Writing exercises are a great way to both increase your skill as a writer and to generate new ideas for future work. These are some general exercises to help you work on different aspects of writing.
In a job you may have been able to blame your boss or the company for your lack of career advancement or your low pay. As a freelance writer, your career is entirely your responsibility. You make the decisions and you live with the consequences.
Building a writing career requires making requests from people you know and people you donâ€™t know. Fear of strangers is one of the most common fears in the world. One of the best ways to reduce your fear of rejection is to properly prepare for the conversation.
They picked you. You get to be on the new documentation project. You might even be leading it. This may be a new duty at an existing job or a whole new job. You need to get up and running and prove that they made the right choice when they decided on you. Here are […]
In my last article I discussed the value of hardiness. Hardiness is the ability to handle problems in constructive ways. It is the key to success as a writer. Here are a few ways in which you can increase your hardiness. Eliminate (At Least Reduce) Poor Coping Habits People indulge in bad habits when they […]
You know that with a 30 day blogging project, sooner or later you’re going to have a list post. Today is the day. Here are some ways to find inspiration when you are lacking: Read some poetry: You can either read your own poems or someone else’s, but take the time to think about how […]
Article by L.A. Ramsey Of all the things in human existence to be ignited by-a skylark, Picasso’s man strumming a blue guitar, a flapper wobbling to the tune of the Charleston, a kid’s gap-toothed grin-mine was a small sheik. It was somehow fitting that my inspiration would derive from a typographical error (it was supposed […]
By Kelly Boyer Sagert A local concrete company recently invited members of the chamber of commerce for a visit. Not having any idea what to expect, I decided to accept the invitation. At the beginning of their tour, all I saw were massive piles of raw materials. The guide admitted that the mounds were a […]
By Janis Butler Holm You’ve eyeballed your poem, story, or article, run your spelling checker program, and tested your friends’ devotion by requiring them to read this latest masterpiece. Now you’re ready to submit it for publication. Right? Maybe. But are you sure about your spelling? What about those little problems that spelling checkers can’t […]
One of the greatest problems writers face is isolation. Writing, especially freelance writing, is a solitary task. There are many advantages to this, such as the lack of distractions and the ability to work in (or out of) your rattiest clothes, but there are disadvantages as well. Isolation can cause loneliness, lack of structure, and can deprive you of valuable feedback. Here are some methods for dealing with these problems.