Here’s a Smart Tip for all writers, editors, and professors: Over the past year I have enjoyed a monthly e-newsletter called Ease in Writing: Writing Tips from Full Circle Communications. I think you’d like it, too.
It’s smart, focused, and free.
Paula Tarnapol Whitacre is a professional editor/writer, whose clients have sent her around the US and the world to attend meetings, gather research, and write or edit. Each month her newsletter is to-the-point, clever, and timely.
In one issue called “May I Quote You?” she raises the question, “How can you use those great quotes you dutifully wrote down?” Her answer, “Sparingly.”
She does add a bit more on quotes, and, as always, it’s in her style of giving you essential info . . . sparingly.
In another newsletter (“How Long Will It Take to Edit?”), Paula gives us the answers that she gained when she asked several professional editors how long it takes them to edit a project and how they figure their estimates. Just as importantly, she describes different levels of editing.
Ease in Writing is a great model for a newsletter, and Paula is a marvelous example for writers. She describes herself as a “creative, deadline-adhering writer and editor.” Not only does she honor deadlines for work she does for pay, but she also meets her monthly deadline for sending out her free newsletter.
If you’re not subscribed to Paula’s Ease in Writing newsletter, go ahead. Try it.
Email Paula Tarnapol Whitacre at or go to her website (http://www.fullcircle.org) and sign up there.
How are you doing with your deadlines this month? I hope you are having ease in your writing.
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach