Writing Advice And Location-Independent Living (Ep. 41)

James RansonHow do you take a long, sorta-ok paper and make it great?

Well, your writing should be good at first. After that, though, it’s all in the editing. In this episode, you’ll get some tips on editing your papers well from my friend James Ranson.

James has an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and he now works as a full-time freelance editor, taking book drafts and polishing them before they get published.

In addition, James also decided to try out location-independent living about five months ago, which means he lives on the road while working. If you’ve ever been curious about how someone can do this – especially on a small budget – James has a great perspective.

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Wondering where the Resources of the Week segment is? I’ve decided to use the 80/20 principle to enable myself to focus my attention completely on the things that matter, so I’ve trimmed it – but worry not, because you can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.

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  1. So this is without a doubt my favorite podcast of yours ever! I feel like it was made specifically for me. James’s formative years and path to choosing a major sound a lot like mine, and he’s doing very similar work to what I hope to do. I’ll reach out to him on Twitter, but do you think you could possibly introduce me? I think we would get along well, and I’d love to talk to him about working as a freelance writer.

    And beyond just how resonant James’s story was for me, you guys dropped some epic knowledge bombs in this episode. I can really relate to choosing my major because it is something I love and would do anyway. I wish more people would make decisions based on that thinking; I have too many friends in majors they’ve chosen just because the jobs they’ll (hopefully) get will (probably) make them lots of money, even though we both know they hate the subject and field. I also liked the insights about the publishing business and the recommendations of grammar/writing comics and Youtube channels that I hadn’t heard of. Looking forward to the Q&A next week.

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