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3 Tips for Self-Editing

by Mistina Picciano June 8, 2011 Editing

Even professional writers – from Margaret Atwood to Kurt Vonnegut – benefit from the expert guidance of an editor. The same holds true for anyone who puts pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – and represents either himself or his organization to the world. But what if you don’t have an editor handy? […]

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Do Your Documents Show Your Age?

by Mistina Picciano May 21, 2009 Editing

Back in the day, Ms. Nancy Duty taught me—and the rest of Bruceville-Eddy High school—to use two spaces at the end of every sentence and after colons. Most of us were learning to type on IBM Selectrics, although a few were using the newfangled electronic typewriters. (The previous year, my eighth-grade class had started to […]

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It’s. Embarrassing.

by Mistina Picciano March 21, 2009 Editing

Last week, I received an email from a blog I subscribe to, one I’ve always regarded as highly professional. That opinion dipped somewhat when I saw the headline misusing the word “it’s.” “5 Things [FORTUNE 50 COMPANY] is Doing to Improve It’s Image (That You Can Do, Too!)” These master marketers had mistakenly used the […]

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Brilliant Beginnings

by Mistina Picciano January 12, 2009 Books

As I write this, it’s January 12 – or January 13, depending on your geography. (Since I’m presently flying over Alaska toward Japan, I feel caught between dates.) Regardless, we’re darn close to the start of the New Year. New resolutions, new beginnings. For Mom and me, it’s the start of our latest adventure: three […]

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