A Glimpse Into the Work Process of a Copyeditor

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Some people seek the spotlight. Me? I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of person, which makes me particularly suited to be a copyeditor. I really enjoy helping people build and clarify ideas until they morph into a nicely structured, publishable piece.

I know that you’ve poured your heart into that document. Whether it’s a magazine article or sell sheet, you need that piece of writing to showcase who you, your products or services are. Copyeditors don’t take that lightly. With that in mind, my goal as a copyeditor is to make the document work for you as best as possible. Continue reading → A Glimpse Into the Work Process of a Copyeditor

A Glimpse Into the Work Process of a Content Writer

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What does a content writer do?

Ok, this one really is fairly self-explanatory. But, since I’ve committed to explaining a bit about my work process as a freelance content writer, I’m going to go ahead and expand on it.

A content writer writes … well … content. In my case, I specialize in blog posts, white papers, business marketing materials, web pages, training manuals, general interest and niche magazine articles (print and online), and quite a bit more. I was that university student who absolutely loved writing essays.

I loved essay writing because it’s a clearly structured format. As long as you stick to that structure, you can argue anything you’d like (backed up by logic, of course). Continue reading → A Glimpse Into the Work Process of a Content Writer

5 Creative Nonfiction Writing Tips

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True stories well told. Lee Gutkind

At some point in university, I read Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species. It was lyrical and riveting. Yes, you read that right. I’m talking about a scientific text published in 1859 … and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not what I’d call a cure for insomnia like so many of the dry, nonfiction texts I read throughout my school years. Have you ever wondered why history textbooks, so full of adventure, misfortune and the ideals on which countries were founded, tend to be written in fairly unimaginative language? Me, too. Well, I don’t have the answer. I do know, however, that it’s entirely possible to write about facts in an exciting style. There’s a reason why we enjoy reading fiction so much. So, in the interest of readability, I’ve pulled together five tips to help you make your nonfiction writing more engaging. Continue reading → 5 Creative Nonfiction Writing Tips