Hi! I'm Amanda.
I'm a wife and work-at-home mom who loves to help authors, bloggers, and other writers edit and proofread their work. Click here learn more about working with me.
I'm also in a season of learning to more intentionally connect in several key areas of my life. I'd love for you to join me on my blog, so we can learn from and encourage each other along the way! You can also subscribe here.
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Our brains love to trick us into overlooking mistakes in our writing. This primarily happens because we already know what we mean to say. Our brains are simply trying to help us save a little time, so they anticipate the words and feed us what we know should be there rather than carefully reading the words on the page. Therefore, when self-editing or proofreading, we must break our brains out of their ruts!
Today I’ll be sharing several ways to do just that. Each of these ideas involves changing your approach to what you’ve written.
Typos can communicate the exact opposite of what we’re trying to say, or even scare away the audience we’re trying to reach.
I’m guessing you don’t want your audience to value—and share—your content primarily for comic relief, so today I’m starting a series called Minimize Mistakes to Maximize Your Message. In these next few posts, I’ll give you some tips for publishing content that boosts rather than undermines your credibility.
Part of me can hardly believe winter is nearly over. I feel like I just wrote fall’s reflection, and it’s already time for winter’s. Of course, the other part of me is just as desperate for spring as I always am by the end of February.
Anyway, ready or not, here it is: a few of the things I learned this winter.
Is it okay for white people to celebrate Black History Month? Feel free to laugh or shake your head, but I wondered this for years. Maybe you have too.
I’m sitting on my couch next to our (electric) fireplace. The windows beside me are drafty, but I’m cozy under a blanket. Ah, winter.
As I mentioned in my Christmas book post, I love seasonal books. They feel especially valuable in winter when the weather can be a little dreary and we can get a little stir-crazy. Winter picture books can help our families focus on what’s cozy and special about this time of year.
There was a time when life was so overwhelming that it left me exhausted and unfulfilled. There were so many days when I felt like I was running around from one thing to another, but by the end of the day, it didn't feel like I had actually accomplished anything. Have you been there? Those days when you never stopped moving and doing but the mountain of work didn't get any smaller?
Nearly a year ago, I sensed “brave” should be my word for 2018. It felt like a daunting choice then, and truth be told, admitting it to you here still feels a bit scary, a little too vulnerable.
I certainly haven’t mastered bravery.
But when I take off my self-critical glasses, I see that I have grown in bravery this year. I took some important steps forward. I sidled up to decisions that made me uncomfortable, even fearful, and chose to do them anyway.
A couple years ago, I started storing our Christmas books with the lights and garland. Unpacking these books we haven’t seen since last year always feels like a reunion with dear friends. It’s one of our traditions that makes the season feel extra special.
Autumn is nearly over. The air outside is damp with the smell of the leaves beginning their return to the soil.
Just a few days ago, these bright orange leaves stopped me in my tracks. I didn't have long to pause, but I didn't want to miss this part of fall's slow finale.
I found myself returning to this snapshot yesterday as I pondered my next right thing. If you’ve been paying attention here, you might not be surprised to learn this happened while I listened to Emily P. Freeman’s latest podcast episode, Look Back – How Reflection Can Help You Make Better Decisions.
Although, I'm getting better at setting goals and working toward them, I'm still not great about regularly and intentionally pausing to consider where I've been and what I've learned there.
I want to change that.