Field Notes Blog

August 1, 2017
When Charlize Theron as Agent Lorraine Broughton kicks butt in the movie Atomic Blonde, she’s like some editors I’ve worked with – ruthless. The mission? Clean, accurate copy at all costs. I don’t want to make an editor work that hard, so I’m tough on myself before I turn in copy and follow a checklist.
July 10, 2017
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6 Ways That Real Writers Work Their Magic

As a writer, I've had people tell me, "Work your magic," as if I could wave a wand at my laptop to make the content appear instantly. In truth, there's nothing magical about writing. It takes patience, research, and the dogged pursuit of the information your customer may not think to tell you.
October 20, 2016
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Good Freelance Writers Are Professional about Edits

Nobody wants to work with a whiner or an “artiste.” When good freelance writers receive feedback, they're professional about it. Always.
October 6, 2016
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Good Freelance Writers Create Positive Experiences

What separates the really good freelance writers from the OK ones is professionalism and the desire to make every client/writer interaction a positive experience.
September 6, 2016
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Good Freelance Writers Help Clients Solve Problems

Good freelance writers wear the consultant hat. It's in our blood to offer suggestions, move a project along, and find ways to make life easier for the client.