Coaching nonfiction writing .... And that's the truth.
Writing. Putting good words after other good words, stringing them into sentences and paragraphs. Like that. As a friend says, wrestling words to the ground.
I am an extrovert in an introvert’s profession. So I teach writing. Besides, you cannot teach what you do not practice. I am forever practicing writing.
Writing is my hobby, my passion, my profession. I care which words come first and whether readers understand easily.
Today writers often call themselves content creators and copy architects. You could call me that, too, though I prefer the more straightforward writer.
Many writers immerse themselves in narrow subject areas. They become experts, writing long articles, turning them into books, even lecturing. My career hasn’t gone that way.
I have written about healthcare, solar energy, skiing, architecture, electrical engineering, soup, employee benefits and more. Everything I write about, I need to learn about first. So I have chosen not to specialize. Well, not in a topic, anyway.
I specialize in writing. Any topic, any time, for anyone who wants something written. My specialty is putting words together, one after another, until they tell the proper story.
I have been writing nonfiction since contributing to my junior-high- and high-school newspapers. When I entered the University of Pennsylvania, the men’s daily thrived and the women’s weekly trickled along. Early in my sophomore year, Penn allowed women to join the Daily Pennsylvanian (DP). I was one of the first 9 women to join and the only one to stay through graduation.
A writing career was born. A full-time, self-employed freelance writer and editor, I have written websites, e-newsletters, annual reports, training manuals, corporate histories and more. My byline has appeared 150 times in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in more than 100 other periodicals.
The majority of my writing has been for people (and their employers) who can’t easily write what they think, or are in too big a hurry to write it right, or who have created state-of-the art technological or medical material that non-techies need to understand.
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