Writing Challenge Posts

I am a writer, serious about becoming a better one.  In an attempt to become a better writer, I challenged myself to learn something new about writing each day for a year, and blog about it to teach others.  This website was created on 30 April 2011 and the very next day ‘My Writing Challenge’ was launched and I posted each day from 1st May 2011 until 30 April 2012. The challenge is now complete and links to each of the posts are below, which include progress updates, challenge achievements and blog awards. 

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Full list of posts in My Writing Challenge

My Writing Challenge launches 1st May 2011
Note 1 – Where should I put the conclusion?
Note 2 – Rules for the word ‘however’
Note 3 – The use of ‘brackets’ and ‘bracketing commas’
Note 4 – The apostrophe
Note 5 – Rules about ‘lists’ in a sentence
Note 6 – Is it a question or not?
Note 7 – Numbers in writing
Note 8 – A little bit about semicolons
Note 9 – Is it ‘I’ or ‘me’?
Note 10 – Should you write ‘ie’ or ‘ei’?
Note 11 – Affect and Effect (Part 1)
Note 12 – Affect and Effect (Part 2)
Note 13 – Inverted commas (Part 1)
Note 14 – Is it ‘Maybe’ or ‘May be’?
Note 15 – Reflexive pronouns like ‘myself’
Note 16 – Inverted commas (Part 2)
Note 17 – Into and in, Onto and On
Note 18 – Passed and Past
Note 19 – ‘Dashes’ in writing (Part 1)
Note 20 – ‘Dashes’ in writing (Part 2)
Note 21 – Concrete and abstract nouns
Note 22 – Program and Programme
Note 23 – Is it practice or practise?
Note 24 – The infinitive of verbs
Note 25 – Split infinitives
Note 26 – Is it licence or license?
Note 27 – When to use italics
Note 28 – Using Capital Letters
Note 29 – Sentence order
Note 30 – Interrupting subject and verb
Note 31 – ‘Because of’ and ‘Due to’
Note 32 – Preposition words and phrases
Note 33 – Parallel form (lists)
Note 34 – Parallel form (expressions)
Note 35 – ‘The time’ in writing
Note 37 – The use of ‘ever’ and ‘-ever’
Note 38 – ‘To lay’ and ‘to lie’
Note 39 – Biennial and Biannual
Note 40 – The words ‘less’ and ‘fewer’
Note 41 – ‘Re’ with or without a hyphen
Note 42 – Paragraph layout
Note 43 – Conjunctions
Note 44 – e.g. and i.e.
Note 45 – either…or (coordinating conjunctions)
Note 46 – neither…nor (coordinating conjunctions)
Note 47 – Take your time when writing
Note 48 – Using ‘lead sentences’
Note 49 – Singular v Plural verb with coordinating conjunctions
Note 50 – Subject and verb (agreement in number) Part 1
Note 51 – Subject and verb (agreement in number) Part 2
Note 52 – Take care when quoting direct speech
Note 53 – Punctuation with quotation marks (British v American English)
Note 54 – Disinterested v Uninterested
Note 55 – Cut your work
Note 56 – Active and passive voices
Note 57 – Regular and irregular verbs
Note 58 – Past participles
Note 59 – Present participles
Note 60 – Do you end words with ‘-ise’ or ‘-ize’?
Note 61 – Verbs and their forms
Note 62 – Precede and Proceed
Note 63 – Forever and for ever
Note 64 – Ambiguity with adjectives and commas
Note 65 – The use of square brackets [ ]
Note 66 – The present perfect tense
Note 67 – The past perfect tense
Note 68 – Relative adverbs
Note 69 – Synonyms and Antonyms
Note 70 – How Google can help you find synonyms
Note 71 – The word ‘but’
Note 72 – The difference between a phrase and a clause
Note 73 – Using the words ‘like’ and ‘as’
Note 74 – The subtle difference between ‘like’ and ‘such as’
Note 75 – Acronyms
Note 76 – Remembering words (Pronunciation)
Note 77 – Non-fiction writing: How to succeed
Note 78 – Dependent or Dependant
Note 79 – Be sensitive when referring to genders
Note 80 – Some notes on ‘etc.’
Note 81 – The difference between stationery and stationary
Note 82 – Comparing ton and tonne
Note 83 – Abbreviations v Acronyms
Note 84 – To peddle and to pedal
Note 85 – Linking verbs
Note 86 – The word ‘just’
Note 87 – A test on plurals
Note 88 – Lead, led and leaded
Note 89 – Is it learnt or learned?
Note 90 – What is a gerund?
Note 91 – Lengthy and lengthily
Note 92 – What is a dummy subject?
Note 93 – Comparative and superlative adjectives
Note 94 – Deficient and defective
Note 95 – The word circa
Note 96 – The sin of circumlocution in writing
Note 97 – The indicative mood (verbs)
Note 98 – The imperative mood (verbs)
Note 99 – The subjunctive mood (verbs)
Note 100 – Finding the time and space to write
Note 101 – Clean up your clichés
Note 102 – Do you need a comma before which?
Note 103 – What does ‘hopefully’ actually mean?
Note 104 – Spaces before punctuation marks
