17 ‘Word Crimes’ That Make Your Editor Cry (With a Little Fun Finger-Shaming From Weird Al)
It’s four years later and we still can’t get enough of Weird Al’s “Word Crimes.” It’s such a compact, word-nerdy review of the basic writing mistakes that we’ve indexed 17 key points to help you recap.
Keep Your Brain Sharp: 5 Apps for Word Nerds and Smarty Pants
Whether you prefer challenging bots or friends, take a break with one of our favorite word game apps for word nerds.
After Copy Editing: 4 Fool-Proof Tips for Proofreaders
Proofing and copy editing are different tasks, but in a field where people are expected to wear many hats, the two terms are conflated. Think of copy editing as the step before proofing, but follow these four key tips to be a better proofreader.
Managing Tips for Managing Editors
Whether you’re the editor for a high-volume site online or a supermarket glossy, you’re putting in hours of writing, editing, emailing, and organizing during the weeks prior to publication. Here are tips to stay on track (or to forward to an editor who might be way off track).
On Deadline: A Freelancer’s Guide to Turn Everything in on Time
You’re not just a freelancer – you’re a business owner who has to handle invoicing, customer service, marketing and a million other non-writing responsibilities. These tips and tools will help you stay on track to negotiate and meet deadlines for all your clients.
How to Blend Your Voice With a Brand’s Voice
Excellent writers can write for anyone, but finding the middle ground where your voice suits the voice of your client can be tough. Writer Chels Knorr, who’s worked with many name brands, shares her tips on striking the right tone and balance for any client.
Don’t Edit Your Own Work (But Double-Check These 9 Things Before You Press Send)
It’s the rule: Don’t edit your own work. This doesn’t get your out of the responsibility of being both the first and last eyes on your piece though. Catch the fly balls, so your editor can worry about the trickier plays. Double-check these nine things before you click submit.
A Little Refresher on the Complexity of Adverbs (and When Not to Use Them)
Adverbs. Love ’em or hate ’em, they can be the gateway to bad writing if you don’t use them appropriately. Take a little refresher on this oft-maligned part of speech.
Freelancer Brain Food to Get Your Creativity Flowing: Work Hard. Keep Snacks Nearby.
Freelancers who have laser-like focus have some tricks up their sleeve; one being proper nutrition. The concept of “brain food” is no myth. In fact, it’s been studied and supported for years by numerous universities. Here are three go-to snacks to cultivate ultimate brain function, and three prompts to get your creativity flowing.
Freelancer Bootcamp: 7 Tips to Jump-Start Your Creative Process (and Avoid Hitting the Big White Wall of Writer’s Block)
The wall. The big white wall… of your computer screen. When you hit it, you have to hit back. Buck up and be the master of jump-starting your own creative process. Here are a full-time freelancer’s actionable tips to keep yourself from slipping into the void of writer’s block.
Rules of Maintenance: The Writer-Editor Relationship
With the rise of freelance writing as an essential component in content marketing and publishing, so has come a swell of new relationships between editors, managers and freelance writers. But not all of them are the best they can be. Here are some tips about how to build and maintain the delicate but essential writer-editor relationship.