Do you ever feel like your writing voice is a little...droning? Read More
As you read back something you've written, maybe you hear something reminiscent of Ben Stein’s nasally voice saying, “Bueller?...Bueller?”
Sometimes when we forget to vary our sentence structure, the end result feels a little stiff and boring. The flow just isn’t there.
One of the questions I got in response to the survey I sent out last week was: How do you take care of yourself as a freelancer and avoid overworking? Read More
My first ever college intern and I just finished up last week. 😱 Can you believe it?! Time flies, man. Read More
Katelyn, a junior at one of the local universities (English major) signed on in August to work with me over the course of the semester. She’s getting into finals in the next few weeks, so we wrapped things up right around Thanksgiving. Here’s what I learned from the experience.
When you hear the world explicit, your mind might go straight to that parental advisory sticker you see on CDs sometimes. Read More
Today, I’m not talking about being explicit in that context. I’m talking about being explicit in the sense of communicating clearly, as in: “She was explicitly clear about her directions.”
Why? Because so often a major failure of communication (written or otherwise) happens when we aren’t explicit.
Getting hired feels really hard sometimes, doesn’t it? Whether it’s for an amazing in-house gig at a company you admire, or a remote job that would eliminate your life-sucking commute each day, or even a freelance opportunity with a dream client—it’s not an easy process. Read More
Not only do you have to stand out from the pile of applicants, but if you do, perchance, get noticed, then you have to dazzle during the interviewing process. So, erm...how do you do that?
I somehow figured out how to do that not once, but *TWICE* not too long after I graduated college.
Even in the modern world of spell check and tools like Grammarly, it’s always best to know how to get things right on the first go-around. Read More
So let’s do a quick walk-through on some of the more common grammar/usage mistakes that crop up in writing...
There’s one thing I hear from writers more than anything else. Read More
Know what it is?
It’s that they don’t feel confident in their writing abilities.
Is there anything worse than submitting a piece of writing somewhere and getting it sent back with endless edits? Read More
Opening a document filled with notes is like an instant gut-punch.
It says, “You didn’t nail this one.”
When it comes to writing, sometimes getting started is the hardest part.
It can result in hours of procrastination, sweaty palms, and a last-minute scramble as a deadline approaches. Read More
So what’s behind the first draft intimidation — and how can writers overcome it?
So, I’ve been working from a home office for about four years now. Read More
I love our little house, but sometimes…I don’t.
Working in the same place day in and day out where I also spend my non-working hours can get a bit monotonous.
Ever feel like what you’re writing is just kind of...bland?
Writing ruts happen to the best of us.
- Maybe it’s because you’ve been writing about the same topic for so long.
- Maybe you’ve become immersed in your niche, and you’ve lost external perspective.
- Maybe you’re just real tired and need a lil’ nappy.
This week, I wanna talk about books on writing. Read More
The business world needs better writers, as indicated by studies that show writing training is a billion-dollar industry and research that shows writing is a skill desired by 73% of hiring managers.
I’ve noticed some commonalities amongst some of the top sites that I write for from time to time. Read More
(I’m talking about the Copyhackers, SumoMe, and Kissmetrics-type blogs.)
Know what it is?
Greetings from year three of freelancing! Man, time flies. Read More
I loved writing this year in review post last year, so I’m excited to do it again. It’s such a nice way to step out of the day-to-day operations and celebrate all that you’ve accomplished over the past 12 months.
So what was this year like?
For the most part, I love the fact that I get to work from home. Read More
I get to walk my dog, wear sweatpants, and don’t have the office interruptions that are productivity’s worst nightmare. I can really knock out some writing assignments with long, uninterrupted stretches of silence.
I started freelance writing about two and a half years ago. I was doing it on the side, and eventually, I realized that with the referrals I was getting, it was feasible to make it my full-time gig. Read More
OMG, I need more freelance writing work.
Whether you’re just starting your freelance writing career, or if business is a little slow, you might feel the above sentiment. Read More