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You’re More than just a Copywriter

May 22, 2024

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I’m a writer, I usually get a bit of a reaction.

“Wow, really?” or “That’s so cool,” have both been heard many times. There’s always an element of surprise, and it makes me wonder what people think I really do.

Do they imagine me sitting at my desk, typing away, words just flying from my brain to the screen?

That may be what’s happening right now, but in reality, that is just not what being a writer is all about.

I’ve said it...

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The Ins and Outs of Journaling

April 24, 2024

I’m a professional writer because I love to write. This passion began for me when my handwriting was still impossible to decipher. Before keeping a formal journal, it was all about writing long letters home while I was at sleep away camp. I’d keep travel journals too, and at some point had an assortment of notebooks each with a few pages of journaling among my doodles and games of tic-tac-toe and CMASH (children of the 80-90’s you know what I’m talking about.)

My first serious journal was a...

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What Exactly is an Oxymoron?

March 20, 2024

I love pointing out the existence of this part of speech, though I’m not going to lie and say for years I confused an oxymoron with a redundancy. Those phrases really kill me too.

An oxymoron is an actual figure of speech, where two contradictory terms, based on their definitions, are put together. A big one that’s everywhere today is #humblebrag. There’s nothing humble about talking yourself up.

People who use oxymorons should know they’re not making any sense, so why does nobody say...

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My Favorite Books of 2023

February 21, 2024

As has become my own little tradition, at the start of each new year, I take a look back at all the books I read in the previous year and highlight my favorites. This is a fun way for me to think about what I enjoyed reading over the last 12 months as well as where I want to take my reading list going forward.

In 2023, I read 45 books. My average book length was 363 pages. According to my Goodreads account, I mostly liked everything I read throughout the year although there were definitely...

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Should Copy Editing Include Content Editing?

November 15, 2023

There are a lot of terms for the person responsible for editing another person’s content. You can be a Copy Editor, a Proofreader, a Content Editor, a Managing Editor. Sometimes even a plain old Editor edits the copy. What gets confusing to me, when there are so many titles that encompass a few specific tasks, is what they really mean across the board.

If my definition of the term is different than yours, there’s a chance expectations won’t get met. On the flip side, this miscommunication...

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