Here’s a cool online test to show you. Apparently I read just under 300 words per minute, which is 19% faster than the average adult…but slower than the average 11th grader? I’m not sure how that works. It would take me around 33 hours to read War and Peace. Take the test and let us… Continue reading How fast can you read?
Category: Love your language
Find tips on how to make your writing sparkle.
Dublin’s best museum: a must-visit for writers and readers
Back in March, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend with my husband’s Irish cousins in Dublin. For my husband, his dad, and his cousin, it was a big rugby weekend. The men in my family are big Ireland rugby supporters (I can’t bring myself to tell them the hero in my novel First… Continue reading Dublin’s best museum: a must-visit for writers and readers
Tools for culling repetitious words from your writing
Before I started working in charity communications, I spent four years teaching English as a foreign language in Prague and London. One of my first classes was full of Czech bankers who gave up their Saturdays to learn English. They were an intermediate-level group, so they could make themselves understood but were far from fluent.… Continue reading Tools for culling repetitious words from your writing
Ten tips on writing characters with accents, by Rose Lerner
Anyone who’s read one of Rose Lerner’s novels (In for a Penny and A Lily Among Thorns) will know that her characters come from a wide range of backgrounds. Rose is a master at writing accents so a reader can hear her characters’ distinctive voices. She’s very generously written this post on how she writes… Continue reading Ten tips on writing characters with accents, by Rose Lerner
Simply Inflatable – and other romance titles
“What’re you reading now?” my husband asks. “Buggered by the Butler?” Yeah, yeah. Everyone who reads romance knows the titles can earn them some raised eyebrows and a few sniggers. They don’t embarrass me, and I’m happy to see some of my favorite authors having fun with them too. Sound quality’s not great on this,… Continue reading Simply Inflatable – and other romance titles