Other Writings

‘Bridging the gap on neurodiversity: Communication styles and strategies for working together’

A 2023 CIEP conference panel discussion.

This is a LinkedIn article reporting on a conference panel discussion on neurodiversity and communication.

On [11 September 2023], I attended a panel discussion on ‘Bridging the gap on neurodiversity: Communication styles and strategies for working together’ by the brilliant quartet of Laura Burge (writer, editor, writing coach), Katherine Kirk (specialist fiction editor), AJ Harman (Outside the Box coach and writer) and Anna Knight (trauma-informed coach). I came away thinking I need to stash my thoughts and takeaways from this session somewhere so I can go back to it whenever I want. Because I’m trying to consciously use less paper and because the bird site died, this is as good as anywhere else.


Accountability and the guilt of triggering change

This is a LinkedIn article on procrastination, the fear of change and accountability in running an editorial business.

TL;DR – see link [in the article] and buy book; discover the editor in you. 


Wherever you go, there your are:

Not-so-new learnings from parenting and editing

In this post, Ayesha Chari shares her experiences on running a freelance editing business while bringing up a young child. She opens up about her struggles to juggle work and childcare, some of the ways she’s had to adapt her work routines, and the things that have helped her to get through it all


Making choices:

Mindfulness in difficult times

How do you edit when you’re distracted? What do you do when you’re restless? I tend to stare out the window. A lot. Or people watch or nature watch. But mostly just gaze into nothingness. I daydream my way into new adventures, not-so-new black holes, and back to reality.


Editing tests, clients and the editor

We asked our freelance members for their opinions about editing and proofreading tests: tests set by a potential client to assess the freelancer’s suitability for the job. Here, Ayesha Chari shares what she sees as the pros and cons of editing tests.


Of Indian Englishes, eating heads and doing the needful

‘I can’t get it done on time if you eat my head from the morning!’ Words I said aloud to my other half just before sitting down to write this. (Unusual, given that I’m the one who’s generally doing the nagging.) I am glad no one asked me to prepone submission.


Interview 16: Ayesha Chari

Specializes in language editing and rewriting, editing (what is curiously labeled) non-native English, and copyediting in a wide range of subjects (including the humanities, social sciences, and STM [science, technology, and medicine]


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