Tag Archives: Editing

How to Defeat the Tyranny of Bad Grammar and Worse Sales

Happy North American patriotism week! With Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day, as well as an abundance of summer sunshine, I think we can all agree that the first week of July is a fantastic time to take a few days off. 🙂 With all of this patriotic vacationing going on, we decided to extend
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3 Ways to Hone the Skill that Can Advance Your Career as a Writer

There are writers. And then there are professional writers. Over my career as a writer and editor, I’ve noticed one key factor that enables writers to perform their craft professionally. I’ve said it before, so you won’t be surprised to hear: It’s the ability to self-edit. A strong self-editor doesn’t just show up to work;
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A Powerful Key to Prolific and Potent Writing

I’ve always found the goal of meeting a word count to be a bit silly. Some messages can be clearly communicated in 200 words and others need 2,000 words. But if you use 2,000 words when 200 words would perfectly suffice, your writing will likely feel excessive or even self-indulgent. That’s why I consider the
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7 Ways to Make Your Writing Personal (but Not Self-Indulgent)

I get a little nervous when I advise that you should write for a specific group of people and convey your perspective. Personal narratives can form connections with strangers almost magically, but self-indulgent writing has the opposite effect. It’s boring and a turn-off. The tricky part is that there’s a fine line between “personal” and
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A Dose of Radical Common Sense

You know how sometimes you see some advice that’s completely common sense, but somehow … it’s not at all what you’re doing right now? Yeah, me too. This week was about getting back to sensible solutions to business and content problems. They’re common sense, but, as my colleague Chris Garrett often says: “Common sense isn’t
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Struggling to Finish Your Blog Post? Try This Quick Editing Tip

Publishing content regularly — and striving to improve with each new creation — is a proven way to figure out how to serve your audience and meet your business goals. But I have other things to do besides writing content, and you do too. Recently, I had trouble finishing a draft of a post and
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Welcoming Our New Students to the Creative Foundations Course!

Aww, it warms my heart to see the wave of new students joining our Creative Content Foundations course. That’s a new class from Copyblogger, designed to give you the essentials that every content marketing “pro” needs — whether you’re creating content for your own business, for freelance clients, or in an organization. We’ve got a
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3 Fundamental Editorial Standards for Any Serious Publication

I’m a “go big or go home” kind of gal, and when it comes to content marketing today that translates to “have editorial standards or don’t publish.” If a reader, listener, or viewer begins to like you, but you fail to earn their trust, your hard work will feel like a waste. Editorial standards are
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Free Workshop *Today* on an Awesome New Content Tool

First things first: Brian Clark is co-hosting a free workshop today (in a few hours, at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time), all about getting started with chatbots. If you don’t know much about chatbots, or even think they might be weird or creepy, check out my post from Monday explaining why
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How I Learned to Love (Ruthless) Editing

I love editing. It is, by far, my most favorite part of writing. I love editing my own work, other people’s work, bad copy on my dentist’s website … Give me a rough draft with poor sentence structure and I’ll entertain myself for hours. Most writers seem to have a tenuous relationship with editing. And
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