Why Punctuation Matters

When we talk about writing, we often think only about words.

But the more I write, the more I realize that punctuation…it’s huge.

It determines how your words are read, understood, and interpreted.

I’m not talking about proper grammar, either. I don’t care so much about that.

This is a conversation about how punctuation influences the style and voice of your writing. Let me illustrate with an example:

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My Daily Writing Routine

Several readers have asked about my daily writing routine, so today, I wanted to share it with you.
Now, keep in mind that just because this routine works for me, it doesn’t mean it’s going to for you.
Sometimes I see these types of posts and it gives off the impression you have to mirror another person’s routine to achieve the same results. Not so.

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Messaging Strategy Document: What It Is and Why You Need One

Writing anything is difficult when you don’t have clear direction.
If you don’t know whom you’re writing for (or how the writing voice should sound, what your goals are, etc.) you’re kind of just winging it every time.

But successful writing doesn't ever "wing it." It's strategic, clear, and powerful.
That’s where a messaging strategy document comes in handy. I recently put one of these together, which is why it’s fresh in my mind.

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Oops! I messed up. Now what?

Freelance writers make mistakes from time to time. We’re all human. It happens.
Maybe you forgot about part of an assignment. Maybe you missed a deadline. Maybe you embarrassed a client without even realizing it.
Regardless of the scope of the damage, there’s definitely a wrong and a right way to go about resolving an issue with a client. So let’s talk about how to do that.

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Introducing: Coaching!

When I was getting started with my own freelance writing business, I wanted those questions answered, too. The trouble was: I had no one to ask.

I tried different courses and eBooks, but my issue was that nothing felt like it was exactly suited for what I was doing. There was a lot of generalized information to learn from, but what about my questions? I just wanted someone to talk to that could help me find my way and share what they’d learned, too.

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