The November issue of Little Rock Soirée — a magazine featuring Little Rock fashion, parties, fundraisers, and events — brings to mind a lot of firsts: my first freelance project, my first experience copy editing a magazine, and my first assignment with Arkansas Business Publishing Group.
But what first comes to mind when I think about this issue is the "Ask the Expert" feature.
The expert? Linda Wofford, owner of The Everyday Chef. She shares her tips on how to host a Thanksgiving meal at home, and let me tell you, her tips delighted this detail-oriented copy editor (and I think you other perfectionists will feel the same way).
In planning how to set the table, Linda says to “decide where each serving dish will sit so there is coordination when passing the dish. For instance, if you have creamed potatoes and gravy, place them so they are passed in sequence.”
Am I the only one who has never thought of this?? Sure, you probably knew to place the two dishes together, but actually planning the transition of dish to guest seems to give a calm routine to a sometimes-chaotic dinner experience.
Once you have decided where each dish will sit, she suggests using “a card to designate on your table where each dish will be placed. This will allow you to solicit help to get the meal placed properly and in a timely fashion.”
I love that her tips help me bring my results-oriented nature from editing documents into living life. Need more of Linda's tips? The article is well worth the read.
Linda and I share the goals of being quick, efficient, and precise — Linda on setting a table and I on editing a project. Could you use these three words to describe your writing process?
If not, check out my 3 quick tips on how to write quickly, efficiently, and precisely:
Let me know if you need help creating a style guide for yourself!
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.