Nancy Birn Struckman has worked as an editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, including as a managing editor for a local newspaper. She is currently the manager of Editing for Style, LLC, where she also edits books and monthly blogs, and enjoys working with graduate students on formatting and proofreading their dissertations, […]
Readers agree that effective writing proceeds in some sensible order with each sentence following naturally from the one before it. We generally call that “coherence” or the sense that the material is unified. When the material doesn’t feel connected or “whole,” the reader might comment that the organization is “jumpy” or “doesn’t flow […]
“I’m not a writer. I don’t want to become a writer. I just want to finish this document. Could you wordsmith it for me?” I hear this, or something like it, all the time at work. If someone really has to put some words down, they follow up with, “I can’t write. I have writer’s […]
You don’t have to write alone!
Recently I found myself re-reading Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. While King writes with a delightful irreverence, he offers a very grounded, no-nonsense perspective about writing. As I read this time, I noticed a recurrent theme that King writes within a deliberate community of other writers.