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SURELY WE CAN EDIT OUR OWN WRITING? AND DOES IT REALLY MATTER ANYWAY?

SURELY WE CAN EDIT OUR OWN WRITING? AND DOES IT REALLY MATTER ANYWAY?

Why would you pay for professional editing and proofreading? As brilliant as our brains are - they cannot focus on meaning as well as secretarial aspects. Keep reading to find out why ...
6 ways you can proofread your own writing (and why they might work)

6 ways you can proofread your own writing (and why they might work)

Can't afford the time or money to employ a proofreader? These six tips may help you.
COPYEDITING – SIX QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK AFTER YOU’VE TRIED TO DO IT YOURSELF (or perhaps before)

COPYEDITING – SIX QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK AFTER YOU’VE TRIED TO DO IT YOURSELF (or perhaps before)

Should you copyedit your writing yourself? Probably not - but if you do, make sure you ask yourself these six questions.
THE OXFORD COMMA – PROOFREADING JOY OR NIGHTMARE?

THE OXFORD COMMA – PROOFREADING JOY OR NIGHTMARE?

For such a small punctuation mark, the comma can cause all sorts of problems. And don't get me started on the Oxford Comma.
WRITING OR EDITING: THREE WAYS A STYLE GUIDE WILL HELP YOU

WRITING OR EDITING: THREE WAYS A STYLE GUIDE WILL HELP YOU

Do you know what a style guide is? Do you have (and use) one for your school or organisation documents? If not, here's why you should.
To judge, or not to judge, that is the (editing) question (part 1)

To judge, or not to judge, that is the (editing) question (part 1)

Recently, I’ve had more than a few friends tell me they get nervous when
What’s Going on with Writing Lessons?

What’s Going on with Writing Lessons?

'I hate writing!' 'Writing's boring!' Those words are hard to hear coming from our students' mouths - so why is it happening?
Big Words

Big Words

Words are fascinating but they present a conundrum. My editor brain says, 'Small words, plain English.' My teacher brain says, 'Throw me all the juicy, teachable words you can.' Ans my poor author brain is stuck in the middle.
Can Picture Books be Used for All Year Levels?

Can Picture Books be Used for All Year Levels?

Picture books are often left to the younger years of primary school, but I've found them to be more beneficial for our older students. Why?
Networking and the Power it Brings

Networking and the Power it Brings

Just Right Words has been in operation now for a little over a year. A lot has changed in that time, in a positive way. Networking has played a massive role in this growth.
IT’S or ITS? Why is a tiny apostrophe so hard?

IT’S or ITS? Why is a tiny apostrophe so hard?

Do you find it hard to remember whether to use it's or its? Sometimes the simplest of rules cause the most confusion.