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Where the Words Take Me Blog

I’ve finally done it, the one thing I’d never thought I’d do as a writer.

I’ve started a blog.

But not just any blog. A book review blog!

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God, I know. I’m so original. Honestly, though, I’m not sorry. I love books; I love what they teach me when I’m not writing, and I love the places they take me. Books are the one form of media that is a constant in my life no matter what, taking me to places I’ve never dreamed of going and inspiring my creativity in ways I’d never have fathomed on my own.

Plus, I have so much to say about them. Get ready.

I update the blog weekly, and many of my most current writing samples can be found there: https://wherethewordstakemeblog.wordpress.com/

 

Opinion: Why Self-Indulgence Can Be a Good Thing for Your Writing

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I was delighted when Elisa Doucette at Craft Your Content allowed me to write this piece, and I’ve been so thankful for the positive feedback I’ve gotten since from it. It turns out many writers believe in self-indulgence in their writing, too, and are tired of all this bizarre push-back against writing for…

Well, writing for yourself.

After all, writers are selfish creatures. We want to write the books and the content we wish to see in the world. We keep our audience in mind, true, but the passion and fulfillment that comes with enjoying writing is there for us and only us. It’s why we do what we do.

I approached this topic not only from a writer’s standpoint but also from being an avid reader and consumer of media, aka nerd culture.

So sit back, relax, and–dare I say–indulge: https://www.craftyourcontent.com/self-indulgence-good-for-writing/

Why Does It Take So Damn Long for My Editor to Edit My Article?

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When Elisa Doucette had this topic ready to go at Craft Your Content, I knew I had to be the one to take it on and pin it for the WWE World Heavy Weight Championship–YEEEEAAAAHHH!

Or you know, write about it and write it well.

After becoming an editor, I realized how much of a specialized skill it is to be able to get completely immersed in a text, know it backwards and forwards, and visibly detect ways to improve it in broad and narrow strokes. The task isn’t easy, and the eye for detail and revision one must have is extreme.

Too many people, however, think it takes a snap of the editor’s fingers and it’s done. That mindset couldn’t be further from the truth, so I wrote this post–with Elisa’s wonderful title intact–to demonstrate a writer’s impatient mindset and detail how time-consuming editing truly is.

You can read the post in full here: https://www.craftyourcontent.com/take-damn-long-editor-edit-article/

Learn Technique from a Greek: Where Modes of Persuasion Meet Content Creation

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As content writers, we’re always trying to figure out new ways to make our brands unique and gain more customers, whether it’s by assisting them with an answer to their problem or entertaining them with a story.

Did you know Aristotle has rhetorical techniques ready to go to help you with that? You’re probably using some now, and you don’t even realize it.

You can read all about which technique works best for you in my Craft Your Content post: https://www.craftyourcontent.com/modes-of-persuasion/

Aren’t you glad I paid attention in English class?

Content Writing: How To Edit a Friend’s Writing

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As a Content Writer at Craft Your Content, I was responsible for making monthly posts to CYC’s blog alongside our team of editors.

This post was an idea I had that Elisa Doucette approved and deals with the inevitable question an editor gets asked by their friends: will you edit my article/resume/book for me?

How do you answer this question? The better question might be should you edit their work? Is it worth the potential loss of friendship? Ultimately, the answer lies in what type of person your friend is. That alone will determine how you can help them, if it’s even possible.

If you’re an editor struggling with this question, see if my insight can help you. If you’re not an editor, it could be worthwhile for you to understand an editor’s mindset to make your pitch to your own editor friend more compelling in the future.

You can find it here: https://www.craftyourcontent.com/how-to-edit-a-friends-writing/

 

 

I Won NaNoWriMo 2017, Y’all!

I took part in NaNoWriMo–or National Novel Writing Month–in 2017, making this my third year to attempt to write 50,000 words in a month.

Well, I’m proud to say that this time, I DID IT! I’m still not done with my novel, but I am so much closer than I’ve ever been before, and that’s an amazing achievement. Now I just need to finish it, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, and start querying for an agent. I’m trying not to get too ahead of myself, but I can’t help but be excited.

If you’d like to learn how I did it, please check out my updates below:

Content Editing & Line Editing: Content Machine

My third ebook with Craft Your Content was Dan Norris’ Content Machine. I worked closely with Dan and the other editors at CYC to help make Dan’s book be the best it could be.

I was assigned to make content edits to the ebook, focusing on developing ideas, suggesting rewrites, and fixing issues with clarity, all while preserving Dan’s unique voice throughout the text. Once I suggested edits and sent them to Dan, he approved them and rewrote accordingly. After that, I moved on to line editing, concentrating on catching and improving the minute things, such as bland language, diction, odd transitions, and run-on sentences.

Some copyediting also occurred as I caught errors in punctuation, grammar, and consistency.

Content Machine is now available for purchase in ebook and paperback format.

Proofreading: The End of Jobs

One of my first jobs when I joined Elisa Doucette’s team at Craft Your Content was to tackle Taylor Pearson’s ebook, The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-5.

The Craft Your Content team had already undergone rigorous content and line editing for the ebook. My job was to oversee the final proofreads, catching any and all typos that the team had missed amongst all the editorial shifting and rewriting. Since the book had already been sent to the ebook editor, I compiled over a hundred typos and their corresponding page numbers in a Google Spreadsheet and sent it to the ebook editor for final corrections.

The End of Jobs is now available for purchase on Kindle and paperback.

Copyediting: Practical Python and OpenCV + Case Studies

While working for Elisa Doucette at Craft Your Content, I was assigned to perform first and second round copyedits to the majority of Adrian Rosebrock’s PyImageSearch course and ebook. I made line edits to Adrian’s prose and checked his coding, each being located on his WordPress. Any edits I wasn’t sure of making, I contacted the author directly for clarity and confirmation.

Practical Python and Open CV + Case Studies is now available for purchase alongside its corresponding PyImageSearch course.

Get Your Home Ready for Spring

I originally wrote this article for Snehta’s blog on March 14, 2014. Snehta has since rebranded itself into DataClover and removed the post. However, I wanted to include it as a sample of my writing.

Atlanta–This winter especially, it seems like the cold weather will not easily loosen its grip on us. But warmer weather is coming, if this week was any indication. No doubt your home–particularly those in the unprepared South–took some heavy hits with the amount of snowfall and ice it was forced to endure. We’ve compiled a brief spring maintenance checklist here to help you get started in the coming weeks.

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