Pinpoint Creatives

Why Do You Need an Editor When You Have Spell Check?

Are you counting on tools on your computer to identify errors in your document? Spell check and grammar check have limited uses. There are certain errors that they just cannot pick up; I see this happen all the time.

Semantic errors are not things your computer can fix for you.

For example, “discrete” and “discreet” are both proper English words but not used in the same way. Spell check won’t help you there.

It is wrong to say “I asked her severally” when you mean “I asked her several times” but your computer can’t tell you, because “severally” is also a word- used differently.

Don’t risk turning your readers off. Ensure that your work is memorable for all the right reasons. I’m at your service! #YouNeedAnEditor

entrepreneurship, Personal Leadership, Published Articles

10 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About Taking Notes at Meetings

As a business owner (or someone managing a business), whether you’re meeting with a new client or an existing one, note-taking is one strategy that will accomplish more for you than most people realise. Here are 10 things you should keep in mind as you prepare for your next meeting:

1. If you’ve been given an appointment to meet with a prospective client, you’re better off listening to their past, present and anticipated needs, instead of talking about how great your product or service is. Pulling out your notepad and pen, and asking questions, is a great way to respond to “So, what can I do for you?”

2. By taking out your notepad and pen, you’re not just preparing to gather information. You’re sending a message to your client or prospective client: I am a professional, I am organized and your words are important to me.

Continue reading…

Interview, Published Articles, Spirituality

5 Minutes with Anthony Livingstone, Author, Enemy of Darkness

Anthony Livingstone’s professional background is completely rooted in music. Not satisfied with the normal performance of music in a concert setting or a band setting, he began to experiment with merging other art forms together with music which gave rise to a new concept of the Christian Opera he developed and saw performed in several churches in Nigeria. As early as the late 90s, he became aware the potential of musically dramatized plays and the enormous emotional response it could bring forth.

Little did he know that writing, a hobby which he engaged in solely for pleasure, would become more precious to him than his first love – music.

He talked to me about the writing process, the Christian Fantasy Genre, and his latest novel which was recently published online as an e-book, Enemy of Darkness. Read the interview HERE.

Inspiration, Published Articles

What’s Keeping You from Writing Your Book?

As an editor, writer and ghostwriter, I tend to attract people who dream of authoring books on a daily basis. When we get to discussing the reasons why their dream is not yet reality, there are certain explanations that keep recurring.

If you’re someone who wants to write a book but has never gotten round to it, decide here and now that 2017 will be the year you produce your manuscript. The time to start preparing is now, and here are a few things you should keep in mind. Continue reading…

Inspiration, Literature, Published Articles

20 Inspiring Quotes From Writers About Writing

Much has been said about the power and pleasure of reading, and not nearly enough about writing. Without writers there would be no books to read or rave about, but how much do we know about the writing process and what goes on in the minds of writers, be they novelists, journalists, or just people writing their memoirs? These quotes, some serious and some hilarious, give us a little insight into their world. Continue reading…

30 Days 30 Blogs, Reviews

30 Days, 30 Blogs: Word Vomit

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She’s a lover of books. She’s a writer.

She’s a wife. She’s a mother. She’s a daughter.

She’s a Christian. She’s Nigerian. She’s Ijaw.

She blogs about all these things, and invites others to do the same on her blog. What does that give us? A potpourri of experiences, fiction and real life. A writer’s blog.

You can read my review here

Personal Leadership

November- 30 Days of Courage

Sweet November! This month, i’m taking the bull by the horns. I’m shedding old skin, revealing a new me- a beautiful, strong, disciplined, devoted, faithful and courageous me!

Have you joined the LA Family? Check us out on Twitter, @TheLAfamily. My team is #LATeamCourage, and I’m seizing all the courage I can find to complete the first draft of my book (it’s not NaNoWriMo, mine isn’t a novel but I’m doing it this month all the same), ghostwrite a book for a client, read 2 chapters of the Bible daily, create time to read great novels, take better care of my husband, and spend quality time with my baby.

I’ve got 30 days to do awesome things! Let’s go!