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Dear Readers,

At the start of each month, I’m creating a post for you to share your latest projects, goals, challenges, and accomplishments. I hope you will participate by leaving comments and sharing any relevant links!

On my part, November was another busy month. I continued with my existing translation work and booked several projects for the month of December as well. My good deed for the month was editing an incorrect Wikipedia entry in which someone had somehow translated the Arabic word for “monotheism” (“tawhid,” or توحيد) to “autism” (which is “tawahed,” or توحد in Arabic), calling a scholar who lived during the 1930s a “professor of autism.”

This is not the only error I have noticed on Wikipedia over the years. If you are a writer, Wikipedia is an excellent jumping-off point for your research, but it should not be used as a primary source. You should instead be checking out the footnotes to see where each piece of information came from. When I was the managing editor of a Seattle-area Muslim family magazine, we sometimes had writers copying and pasting large chunks of information from Wikipedia into their articles. You should not ever do this, especially when writing for pay.

Writing, translation, and freelance work in general is subject to the “feast or famine” phenomenon that many of us dread. That’s why I am working on creating a course that helps freelance translators in particular become more independent. I’ve had this idea for a while now and have been working on it for more than a year. My son recently pointed out to me that I should be creating a series of shorter courses rather than one big course. His insights have been helping me – but more on this later.

What have you been working on lately?

Reminder: Have you submitted an essay for the Muslim name anthology we’ve been working on? The deadline has been extended to December 31, 2017.

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Amel is an experienced freelance writer, editor, and Arabic to English translator. She started the Muslim Writers Club as a means of sharing useful information about the art (and business) of writing.
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