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Affect vs. Effect with Mignon Fogarty

Calling all word nerds, grammar-lovers, and content creators who want to improve your writing! This episode with The Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty -queen of quick and dirty grammar tips that’ll elevate your writing and feed your curiosity about the English language. 

In this episode, Mignon shares her own story of entrepreneurship and how she started The Grammar Girl podcast, some grammar tips in response to what I often struggle to remember when writing (and maybe you have too), as well how to improve your writing through curiosity. 

We also discuss content creation and the practice of reviewing goals and direction regularly to ensure you’re on the right track, and so much more! 

Can using curiosity improve your writing?

The short answer is YES! We get into answering this question, and more in this week’s episode! 

Highlights of this episode: 

  • How Mignon got asked to fact-check Oprah Winfrey’s grammar on The Oprah Winfrey Show 

  • How Mignon started The Grammar Girl podcast and how she comes up with all of her tips to improve writing and grammar 

  • How to remember the difference between affect vs effect once and for all! 

  • How to use curiosity to improve your writing and grammar 

  • How Mignon stays informed on the many changes in the ever-evolving English language 

  • Whether or not breaking the rules of grammar is a yay or nay and when not to do it 

  • Why I really should probably stop capitalizing the seasons 

  • And so so so much more! 

  • Here’s an article Mignon Fogarty wrote after our episode about her experience as a She Built This podcast guest, “Six Steps to Get Your Guests to Promote Your Podcast”

Want a quick and dirty grammar tip prior to listening to the episode? 

If you’re a fellow word nerd always looking to improve your writing, this one’s for YOU.

When you stumble across a grammar rule or Grammarly suggestion you aren’t sure of, ie. affect vs. effect, whom vs. who, and how long is TOO long for a sentence… stop and get CURIOUS about WHY. Why is it a rule? When does it apply? 

Look it up and find out the reason behind the suggested change.

  • WHY do we say whom vs. who? 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • WHEN is it affect vs. effect? 🤯

  • Should there be a comma there and WHY or why not? 😬

This two-minute research project helps to cement the principle and makes it more easily remembered the next time it comes up. With curiosity, you can improve your writing faster and more effectively! 

About Mignon Fogarty:

Mignon Fogarty is better known as Grammar Girl — five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards, an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network, and the former chair of media entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada. She is the author of seven books about language, including the New York Times bestseller, “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.” She has also appeared as a guest expert on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and the “Today Show.” 

Connect with Mignon Fogarty: 

Grammar Girl Podcast – check out the latest episode of the Grammar Girl for tips on How to Actually Improve Your Grammar and Why Parallelism is Important 

Website: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl/




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About the Host, Emily Aborn Content Writer, Podcaster, and Founder of She Built This 

Emily Aborn is a Content Writer for women entrepreneurs, Podcast Host of Content with Character, Podcast Host of the TOP Women Entrepreneur podcast She Built This, and Founder of She Built This, a community for women entrepreneurs and professionals. She’s been an entrepreneur since 2014 and has experience in running brick-and-mortar as well as online businesses. She’s worked with over 92 different industries and loves helping those with a big mission increase their visibility, connect with their clients, and bring their dreams and visions to life. For fun, Emily enjoys nerdy word games and puzzles, reading, listening to podcasts like they’re going outta’ style, and tromping about in the woods with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Clyde. 

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