Category: Writing

Fun, Sports, Writing

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 …

Freelancing, Writing

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, Writing

More Focus + Fewer Projects = Increased Productivity

Focus

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, Writing

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 …

Creativity, Hobbies, Writing

You Don’t Have to Monetize Every Skill

In today’s culture, in America especially, there is a pressure to monetize every single skill that you possess. It doesn’t matter what it is… It could be something utterly obscure like yak raising. But dammit, if you raise yaks you’d better be making money off of them. It doesn’t matter if you simply want to …