Getting the Dialogue Right

By | March 6th, 2012|character voice, copy editing, dialogue, playwriting, writing plays|

When it comes to playwriting, the most important element is to ensure that you get the dialogue just right. If the dialogue is believable, the characters become believable, which in turn allows for the plot to come to life. But getting that dialogue right is a tricky art to master, it involves firstly understanding who [...]

Have You Looked at Your CV Lately?

By | February 20th, 2012|cv, cv editing, cv writing, resume|

Have you looked at your CV recently; do you even have a CV? If the answer to either of these questions is a resounding no, then you need to make time in your hectic schedule to review or write a current CV.If you're in the slightly more fortunate position of only having to review your [...]

Who needs a CV when you’ve got Facebook?

By | February 6th, 2012|cv writing, facebook, resume, social media recruitment, twitter|

A news report out this weekend, commented on the fact that the presence of social media channels is changing the way that employees are being recruited. Maybe worryingly for some, employers are frequently scouring the pages of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get an insight into the person behind the CV. With this in mind, [...]

How to Stay Motivated When Writing a Book

By | January 30th, 2012|motivated, motivational quotes, novel writing, writer's block, writing a book|

Motivation is something that most of us will struggle to maintain at some time in our lives. Whether it's to persevere in the gym, or to get out of bed when you know there's a long day at work ahead, motivation can mean the difference between success and failure. When it comes to writing a [...]

Your vs. You’re

By | January 24th, 2012|grammar, proof reading, proofreading, spelling, your, youre|

This morning I thought I'd provide you with some helpful advice which should ensure you always use the correct version of your or you're. The two words sound the same but have different meanings, and if you interchange the two you will find that your sentence probably won't make sense. Looking at the first word, [...]

Are you getting your message across?

By | January 16th, 2012|proof, proof reading, proofreading|

I just received a text message from a friend, it was short and sweet, only six words in length, but unfortunately it should have been seven! And in missing out that one vital word, the whole message became confusing, unclear, and actually had a totally opposite meaning to the intended message.A very simple example of [...]

A Monday Morning Motivator

By | January 9th, 2012|inspiration, motivational quotes, Voltaire|

It's a cold Monday morning, the weekend is a distant memory but neither of these elements are blighting the productivity at JMD today. But in order to stay productive, you need to stay motivated, which is why I thought this morning I would share a lovely quote from Francois-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), commonly known by the [...]

Top Tips for Writing Poetry

By | January 5th, 2012|editing, poem, poetry, poetry tips, writing poems|

If you love writing but have so far stayed well clear of the realms of poetry then this blog post is for you. Until recently, I too was a poetry virgin, until I came across these top tips, which I'd like to share with you now.Firstly, there are two ways to start writing poetry, the [...]

Inspirational Words for a New Year

By | January 3rd, 2012|desiderata, inspirational, max ehrmann, poem, quotes|

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, [...]

Happy New

By | December 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|