About Tiffany Lin

Tiffany Lin has been a writer and editor since 2008. Her book reviews, news pieces and features have appeared in “Cat Fancy,” “Dog World,” “Romantic Homes,” “Cottages & Bungalows,” “Chickens,” “Kittens USA” and “Urban Farm.” Lin is currently an Editor at Demand Media. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English.

Take a Breather

Over the weekend, I was fortunate to pay a visit to one of my favorite spots in Southern California: The Huntington.

Located in Pasadena, The Huntington boasts an expansive library and eye-catching art collection, as well as a variety of botanical gardens. It’s the latter to which I am most drawn. I can spend all day strolling through The Huntington’s sprawling, 120-acre specialty gardens.

There’s something about recharging in nature that really fuels my creativity as a writer. Whether it’s hiking on a nearby trail or biking down the beach, taking the time to unwind outdoors rejuvenates the mind and body, which does great things for writer’s block.

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Nine Ways To Survive the Workday

Each day at the office is filled with its share of to-do lists, deadlines and stressful moments, so the last thing we need when attempting to stay on top of it all? Not having our heads on straight.

Life is all about balancing out challenges with the decision to remain upbeat, determined and poised. Happiness is a choice, after all. Here are nine daily routines that help me remain positive and energized.

1. Begin the day with exercise.

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How Well Do You Know the AP Stylebook?

testblogThe AP Stylebook is every journalist’s Rosetta Stone, but it can be tricky attempting to remember all of its entries — especially with those constant updates. While most of us already have an online subscription or hard copy at the ready, it’s still a good idea to familiarize yourself with the book as best you can. To find out if you’re up-to-date with AP Style, grab a pencil and piece of paper, and jot down your answers for the quiz below. (Scroll further down for the answers.)

1. Which one is correct?
A.) Powdered sugar
B.) Confectioners’ sugar
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Show, Don’t Tell – Or Should You?

tfinaleMy journalism professor used to always hammer this Ernest Hemingway quote into our heads, but it’s a quote that’s stuck to me throughout my years as an editor.

When it comes to writing – particularly when you’re creating a dramatic scene — showing the reader something is notably more powerful than telling about it.

Telling
The moment she picked up the phone and received the news, she felt utterly devastated and alone. Her mind was in disbelief, and her world was shattered.

Showing
The moment she picked up the phone and received the news, her complexion paled, and the blood flowing through her body cooled and seemed to dissipate from her veins. She wanted to throw the phone across the room, through the walls and out of her house, and yet her fingers wound tightly around the receiver, as if it were the only thing holding her steady. Continue reading

10 Ways to Tell You Were Meant to be a Professional Wordsmith

Some people can pursue a career that pays the bills – even if they’re not in love with what they do. I, on the other hand, need to be absolutely passionate about my 9-to-5 gig in order to thrive in it. The good thing about writing and editing is that I can build upon my skillset anywhere – whether it’s glancing at a newspaper and subconsciously noticing typos or feeling that must-need-to-know-now urge to Google a word that I don’t know. Even if my paycheck isn’t as high as a doctor’s, I wouldn’t trade my career for the world. Why? Because I live and breathe editing.

As a nod to what all of us – in-house editors and freelance contributors alike – do at Demand, I’ve compiled a list of 10 ways to tell we were destined to pursue our careers in writing and editing: Continue reading