Note 105 – Punctuation with bullet points and lists
Note 106 – First, second and third person
Note 107 – The ‘Oxford comma’
Note 108 – ‘Cannot’ and ‘can not’
Note 109 – ‘Can’ v ‘May’
Note 110 – Is ‘supersede’ spelt correctly?
Note 111 – What is an idiom?
Note 112 – Discreet and discrete
Note 113 – The use of ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in writing
Note 114 – Do you use ‘enquire’ or ‘inquire’?
Note 115 – What is tautology?
Note 116 – Etymology: the study of word origins
Note 117 – The difference between ‘who’ and ‘whom’
Note 118 – The difference between ‘further’ and ‘farther’
Note 119 – Examples of euphemisms
Note 120 – Double negatives
Note 121 – Starting sentences with ‘and’
Note 122 – Prepositions: of, with and by
Note 123 – Organising your web content
Note 124 – Content words v structure words
Note 125 – Prepositions v conjunctions
Note 126 – The meaning of eponymous
Note 127 – Using the words ‘may’ and ‘might’
Note 128 – Hyphenating adjectives correctly
Note 129 – The difference between distinct and distinctive
Note 130 – Using fractions and percentages in writing
Note 131 – The words ‘onym’ and ‘onymous’
Note 132 – Warming up before the real writing
Note 133 – What is a colloquialsm?
Note 134 – Writing: Don’t fear the negative comments
Note 135 – What is morphology (in writing)?
Note 136 – Difference between former and latter
Note 137 – The use of the word ‘presently’
Note 138 – The expression ‘faux pas’
Note 139 – Do you use ‘between’ and ‘among’ correctly?
Note 140 – Writing ‘among’ and ‘amongst’
I’m posting every day in 2011!
Note 141 – The difference between ‘anyone’ and ‘anybody’
Note 142 – Indefinite pronouns
Note 143 – Writing dimensions and measurements correctly
Note 144 – How SEO can help you as a writer
Note 145 – What are homographs?
Note 146 – What are homophones?
Note 147 – What are heterophones?
Note 148 – Plurals of words ending in ‘-us’
Note 149 – Principal and principle
Note 150 – Comparing ‘avenge’ and ‘revenge’
Note 151 – Comparing weather, whether and wether
Note 152 – Comparing ‘a lot’, ‘alot’ and ‘allot’
Note 153 – Tips on rewriting your CV (curriculum vitae)
Note 154 – Creating a writing plan that works
Note 155 – Putting the writing plan to the test
Note 156 – Comparing ‘efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’
Note 157 – Multiple question marks and exclamation marks
Note 158 – Have you heard of the ‘interrobang’ punctuation mark?
Note 159 – Speech lasting more than one paragraph
Note 160 – Should you put a comma after ‘bracketing commas’?
Note 161 – Your web presence as a freelance writer
Note 162 – Language = Vocabulary + Grammar rules
Note 163 – Grammatical building blocks
Note 164 – Should you put quotation marks around thoughts?
Note 165 – ‘between you and me’ v ‘between you and I’
Note 166 – Trust your writing and don’t deprive the reader
Note 167 – How to write for Technorati
Note 168 – Writing the old-fashioned way – with pen and paper
Note 169 – When are you qualified to say ‘I am a writer’?
Note 170 – Blog posts: sharing and commenting
Note 171 – Is the spelling focussed or focused?
Note 172 – Is the spelling installment or instalment?
Note 173 – A few presentation and paragraph tips
Note 174 – How writers can earn money using Google AdSense
Note 175 – Is it okay to not feel like writing some days?
Note 176 – Writing in the comfort of your own bed
Note 177 – Before you read on – is it brocolli or broccoli?
Note 178 – Deciding on your writing niche(s)
Note 179 – Trying to multi-task as a writer
Note 180 – The Latin word ‘viz’
Note 181 – The French phrase ‘vis à vis’
Note 182a – Psychology of Writing (before clutter clearing)
Note 182b – Psychology of Writing (after clutter clearing)
Note 183 – Well organised blog content
I’m half way through My Writing Challenge
Note 184 – Five things I’ve learnt about blog category management
Note 185 – Writing about subjects you are passionate about
Note 186 – Preparing for writer’s block
Note 187 – How writers can get more Twitter followers
Note 188 – How people-watching can help a non-fiction writer too…
Note 189 – Using the word ‘arrhae’
Note 190 – Autohagiography and other unusual words
Note 191 – Have you tried using talking dictionaries?
Note 192 – ‘In doing so’ v ‘in so doing’
Note 193 – Twitter isn’t a race – 6 rules and best practices for following
Note 194 – Adding a free Flickr image to your blog post
Note 195 – Creating useful lists in Twitter which may help you as a writer
Note 196 – Writing (or thinking about writing) whilst you are cooking!
