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For Manuscript Preparation, Consistency is King

Both in my work at The Worcester Reviewand as a freelance book designer, I regularly receive manuscripts for publication that require serious attention before they can even be imported into InDesign for layout, not because they’re poorly written, but because they are full of sloppy formatting.
December 30, 2014 | Diane Mulligan

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To Read Like A Writer, Use Your Ears


When I worked in my college’s writing center, mentors were trained to begin each session by giving students the choice of either reading their essays aloud to us or of listening to us read aloud to them.


I’m sure you can imagine the nervous reaction of a first-year student when she realizes that instead of having someone proofread and edit her essay for her, she’s actually going to have to hear her words, out loud, in the presence of another human being

December 1, 2014 | Diane Mulligan

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Writer's Mind, Beginner's Mind

Coworkers and acquaintances are always asking me if I’m still writing or if I’m working on anything new. These kind people are not writers. If they were, they would understand that, as a writer, I am always writing. I can no more stop writing than my dog can stop chasing sticks. I don’t say this to them, of course. To them, I smile and say, “Every day.”

August 6, 2014 | Diane Mulligan

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