I fail to recall the date, which makes me cringe because I’m the sort of person who would like to celebrate the precise day. I recall only that it was mid-May. I know because my junior year of college had just ended. I was staring at a wide open summer. Ambitious me, I planned to read. A lot. Besides that, I wasn’t quite sure.
I sure didn’t dream of starting a business.
I was leaning against the column of the staircase in the living room of my childhood home, the one that holds up the second-story balcony, the same balcony that I used to drape myself over, a la Juliet. Telling my parents about this book I was editing for a friend and how maybe kinda sorta that would be fun to do as a business someday, in the far, far future. Y’know, when I had my degree and had my feet under me doing whatever I would do with that piece of paper.
“Why not now?” My mother said it somehow both flippantly, like I was perfectly capable, and seriously, as in, “Really, daughter, do it.”
You have a dream, too, don’t you?
Maybe your dream looks a lot like mine did: start a business, support yourself doing what you love. Maybe you dream of becoming an entrepreneur, or writing that book you’ve always wanted to hold in your hands. Maybe you’re afraid to even put your writing dream into words, lest it become real or even scarier than it is now, silent and tucked close to your soul.
Take it from me, putting that dream into words definitely makes it become real and scarier than when it is safely silent and tucked close to your soul. But, really, friend, do it.
On that May day five years ago now, I did what any self-respecting twenty-year-old woman would do: I obeyed my mother.
I sat down at her computer (because using my own laptop seemed too scary), and I started the business that would launch my entrepreneurial journey.
In the years since, I’ve worked with about fifty authors, writers, and bloggers who are intent on making their dream come true of publishing that book, blog post, etc . Writers are the reason I wrote Write Well.
If you’re a writer, that means I wrote this book for you. This short ebook is designed to teach you the structure of writing so that you can get back to the real work: actual writing! But if you’re looking for something even more bite-sized than the ebook…
I’ve designed this resource, a free proofreading checklist, below specifically for you, too.
- What would happen if you never structured a sentence incorrectly again? (Unless you did so intentionally because knowing the rules means you get to break them!)
- How would your communication with your reader improve if you wielded commas confidently every single time?
- Would your book or blog be better if you omitted all unnecessary words? (Spoiler alert: Yes!)
The free checklist below will equip you to do all of the above and more.
This proofreading checklist was birthed out of seven of the main points I cover in Write Well. Go ahead, I wouldn’t mind at all if you printed that puppy, laminated it, and pinned it above your desk. Because on the journey to seeing our dreams come true, we’re all learning how to communicate better by connecting with our reader, aren’t we?
Really, friend, do it.
Let’s write well,