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A voracious reader since childhood, writing was the next logical step. I've been writing since grade school, and a professional writer since my senior year in high school. I've done science and technology journalism for Ars Technica, technical writing for ISVs, and quite a lot in between.

I love words; I can't NOT write.

I'm always looking for writing and/or editing work. I can be reached at rstockbower@gmail.com


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answered Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
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comment What are some strategies for developing basic writing skills? Beginning Writing (again)
Like you, I learned more from a good editor than by through any other means. Editing others' work is also extremely helpful, because it makes you think about why your edit makes the work stronger.
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comment What are some strategies for developing basic writing skills? Beginning Writing (again)
Unfortunately a lot of what traditionalists consider "good" writing isn't useful today. In basic business writing, one must battle attention scarcity which means beautiful prose probably won't go over well. Brevity, clarity, and specificity matter more than any amount of style in today's world. Focus on plain English above all else.
Apr
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comment An alternative to saying 'users' when describing features
FWIW, I feel the same way about the words "code" and "coding"...
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answered Where to look for ESL writers and copyeditors?
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comment Where to look for ESL writers and copyeditors?
I've taught ESL classes for adults, and I also do quite a bit of editing (search my posts here). You can send me an email if you like. rstockbower at gmail.
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comment Write a resume objective that expresses my desire to hone and sharpen my skills
A minor aside: every time I see the word "obtain", I imagine a high school kid with a thesaurus trying to find alternatives for "to get" because his teacher told him he shouldn't use it. This is bad advice because the student misses the real point: there are better, more meaningful ways of expressing the concept than simply plugging in a synonym. The teacher should pay attention to the expression of the idea instead of the word choice which is itself just a manifestation of the real problem. All the student remembers later is that get = bad, even when it's really the best choice.
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answered Write a resume objective that expresses my desire to hone and sharpen my skills
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comment What's the best practice for displaying a personal website url in a resume?
Yeah the pipe character. I like it better than dashes, semi-colons, plain whitespace, etc. It has a clean look, and its purpose (separation) is clear. The entire header block is centered.
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answered What's the best practice for displaying a personal website url in a resume?
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comment How credible is wikipedia?
Eh, as a rule Wikipedia is about as accurate as Britannica, according to a paper published back in ~2007, if memory serves. Agree 100% on the source lists, though. Also FWIW, when I was in pharmacy school, some professors were notorious for CnPing Wikipedia content for their lecture slides. Verbatim.
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comment How to obtain a thoughtful critique of a job application cover letter?
The bulk of the responses in this LinkedIn discussion thread (by hiring managers and HR people) support my assertion, especially the HR people. Hiring managers tend to be a little more in-depth: linkedin.com/answers/hiring-human-resources/staffing-recruiting/…
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