I Have My Own Style Guide. Do I Still Need An Editor?

I Have My Own Style Guide. Do I Still Need An Editor?

It’s helpful for a writer to have their own style guide. So if you own The Chicago Manual of Style, you may think that’s all you need. After all, you are now in possession of THE information source the pros use. What could go wrong? Here’s the thing: a style guide is one tool in the toolbox. There are dictionaries, grammar guides, continually updated language usage guides . . .

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10 Easy Things You Can Do For Yourself

10 Easy Things You Can Do For Yourself

If you want improve how you look and feel but also need a saner, more manageable plan or at least a short self-improvement list, this is your episode. Plus, eight out of ten items on our list will take less than ten minutes of your time, and the longest commitment we’ve included is getting a good night’s sleep.

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Writing: The More You Know

Writing: The More You Know

Between personal blogs and YouTube, there is a wealth of information that I ate up as quickly as possible. Whatever your journey is find people who have come before you and study them. For those writers out there here is a link to one of Brandon Sanderson’s college course he teaches at BYU. They are super informative. Hope you enjoy them.  

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Things People Believe That Just Aren’t True!

Things People Believe That Just Aren’t True!

Congratulations you are probably living a lie. Well, not a complete lie but there are still plenty of things people believe that just aren’t true. We’re not talking about really big or important things. In fact, most of the myths we’re debunking in this episode don’t rise to the level of conspiracy or political outrage. Still, you may have to revise some of the ways in which you view your world as we unveil twenty-one things people believe that just aren’t true.

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Why a Zombie Outbreak Will Disappoint

Why a Zombie Outbreak Will Disappoint

There is just something exciting about the thought of a zombie outbreak. Maybe it’s getting back to basics and the opportunity to sweep away the stresses and responsibilities of the modern world. Maybe, as humans, we just like the sport of killing things. Either way, in this modern and zombie educated world, a zombie outbreak will probably disappoint and here’s why.

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DNA Testing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

DNA Testing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Those commercial DNA tests are all the rage with more than 12 million people taking on last year alone. In this age of self-help, self-understanding, and introspection, unveiling the mysteries of our genealogy is exciting and interesting. But there is a darker side too.

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Are Editors Really as Mean as They Look?

Are Editors Really as Mean as They Look?

The one thing I can tell you for certain is that most editors are NOT mean to their clients. I know I’m not, and I know a fair number of editors who take great pains to say what they need to in a way that won’t offend or upset their writers, even when hard truths need to be addressed.

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