Why you should tighten your writing

Why you should tighten your writing

We all know people who talk too much, rambling on and on and repeating themselves until we could scream. They probably write the same way, using way too many words to get their point across. Don’t be them when you write. Instead, practice cutting out words that will slow your readers down and may even… Continue Reading

Cookies ‘N Coaching

Cookies ‘N Coaching

Isolation is both best friend and worst enemy to a writer. Writers need solitude to be productive, but too much solitude makes them admire their texts instead of going the distance to revise their drafts. So, at some point, even good writers need to be coached on their writing. In our culture, we’re more familiar… Continue Reading

What’s a style guide and why do you need one (or more)?

What’s a style guide and why do you need one (or more)?

If you write or edit more than one document a day or work with other writers and editors, you need a style guide to provide guidance on style (language conventions with respect to spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and typographic arrangement and display). You can create a style guide at the personal, department, or corporate level (depending… Continue Reading

The reader is always right!

The reader is always right!

I recently sent a document out for review; I had designed and created it to be a series of alphabetical listings. One reviewer asked for a table of contents. I couldn’t figure that out, as A, B, C, D seemed pretty easy to navigate to me. I asked her why she thought a TOC would… Continue Reading

Do I need a writing coach or an editor?

Do I need a writing coach or an editor?

Well, it depends…let’s define the two activities and you can decide! What a writing coach does A coach (who also may be called a tutor) assesses your skill level in a certain type of activity and helps you raise your performance to another level. For example, I have a business coach, Michael Sunnarborg, who helps… Continue Reading

Use this list to help you edit and write better

Use this list to help you edit and write better

As an editor, I have to do repetitive tasks in Microsoft® Word–just as you do. Over the years, I’ve built this list of keyboard shortcuts to help speed my typing while editing. Each shortcut saves time (and may lead to more sleep during editing and writing cycles 😊). Let me know if these keyboard shortcuts… Continue Reading

F.E.A.R.*

F.E.A.R.*

Several readers responded to my recent blog about not liking to write but liking to have written. To overcome writer’s block, I force myself to sit still and write for a block of time. I have become a voluntary prisoner again today, at least until I finish this blog post. I have recently become aware… Continue Reading

I get it: Being edited is hard on a writer’s ego

I get it: Being edited is hard on a writer’s ego

As a freelance editor, I spend a lot of time changing authors’ texts. That’s my job. It wasn’t until I experienced the editing process firsthand before publishing my book, Business Matters, that I truly realized what other authors may know: It’s hard on the ego to be edited. When I saw the edits, I didn’t… Continue Reading