Author Archives: PurplePenning

About PurplePenning

Dawn McIlvain Stahl has been kindly bringing style and order to writing for more than 15 years. She provides editorial services for individuals and organizations — editing and proofreading books, articles, reports, websites, and social media. Stahl keeps one finger on the pulse of current editing, language, and publishing news. Catch the beat of that pulse by following her on Twitter and across the web @PurplePenning.

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Perhaps the cobbler’s kids won’t run around barefoot at #EFACon16… Continue reading

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Google+ Business Page

Continuing my love-hate-irrelevant relationship with Google+ by setting up a business page. I’ll be completely honest about the primary reason for it: the ability to push content there using a third party app. I live out of Buffer, scheduling relevant posts … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for the Cheekiness of Old Words

Awesome old word voted most likely to be used (in good humor!) of a relative this Thanksgiving — PASTINACEOUS: adj., looking all parsnip-like Continue reading

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Firstable, secondable, should of, would of, could of

It’s #WorldKindnessDay today. So “firstable,” I’m going to refrain from ranting or ridiculing. I rarely rant … on my blog … and genuinely try to never ridicule. My aim, as always, is to kindly bring style and order to the world of writing. Continue reading

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#WorldStrokeDay meets #NationalCatDay

#NationalCatDay is full of squee, but #WorldStrokeDay can save a life.* And now, thanks to the wealth of cat pics on the Internet and the half-hour I stole from other projects, you don’t have to choose between the two. Do … Continue reading

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Another editor confession

I have another confession to make. Yes, I’m a professional editor. Yes, I’m paid to make sure writing makes sense and matches a certain standard and style. But … a little wordtastic awesomesauce never hurt anyone. 😉 From my latest … Continue reading

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The one thing that makes a dream impossible …

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More on Those Top 3 Lessons from Freelance Failure

Whenever I speak to new freelancers or students about freelance editing as a career, I talk a little about the path I’ve taken. Editors come to their careers from many paths (see?). Mine included an early, spectacularly failed stint of … Continue reading

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A Few Resources of a Freelance Editor

Shout-out to University of Illinois Journalism 421. These links are far more clickable than those on the paper handout. 😉 Essential, Daily Tools Desktop or laptop with Word+ (Editor’s Toolkit Plus, PerfectIt, Office Tabs, custom macros); also: iPad with Pages … Continue reading

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Business cards are a tough business …

If any of the three sites I tried had been working properly, I’d have shiny new business cards in hand and ready to distribute to my fellow Vegas-bound ACES conference goers. But alas. Here are the last of the four … Continue reading

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If I’m not here, I must be somewhere else!

You’ve found the blogging space of Dawn McIlvain Stahl. Sorry to disappoint, but I haven’t time to do it justice right now! I’m a professional freelance copyeditor and writer with many interests. Exceptions: calculus, catheters, and cake. And sometimes even cake is … Continue reading

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