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The First Step to Better Editing

I am constantly surprised by professionals who are tentative about editing someone else’s work, particularly when it’s their job to make the communication as effective as possible.

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Start Writing a Story with “I am __here_____”

Sometimes writers overthink story beginnings, when the more important thing to do is start writing (because you can always revise). The following sentence pattern is an easy way to start any story and get you writing. “I am ______place where you are________.” I use...

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Recap: Let’s Practice Interviewing and Writing

The purpose of this recent meetup was to hone our interviewing skills, so that we could generate raw material for stories, articles, blogs, etc., by talking to other people. We started right away with a writing exercise. Everyone was paired up with another group...

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