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Note 356 – Have I met my writing challenge? 10 days to go…

The 10 day countdown will begin at midnight tonight (UK time). Today felt like a good day to look back at the very first post on 30 April 2011 (the day before the challenge began) and record my thoughts against what I set out to achieve. I’ve taken a few quotes from the original post: … Continue reading

Note 355 – Is earnt or earned the correct spelling?

Before reading on or looking it up, which word would you use: earnt or earned?  After posting Note 354 yesterday, spellchecker made me consider changing the word earnt to earned and I was in two minds whether to or not, so left it.  I assumed that earned and earnt were two forms of the past tense of … Continue reading

Note 354 – Converting time and words into money

I have worked out that by the time My Writing Challenge is over, I would have spent approximately 663 hours researching, writing, editing and perfecting posts (and that’s not including all the other writing projects that I have). The way I worked it out is that each post has taken anything from half an hour to three hours from start … Continue reading

Note 353 – Is it ‘formally’ or ‘formerly’?

The word formally was underlined in the spell check just after I posted Note 352 yesterday, and it prompted me to change it to formerly so I quickly did (unfortunately without thinking). Whilst typing this blog today and running myself down thinking that I had spelt something wrong, I have now realised that I actually … Continue reading

Note 352 – The phrase ‘for all intents and purposes’

According to Phrases.org, ‘for all intents and purposes’ means “In effect; for all practical purposes” and although the phrase’s exact origin isn’t clear, it has been around since the time of Henry VIII (16th century). They also say that the phrase was originally known as ‘to all intents and purposes’, but “it is ‘for all … Continue reading

Note 351 – Writing or social media obsessions

As a writer you may need constant recognition that what you write is being read by others and they like it.  This might involve constantly checking for ‘comments’, ‘likes’ or just checking how many ‘hits’ a post has had every day.  Alternatively you could be waiting for an email, a letter, a competition entry, or just to see if your book idea has been … Continue reading

Note 350 – Time flies when you are having fun

A colleague said this to me at the end of a busy day last week. Knowing that this is a very popular phrase, I thought that I’d look up its origin on the way home.  After scribbling down some notes, it gave me an idea for today’s post.  The term time flies is “used to mean that time passes … Continue reading

Note 349 – Is it spelt accidentally or accidently?

Before you read on, which do you think is the correct spelling: accidentally or accidently?  I hope no one spotted the accidental misspelling of the word accidentally in yesterday’s post (Note 348 – Accidentally overwriting blog posts) before I changed it.  This is apparently a commonly misspelt word of which I am guilty of unfortunately (not anymore though!). Although I now know … Continue reading

Note 348 – Accidentally overwriting blog posts

I was horrified that I was able to overwrite last night’s blog post by mistake (from my iPhone) but thankfully it all turned out okay, by taking advantage of the cool feature in WordPress – I apologise in advance if you already know about this. Here are the steps I took to mess things up … Continue reading

Note 347 – A writer’s decision to change direction

The point that I bounced around yesterday was that when you are reviewing the writing challenges you have set yourself (or any type of challenge for that matter) you should feel confident about changing your direction.  It feels good to commit yourself to something you love doing and then pour all your time and effort into it, but not so good when … Continue reading

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