Note 197 – How SEO tool ‘Website Grader’ can help you improve your website
Note 198 – Five reasons why LinkedIn can be great for writers
Note 199 – Get your website or blog discovered with StumbleUpon
Note 200 – Things you didn’t know about The Free Dictionary
Note 201 – How the Digg social media tool can drive traffic to your site
Note 202 – Ever wondered what your Twitter account grade is?
Note 203 – The use of similes in writing
Note 204 – How metaphors are different to similes
Note 205 – Writing = Structure + Style + Readability + Grammar
Note 206 – Your writing style: be yourself and be unique
Note 207 – The use of the word frisson
Note 208 – The Latin expression ‘per se’
Note 209 – The Latin term ‘status quo’
Note 210 – You can’t put a price on a writer’s notebook
Note 211 – How do you set up ‘no follow’ attributes within WordPress comments?
Note 212 – Comparing speciality and specialty
Note 213 – The latin term bona fide
Note 214 – How the YouTube tool can help writers
Note 215 – A little bit of history about British and American English
Note 216 – How to create a custom link for your LinkedIn profile in 5 easy steps
Note 217 – Is it spelt descendent or descendant?
Note 218 – How the Merriam-Webster Company was formed
Note 219 – The meaning of the word secular
Note 220 – Reasons why I love to write
Note 221 – Write great blog content and it could go viral
Note 222 – Eight things to consider before creating a writing portfolio
Note 223 – Don’t feel guilty about not writing
Note 224 – How using hashtags in Twitter can benefit writers
Note 225 – Copying a post in WordPress
Note 226 – Writing on the train has many advantages
Note 227 – Ever wondered how people communicated before writing?
Note 228 – How an autobiography is different to a memoir
Note 229 – The difference between SEO and social media
Note 230 – The 3 keys to getting SEO right
Note 231 – Research tools and keyword phrases
Note 232 – Direct readers to relevant content via links in your bylines
Note 233 – The meaning of the phrase ‘keep schtum’
Note 234 – Have you converted your WordPress blog to your own domain?
Note 235 – I mapped my WordPress blog to a new domain in just a few minutes!
Note 236 – Writing Better Twitter Headlines
Note 237 – Do you lay or lie on the settee?
Note 238 – You’ll make it as a writer if you just have hope
Note 239 – The word ‘Humbug’ and the term ‘Bah Humbug’
Note 240 – The spelling of yuletide and its definition
Note 241 – Origami: The Art of Folding Paper
Note 242 – Definition and Use of the Latin Word [Sic]
Note 243 – Authority = Great Content + Shared Links + Google Ranking
Note 244 – Making income from your authoritative website
Note 245 – The Pressure of New Year’s Resolutions; Choose to be Different…
Note 246 – What does your blog or website give others?
Note 247 – Definition and Origin of ‘Beck and Call’
Note 248 – How writers can end up with posture problems
Note 249 – Researching how to create ebooks from your blog content
Note 250 – The Kreativ Blogger Award
Note 251 – The prefix ‘omni’ and related words
Note 252 – The use of Prefixes and Suffixes
Note 253 – Four types of third-person point of view (POV) in writing
Note 254 – How many words or pages should an ebook have?
Note 255 – Writing commitments as a busy parent
Note 256 – Balancing Writing and Family
Note 257 – Little Writing Steps v Writing Burnout
Note 258 – Using a kaizen approach to your writing
Note 259 – Adding images using the WordPress media gallery
Note 260 – Adding incredible Flickr images to your blogs
Note 261 – A few commonly misspelled words
Note 262 – Spelling commitments: Committing yourself to spelling correctly
Note 263 – How reading can help improve spelling
Note 264 – Word confusions: Do you confuse lose with loose?
Note 265 – Word confusions: proof, prove and proving
Note 266 – Measuring writing progress in 8 different ways
Note 267 – The benefits of writing ‘how to’ articles
Note 268 – Epistemology: the study of knowledge
Note 269 – The acronym a.k.a.
Note 270 – Tips on hiding your writing from prying eyes
Note 271 – Ten tips for preparing blogs and articles in advance
Note 272 – My Writing Challenge: 2011 in review
Note 273 – What’s the longest word in the English Language?
Note 274 – How being a ’30 minute’ writer works for me
Note 275 – Dos-à-dos, dosado and do-si-do
Note 276 – Mnemonics for the word necessary
Note 277 – The occasional misspelling of occasionally
Note 278 – Confusion with the words sat, seated and sitting
Note 279 – Comparing centre and center
