Author: piers

This seems so basic it's not worth doing. But it really is worth doing. So you've finished writing something, you've tweaked and polished it, you believe it's ready to go out into the world on its own. Now stop. Take a moment to read it aloud....

Let's look at a real worked example of editing and cutting back a piece of corporate hot air. This is exactly the kind of work I'm often asked to do – taking some writing that's been written internally and reworking it into something that communicates...

This is President Trump's official inauguration portrait, on sale at the United States Library of Congress. Isn't it magnificent? And it has a beautiful little typo in it – particularly beautiful because it's surrounded by high flown, grandiose language. In its own subversive little way, this typo is...

Here's a quote about the power of language to end the year on. You and I belong to a species with a remarkable ability: we can shape events in each other’s brains with exquisite precision.   It's by Steven Pinker, linguist, cognitive scientist, and marvellously clear communicator of the...

Remember Smile, the online bank? If you're of a certain age you probably will. At one time they were pioneers. But Smile went quiet maybe 10 years ago, apparently dying of neglect. Now a new Smile website has just launched. I'm proud to have been involved...

Most of the stuff I write is written to be read. I doubt it's often spoken out loud. True, there may be a few readers who have never dropped the habit of reading out loud from when they were learning to read. But I kind of doubt it....