The Writing Life Category

Knowing when to end the story

Knowing when to end a creative nonfiction story can be challenging. Most writers new to the form, especially those immersed for two decades in “academic essayist” writing, will end with a “moral to the story,” or some kind of explanation about the greater lessons learned. Don’t do that. Nobody likes to read a story that […]

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Gift yourself a writing workshop instead of that new TV

Fellow writers! What better way to treat yourself this holiday season than the promise of time and space to work on your craft in uninterrupted and focused splendor? If you are working on a memoir-in-progress and want some feedback as well as some inspiration, please consider joining me for an Advanced Memoir Workshop this January […]

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So you want to be a freelance writer (part two): Be the go-to writer

One surefire way to be successful as a freelance writer is to be the go-to writer. So what is that? Basically, you need to become indispensable to your editors. How? Easy. You’ll have to set pride aside and treat your freelancing as the job that it is. You don’t have a boss standing over your […]

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Writing Consultation involves what?

If you are the owner of a business, the manager of a department, or an executive in charge of a team, chances are your employees write quite a bit in the course of the work week, communicating internally and externally for a variety of purposes. According to the National Writing Project’s Writing: A Ticket to […]

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Writing the *#)%(*$% title

I hate titles. Always have. I’m a fantastic writer, but I suck at titles. When I was a journalist, editors would constantly change my titles, never satisfied with the one I toiled over. Sometimes I hit on a good one, but that’s a rarity. Similar to my chances of striking gold were I to pan […]

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Write reviews to build a publishing record

To increase your writing experience and exposure and build a publishing record, try writing reviews. Think reviews of books, movies, places, restaurants, the latest gadgets related to your expertise or favorite hobby. Whether you operate in academic or consumer-oriented publishing spheres, there are publications in print and online that publish reviews. Most do not pay […]

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Building your writer’s resume

Starting out as a writer can be an intimidating process. You have no publishing credentials, so automatically feel like you can’t compete for publishing acceptances. You have no experience and worry that this marks you as an amateur. Why would anyone give YOU a chance? Editors will give you a chance if your ideas are […]

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Writing Coach Services (you know you’re curious)

If you hate staring at the blank page or screen, perhaps you need a series of writing prompts to get you going. Maybe you have a great idea for an article, a book, an application essay, a business article, a report, or a blog project, but just can’t seem to get started. Perhaps you have […]

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