Crumbs. Jam it. Holy Canasta! So, I had to unlearn some words when I moved back to Kentucky from Boston (with a detour through Germany). The culture around swearing in… Read More »On Swears and Other Polarizing Language: Building Better Word Habits
It’s academic job application season again, and horror stories are coming in from applicants who are new to the process and missed something important. Typos and other mistakes happen to… Read More »Avoid the Big Oops Feeling When Applying for Academic Jobs
How do you decide what goes in a book or essay? You’ve been writing, but now it’s time to impose some sort of order on your personal stories. Narrative frames… Read More »Six Narrative Frames for Memoir and Personal Essays
Writing can be a process of discovery. Explore pivotal moments in your personal story with these writing prompts. Write a list of situations in which your oldest friend would know… Read More »Getting Started: 5 Prompts for Writing About Your Life
This exercise draws on a visualization similar to lovingkindness meditation to help you tap into your authentic voice. You’ll need an essay or chapter from your memoir, and a device… Read More »Writing Meditation: Visualize Your Audience, Connect with Your Voice
You have some control over the prices that you are offered for editing services. Here are some ways to lower costs: Start Early Start your search for an editor before… Read More »How can I keep costs down and still work with a professional editor?
Reduce errors in your writing with these strategies: Ask a friend or colleague to look your document over. Research shows that we start to overlook errors in our own writing… Read More »How can I correct mistakes and typos in my own writing?