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Send It When You’ve Thought Yourself Stupid

We get a lot of inquiries and questions about the writing and editing process from clients and colleagues. Which works GREAT for the people asking the questions, not so much for the rest of you who could probably use the answers. Occasionally, we’ll be posting our responses here in Ask Us Anything. It’s your chance to pick our minds – for free! 

One of our first and favorite clients is Taylor Pearson, best-selling author of the book The End of Jobs and his own site, TaylorPearson.me. Taylor writes brilliant essays (ok, we’re biased) and they take some serious thought and time on his part.

So he asked us early on: “How do I know when a draft is ready to be sent to the editor?”

My response was simple:

Send it when you’ve thought yourself stupid.

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Poornima Vijayashanker

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #31 With Poornima Vijayashanker

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Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer.com, an education tech startup focused on helping professionals in tech level up in their careers, and tech entrepreneurs build products and companies.

From a young age, Poornima was interested in many fields, not only on computers, software, and programming. She took apart her first computer at age of 14, and was writing histories and speaking since she tried her mother’s typewriter at age of 10. She has found a fantastic way to combine all of her skills and interests to create unique products and messages. She graduated with dual degrees in electrical engineer and computer science, but she is also a writer and and active YouTuber,  to communicate her experiences and motivate others to pursue tech, learning and entrepreneurship.

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Sad Comma Is Sad: End Comma Abuse Now!

“Do I… put a comma here? Did I do it before? No, wait, crap.”

Odds are, someone somewhere is looking over a piece of writing and wondering about the mystery of commas. Or wishing they could kill them with fire.

People tend to misuse commas the way they misuse body spray: it’s either too much or not enough. Worse still, people tend to notice both, and their first reaction is to get away from the offending party as soon as possible, even if said party is the nicest person or has the most well-crafted argument on the planet.

But when something stinks, it stinks, and nothing short of a purge–of either the showering or editing variety–can salvage the situation.Continue reading

A Word Journal May Be the Best-Kept Secret Weapon in Your Vocabulary Arsenal

“Plethora” is one of my favorite words.

I know what you’re thinking. What kind of random awkward human being has favorite words?

When I was a teenager, I knew that I was falling in love fast. Sure, with my adorable high school boyfriend, but also with the sexy and seductive allure of words and language.

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