Hello all! Finals are finally over, meaning that Blogmas is going to get right back on schedule!
My hope with this video is to help even people who aren’t writers become better at written communication—especially since it’s important for every career field!
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Hi guys! Sorry I missed my blogmas post yesterday—finals week is super hectic! But I’m back today with another writing-related post for both fiction and nonfiction writers and authors: here’s what your editor does not want to see.
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Hey guys! It is officially finals week at my university and I am so pumped for this semester to finally be over. Despite the fact that the last four months have been super boring thanks to useless classes that barely challenged me, I did get something good out of this semester: my teachers recommended some pretty great books to me, and I’m excited to share them all in several mini-reviews!
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Throughout my experience as a pretty successful freelance writer and blogger, I’ve gotten a ton of questions from you guys asking what I do and how I got here, and since I’ve been doing it for a year now, I figured I have some credentials to finally answer them.
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“The chapters in this book are a blueprint of how I went from receptionist to business owner in less than seven years and how you can too. Read it. Own it. Take action.”
–Nicole Smartt, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work
With cute, quirky headings and a blog-esque writing style, it’s no wonder this memoir-slash-career prep book became an Amazon bestseller. It’s a quick read (it only took me about an hour to get through the whole thing), but it’s full of information and an inspirational story. It’s kind of like reading all of the pins on your Career-Prep Pinterest board all at once—it’s full of real-life advice, and Nicole’s story is total motivation to get out there and start working on your career ASAP!
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Whether you’re a work-at-home mom who’s looking for a little more organization in your life, or a college student looking to be a little more productive when not in the library, these are the most vital at-home desk essentials for productive study sessions and effective work habits.
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From editorials with no paragraph breaks to sentences with no verbs, there are a lot of writing mistakes that an editor can fix.
We’ll do all we can to help your writing. We can add punctuation, chapter breaks, and helping verbs; we can fix your grammar and correct your spelling—but there’s one feature of writing that we editors can’t (and won’t) fix for you.
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There is nothing worse than reading a book or a screenplay that is obviously subpar. They seem like amateur mistakes, but even professional authors and playwrights are guilty of lethargy in their writing. Signs of a lazy author come through in narration, format, and theme, sometimes late in careers and sometimes from the start, but regardless, they are huge turn offs for readers and critics. Low ratings on my GoodReads are likely due to these pet peeves of mine that all writers – novice and established – should avoid at all costs:
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…or so says the Newseum, a museum showing the triumphs (and pitfalls) of the journalism industry, from print papers to photos, with the goal of defending the First Amendment (notably, freedom of press) across the country and around the world.
I recently visited this D.C. museum with my boyfriend, and, needless to say, my trip was one to remember.
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