Note 280 – The word exigencies
Note 281 – Do you say vicious circle or vicious cycle?
Note 282 – The word synonymous
Note 283 – There’s no such word as layed
Note 284 – Have you got a secret blog editor?
Note 285 – How would you write the words ‘shock horror’?
Note 286 – How writers can benefit from stressful situations
Note 287 – Comparing complement and compliment
Note 288 – Do you get writing ideas from watching films?
Note 289 – My Writing Challenge Progress
Note 290 – The word therein
Note 291 – Words Meaning Love (includes quiz)
Note 292 – The word exponential
Note 293 – The Double Meaning of Utopia
Note 294 – Rewriting is the essence of writing
Note 295 – The Word Congruent
Note 296 – The words bifurcate, trifurcate and quadfurcate
Note 297 – Everyone’s talking about ‘writing time’
Note 298 – The Trapezius Muscle
Note 299 – The occipital bone
Note 300 – Most popular posts since My Writing Challenge began
Note 301 – Can changing titles make posts more popular?
Note 302 – Take care of your spine through good posture
Note 303 – What does a writer carry with them?
Note 304 – Laptop stands can help with posture issues
Note 305 – Lo and behold v Low and behold
Note 306 – Take frequent micro-breaks from sitting
Note 307 – The words harry and harried
Note 308 – The phrase ‘chip on your shoulder’
Note 309 – The word verdigris
Note 310 – Comparing sulphate and sulfate
Note 311 – Travelling v traveling
Note 312 – The Erector Spinae (group of muscles)
Note 313 – Upper cross syndrome
Note 314 – Where and how do you sit with your laptop?
Note 315 – The difference between disc and disk
Note 316 – Fifty days to go…what’s kept me going
Note 317 – I AM a writer, so let’s move on a step…
Note 318 – The Versatile Blogger Award
Note 319 – Reciprocal Reading
Note 320 – The phrase okey dokey
Note 321 – Learning and then teaching via your blog
Note 322 – McKenzie D lumber roll to help you sit correctly
Note 323 – Eight writing books as a source of information
Note 324 – Eight online sources of information + useful tips
Note 325 – Eight other sources of information for writing tips
Note 326 – The use of the word gubbins
Note 327 – Are you a fiction or non-fiction writer?
Note 328 – Is the floor inside and the ground outside?
Note 329 – The controversy about the word irregardless
Note 330 – Do you write snuck or sneaked?
Note 331 – Cringing at the use of they’re, there and their…
Note 332 – The possessive pronoun “theirs” has no apostrophe
Note 333 – The use of sited, cited and sighted
Note 334 – The word insatiable
Note 335 – The Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Note 336 – The 7 advantages and 7 disadvantages of daily blogging
Note 337 – Comparing lesson and lessen
Note 338 – My blog is my frog…
Note 339 – What is a copywriter?
Note 340 – 10,000 hits, some ‘book’ news and lots of patience…
Note 341 – Copywriting v copyrighting
Note 342 – Can writing promote everyday happiness?
Note 343 – Expressing gratitude through writing
Note 344 – The word capricious
Note 345 – Every writer deserves some time off
Note 346 – Reviewing writing challenges and goals
Note 347 – A writer’s decision to change direction
Note 348 – Accidentally overwriting blog posts
Note 349 – Is it spelt accidentally or accidently?
Note 350 – Time flies when you are having fun
Note 351 – Writing or social media obsessions
Note 352 – The phrase ‘for all intents and purposes’
Note 353 – Is it ‘formally’ or ‘formerly’?
Note 354 – Converting time and words into money
Note 355 – Is earnt or earned the correct spelling?
Note 356 – Have I met my writing challenge? 10 days to go…
Note 357 – The approach to taking time off from your daily blog
Note 358 – Comparing morale and moral
Note 359 – The word loquacious
Note 360 – About the Versatile Blogger Award
Note 361 – Writing challenge horizon in sight (5 days to go…)
Note 362 – Seeing human errors as learning opportunities
Note 363 – What’s your label: Blogger, Writer or Author?
Note 364 – Communicating changes to your readers
Note 365 – Thanking blog readers and supporters (1 day to go…)
Note 366 – Happy 1st Blogiversary…Writing challenge complete!
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Discussion

9 thoughts on “Writing Challenge Posts

  1. Sandra,
    The link to your other blog is wrong. It tells people that the site cannot be found. The correct link should be

    http://sandramadeira.wordpress.com/

    There is no “WWW” with the wordpress blogs.

    Posted by MercXue | May 31, 2011, 9:33 pm

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