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Laura Diane D
Writer #27308
Edmond, OK
Joined 8/31/2018
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Laura's advanced degree in English and experience in business and education make her skilled and versatile. She spent 11 years as a professional landman in the Oil & Gas Industry (analyzing and amending legal contracts), which makes her ideal for business and legal writing.

In addition, her experience as an Adjunct Composition Professor allows her to understand and write about educational environments and learning/teaching theory. Recently, she left higher education to pursue freelancing, and this shift lets her focus on article and blog writing.

To date, she has generated numerous blogs and essays and contributes to Hometown-Living Magazines as a writer and proofreader. For this prolific publication, she not only conducts interviews and produces original articles--covering topics like local business, home d├ęcor, and individual profiles--but proofreads the magazines before they go to print and articles submitted by other authors.

Her capacity to maximize time (she got a master's degree while raising young kids) and her intense ambition serve clients well. A foundation in business and academic writing give authority to her sharp wit and generate a voice that engages, informs, and entertains broad audiences. Aside from primary areas of expertise, she aspires to expand her repertoire and remains open to all aspects of freelance writing.
Kids/Family
Business
Health
Relationships
Humor
Food
Education
Self Help
Blog Post
Article

Specialties

Blogs - family, food, lifestyle, health, humor/satire, education, women's issues, career and entrepreneurship

Articles - online and print

Essays - personal, humorous

Editorial/Opinion Pieces

Interests

Laura reads like crazy (how else can a writer improve her skills?). When without a book in her hands, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and experimenting in the kitchen. Above all other activities, she savors playing with words.

Education

University of Texas at Arlington

After a couple of transfers, Laura decided to stay in north Texas to complete her degree. Though her obsession with good grades bordered on maniacal, one semester spent finding her bliss threw a wrench in an otherwise perfect GPA, and she finished with a 3.58.

University of Central Oklahoma

More than a decade after receiving her BA, she left corporate America to earn an MA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma (finishing this time with a 4.0 GPA) and was subsequently hired by the University as an Adjunct Composition Instructor.

Business

150 Projects Completed

Eleven years in the Oil & Gas Industry honed Laura's business writing skills. Aside from having generated emails within and between large Companies like Chesapeake Energy and EOG Resources, she was often tasked with drafting letters (on company letterhead) to landowners and their attorneys. She understands professional environments and the language needed to communicate within them.

Education

55 Projects Completed

Laura's experience teaching college composition created an interest in helping people write more effectively. Especially in adult students, she sees a desire to learn proper grammar and usage, as they recognize its wide-ranging benefits. She contributes to The Writing Cooperative and Writers Guild, two online platforms for professionals to share experiences and help each other become better writers.

Health

24 Projects Completed

Laura enjoys researching mental health issues and is skilled at finding viable sources and making their data engaging and accessible. As such, she has provided ghostwriting services and written articles about natural treatments for depression and anxiety, healthy diet and exercise habits, meditation, dream therapy and lucid dreaming.

Kids/Family

15 Projects Completed

Laura's blogs regularly focus on family and marriage, with the aim of highlighting imperfection and celebrating the struggle. She uses humor to underplay the heavier emotions associated with parenthood but also values straightforward pieces about balancing career and family, managing screen time and anxiety, fostering kids' independence, making mealtime more enjoyable, weighing marriage and individual autonomy, and dealing with marital and parental power struggles. She thrives in this space, having produced numerous blogs, essays and articles with and without a byline.

Self Help

6 Projects Completed

Laura's interest in health often leads her to research and write self-help pieces, including those about meditation, depression, and healthy eating. As a ghostwriter, she has sold articles on similar topics, making her a sought-after authority on self-improvement.

Food

5 Projects Completed

Having experimented with culinary school in her twenties, Laura's exploits in the kitchen make excellent material for recipe-centered blogs and quirky how-tos. In this arena, she has contributed to several online outlets as a ghostwriter, providing tips and recipes focusing on seasonal baking, southwestern fare, sweets, easy weeknight dinners, slow-cooker favorites, and healthy food preparation.

Relationships

3 Projects Completed

Laura's blogs about friendship, marriage and parenting have been published in The Ascent, The Haven, Be Yourself, and Lady Parts. In this vein, she continues to research and write, publishing under her name and ghostwriting for other platforms.

Humor

3 Projects Completed

Laughing is always better than crying, and Laura excels at using humor to make fun of personal and professional pressures. She regularly contributes to satirical and humor publications on Medium and enjoys pushing the boundaries of what it means to be "successful" by today's definitions.

Blog Post

80 Projects Completed

In addition to creating short form SEO-focused blogs for businesses, Laura enjoys writing more in-depth pieces and publishing on Medium. Her personal anecdotes, interesting how-tos, and philosophical essays have peaked on several top publications and her specialties include writing instruction, parenting, entrepreneurship, mental health, and food.

Article

9 Projects Completed

Laura writes for magazines associated with Hometown-Living (Amarillo Living, Wichita Falls Living, Lawton Living, for example). Her work has covered topics like local businesses, individual profiles, upcoming community activities/festivals, local sports, and regional charities. After submitting her second article, editors recognized her eye for detail and expanded her responsibilities to include proofreading. She now edits individual articles and the pre-printed magazines for errors in grammar, usage and formatting.

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