Tag Archives: writing tips

  • How to Remember the Difference between Gorilla and Guerrilla

    By Michelle Hutchinson In the past few months, I’ve prepared several resumes for marketing professionals. When completing the questionnaire I use to gather the content for a resume, two clients wrote that they use gorilla marketing strategies. Unless they are trying to entice customers to buy apes, they are not using gorilla marketing techniques. The […]

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  • Discreet vs. Discrete: A Writer’s Trick for Remembering the Difference

    By Michelle Hutchinson Can you keep a secret? If so, people might view you as discreet, a word that means prudent, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature. If you’re writing a memoir, you can be discreet about less-than-admirable family members, friends, and contacts in your background […]

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  • What Writers Can Learn from a Tire Jack

    By Michelle Hutchinson If you’ve ever had to change a flat tire, you know what an annoying experience it can be. You get dirty, exert a lot of effort, and end up getting to your destination later than you expected. That’s the situation I recently faced when returning to my car after a cross-country flight. […]

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  • How to Self-Edit before Hiring an Editor

    By Michelle Hutchinson If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already understand why writers need editors. But if you self-edit before hiring an editor, your editor will have less work to do. That means her fee will be less, and you’ll save money. So what steps should you take to self-edit? 1. Make […]

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  • 8 Reasons to Hire an Editor

    By Michelle Hutchinson No matter how well you write, if you plan to self-publish your book or submit your manuscript to a literary agent or traditional publisher, you need an editor. Why? Because you’re too invested in your own writing to realize how others might interpret your words. Even editors hire editors to revise their […]

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  • How to Choose an Editor

    by Michelle Hutchinson If you’re serious about publishing your book, then you already know you need an editor. That applies whether you’re pursuing the traditional or self-publishing route. But how do you go about choosing an editor? 1. Ask fellow writers who they’ve used. Make sure you ask authors whose books you’ve read or authors […]

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  • Why Authors Should Request Sample Edits…and What to Expect from the Process

    by Michelle Hutchinson If you’re a self-published author or expect to become one, realize that that self-publishing does not mean you must perform every step in the publication process yourself. In fact, you shouldn’t. You’re too close to your writing to be objective with it, so hire an editor for revising and proofreading. But before […]

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  • What Gardening Can Teach Writers about Editing

    by Michelle Hutchinson I’m not much of a gardener, but I can’t stand seeing weeds in my lawn, especially the wild onions that stick up like cowlicks. Since I don’t like applying chemicals to my yard, I have taken to using the weed puller pictured to the left. I simply place the tines around the […]

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  • A Writing Lesson from Health Literacy Month

    by Michelle Hutchinson Image source: http://mrg.bz/7IcjTf Halloween might be October’s most well-known observance, but all of October is Health Literacy Month. What the heck is health literacy, you ask, and what does it have to do with writing? Just as literacy reflects your ability to not only read, but understand what you read, health literacy […]

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  • Common Application Essays Change for 2013-2014

    by Michelle Hutchinson Fall is the season for football, festivals, and fresh cider, but if you’re in high school and want to go to college, this is also the season for writing your application essays. Those of you with Type A personalities might have already submitted your applications, but if you’re a procrastinator, here’s what […]

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Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

I've never been one to follow conventional wisdom—at least when it doesn't make sense to me—and I'm not about to start now. Conventional wisdom says to limit your blog to one topic (e.g., writing) or to related topics (e.g., writing, reading, publishing), but my interests are too diverse.

While a good deal of this blog will be devoted to writing, editing, and resumes, I'll also explore topics in health, science, education, and a smattering of other areas. After all, I'm not only an editor and writer, but I am or have been a dentist, teacher, naval officer, environmental researcher, wife, parent, and pet owner.

I hope you'll take some time to provide comments on the posts.

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