Since I mostly blog about writing and self-improvement, I thought a good way to segue some of my other literary interests would be a post series about what I’m reading and how it ties into larger, personal themes concerning my life and writing. This week I’ve finished reading the unabridged version of Moby-Dick. I’m not… Continue reading What Moby-Dick Taught Me About Failure
We’ve come to the end of our four-part post series, and we’re wrapping up this week with a short, special section dedicated to the treatment of block quotations. As a general rule of thumb, the different between a long run-in quotation and block quotation depends on your style guide or house style as dictated by… Continue reading Academic Citations for Beginners, Part Four: Block Quotations
There’s a lot of confusion around what constitutes a “Works Cited” or “References” page and a bibliography. Here’s a tip to keep them straight: a works cited page only references citations that are specifically mentioned in a text. A bibliography includes all works that went into the research and production of the work. For example,… Continue reading Academic Citations for Beginners, Part Three: Works Cited vs. Bibliography
Hi everybody! Some exciting news, my colleague Lisa Ratzlaff from Faces from the Neighborhood, a blog about local businesses in Portland, Oregon, just wrote a really nice profile about me and my editing work. Feel free to check it out here before we dive into works cited pages and bibliographies next week!
Last week we discussed the difference a style guide makes in assisting the writing process, and the importance of adhering to a consistent style. This week we will be focusing on a small aspect of referencing other scholarly works in your own writing: in-text citation. Typically, all in-text citation follows the “author-date” system, meaning that… Continue reading Academic Citations for Beginners, Part Two: In-Text Citations
Citing sources in scholarly articles can be confusing the first time around, especially if there is little to no training involved. However, with some practice it can become second nature. These next four weeks I am doing a post series as a very basic guide to academic citation using a style guide. In this first… Continue reading Academic Citations for Beginners, Part One: Understanding Style Guides
I’ve just come back from the 2017 NEMLA conference in Baltimore, and let me just tell you, it’s been a whirlwind. As an introvert, just being around or talking to that many people at once can get overstimulating real fast. There were times when I just wanted to hole up in my hotel room for… Continue reading An Introvert’s Guide to Making the Most of Conferences
This week I am guest posting on "The Research Whisperer" on how academic writers can incorporate non-traditional sources in their writing practice. It's been a lot of fun collaborating with these folks, be sure to check it out here.
Stuck on revisions? Overthinking your draft? These books will help you get out of that rewriting slump that happens every to even the most experienced writers. Likewise, if you’re new to the craft and need some expert guidance apart from majoring in creative writing, these books are for you. Each of these has something to… Continue reading Three Books That Will Take Your Writing to the Next Level
Being your own boss is tough sometimes. When I first launched my editorial business, I had to struggle with keeping a regular schedule and set goals for every week. I didn’t have a supervisor who could tell me what I needed to do every Monday morning, because that person was, well, me. I had to… Continue reading Why You Need an Accountabili-buddy