Medium Day: Stuff Writers Write That Makes Editors (and Readers) Cringe

Join me on Medium Day, August 12, at 3:30 central daylight time for even more cringeworthy tips to improve your writing

Sandra Wendel
2 min readAug 9


Author’s book cover, Write On, Inc.

Is your writing filled with clichés? Are you making amateur errors (and don’t even know it)? Want to level up your writing?

We editors are not the grammar police, but we sure can help you polish your writing. Readers are not forgiving. Do typos make you wince? Is poor grammar and spelling a roadblock to the author’s credibility?

Heck yes.

Join me on Medium Day, August 12. That’s a Saturday, at 3:30 central daylight time for a fast-paced, lively discussion without a fancy PowerPoint or slides.

Here’s the outline, subject to change and my nervousness and your input:

· Why you can’t use song lyrics, not even one line.

· How to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in your writing.

· Clichés. Slang. Emoji. LOL. Forget it.

· Why sources matter and why we never cite Wikipedia.

· When to use italics and when not to.

· Can you say fuck and other profanity?

· Stories about starfish, oxygen masks, and SMART constructs and why you should avoid them.

· And whatever else we can get to in our half hour of enlightenment.

If you have writing topics you’d like me to address, please email before August 10 (

I’ve written a series of blog posts here on Medium on stuff writers write that makes editors cringe. Readers too. I have compiled them into a short e-book available on Amazon.

But like they say on the infomercials: Wait! There’s more! I have compiled this essential information from these posts into a short e-book on Amazon. And if you join me on Medium Day, I will give you a free copy of my e-book. Seriously, free. No strings.

Register here and see the schedule for Medium Day.

Sandra Wendel is a talented nonfiction book editor who helps writers write and publish…



Sandra Wendel

A picky nonfiction editor who helps authors write, polish, and publish their books. Author: Cover to Cover: What First-Time Authors Need to Know about Editing.