I recently received an email from someone who is new to editing and wants to start freelancing. They were hoping I could provide some advice – and you know me; I love sharing what I’ve learned (and learning new things from others, too!).

A professional freelance editor's response to the question, "how can I become an editor?"

The question:

I am just wondering if you would be willing to provide some guidance to a newbie in the freelance editing field. Where would you suggest I might start out looking for editing work?

My answer:

Congratulations on your shift into freelancing! As far as where you should start,

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NaNoWriMo has come and gone, but if you’re still looking for inspiration for your writing, look no further! These five tips for getting inspired to write will help you come up with new story ideas (or refresh a current story you’re working on):

5 tips for getting inspired

1) Get outside for some fresh air. Take a little notebook and a camera with you and get outside for a walk. Snap a photo of anything you see which is pretty, interesting, or captivates you in some way. Stop to sit down at a bench and jot down ideas or passages as they come to you.

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Normally I’m not a “holiday gift list” kind of blogger—I always get a kick out of seeing them on other people’s blogs, but it’s generally just not my thing. However, I have recently come across a number of really cool things and had to share them, along with some classic gift ideas. Get them for a person in your life who loves to read and / or write—or pick them up as a special treat for yourself!

gifts for the writers and readers in your life

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Writing is a skill we can always get better at – and practice is something that definitely helps improve our skill! Here are a few tips for how to practice writing to improve your skills at it:

  • Try writing for a genre or in a style you have never done before. If you generally write fiction, try non-fiction. If you usually write horror, try romance. If you prefer writing for adults, try writing for children. If you are usually all about writing descriptions, try writing a screenplay. Mix it up and try something totally new to get out of your comfort zone.

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner! The fun begins on November 1st, and the idea is to write a 50,000-word novel over the course of one month.

I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this past July (read all about my experience with Camp NaNoWriMo by clicking here), and I’m looking forward to participating in NaNoWriMo next month. Of course, if you’re going to write a draft of a novel in the space of one month, it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

Here are my tips for preparing for NaNoWriMo:
1) Decide ahead of time what you want to write about.
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It’s back-to-school season – and that means that it’s time to start doing a whole bunch of writing and note-taking during class! I mastered the art of note-taking when I was in university, and now that part of my work includes professional transcribing and note-taking, I’ve really managed to cultivate the skill. These tips for writing notes are essential for any university or college student.

If you or someone you know is heading back to class this semester, here are some tips for effective note-taking:

  • Summarize the main points. The point of university is to learn,

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This is a question that I’m seeing all over the place these days. Should I write several drafts and get friends and family to read my book and ask an editor to just review the final copy? Should I work with an editor right from the beginning stages? Can I show my book to an editor after the first draft?

These are all really great questions, and they are important to think about when you are writing a book! If you’re wondering about this, here are some questions you should ask yourself and some points to take into consideration which might help you out:

  • How much direction and planning have you already conducted for your book?

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My first time trying NaNoWriMo last year was a complete failure.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it is held every November. The idea is that you write a 50,000-word novel in the space of one month. An ambitious, yet exciting, prospect, to be sure!

So last November I tried it for the first time. My grand total for the month was a dismal 1,100 words. Ouch.

But then I happened to discover, midway through June this summer, that there is something called Camp NaNoWriMo which takes place every April and July.

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Writers, or content creators, might be just the thing you need to enhance your business and to best market your business to your target audiences. Here’s the background you need on why hiring a professional writer could be one of your best decisions.

Why does writing matter?

Just like with editing, having high-quality writing can make or break your business. High-quality writing is important for the following reasons:

  • It provides your business (and therefore your products / services) with additional credibility.
  • It shows how fantastic you and your business are,

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So you have written a manuscript, copy for your website, children’s book, promotional or professional material, newsletter, or just about any other document you can think of – and someone tells you that you should get it edited. But why? Why does editing matter, and what does an editor do?

Why does editing matter?

Editing can make a huge difference to your work! By getting your materials professionally edited, you will be able to ensure that:

  • Your writing is cleaner and more concise, without losing the voice and tone of the piece.

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