Category: Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing Tips & Career Advice

A Course in Fearless Writing? Excuse Me While I Laugh.

Fearless writer

Why has “fearless” become the new buzzword? Universal Studios has been running ads during the Olympics touting a trip to their resort as a way to raise fearless kids who won’t be living in your house when they’re thirty-seven. A local zip-line park is running ads about becoming fearless when you tackle their zip-lines. Even …

Fun & Humor, Writing Tips & Career Advice

What Olympians and Writers Have in Common

Olympians and writers

I’ve written before about why I am an avid Olympics watcher. Basically it’s because I’m enthralled by the stories of the athletes and the Games themselves. As a writer, I appreciate the trials and tribulations, plot twists, and history that go hand in hand with the Games. It all combines to make a magnificent story …

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer? Some Ideas on Getting Started.

Freelance writer

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I get started as a freelance writer?” Today I’m going to give you my answer, but be warned: There is no advice that works for everyone, and my path will likely not be your path. Also, there is no magic bullet or golden ticket. …

Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

More Focus + Fewer Projects = Increased Productivity


I am the poster child for having the focus of a squirrel caught in traffic. At one point, I had no less than six novels going, plus a bunch of half-baked short stories and several freelancing projects. Oh, and I thought it would be a good idea to learn nine languages on DuoLingo. And I’m …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Start With “The End.”

The End

For most writers, writing the words, “The End” is the culmination of months (or years) of effort. It marks the completion of a project and is cause for a moment of celebration. I’m weird, though, because none of this is true for me. I usually write, “The End” within the first day of beginning a …