For Your Feelings With This Vocabulary Wheel

Sometimes, it’s hard to explain exactly how you feel. This handy vocabulary wheel helps you narrow down exactly what word best expresses your current emotional state.