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Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Better Writing Through Lego

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And now for something a little different… It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lego fan. I have been ever since I was a kid, although I went through a period as a young adult where I believed it wasn’t “cool” and thus shelved my sets. Fortunately, I’m old enough now that I give zero …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Watch Your Technology Chronology!


I just finished an interesting book called Marlena. It was a good story about a woman in her 30’s who looks back on events of her fifteenth year. It’s typical coming of age stuff: Girl meets friend who’s on a different level socially, they become best friends in spite of the differences, girl experiments with a …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

16 Reasons Why You Should Try Flash Fiction

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Lately I’ve been trying my hand at flash fiction. For those not familiar with the concept, flash fiction is generally considered a story that’s under 1,000 words. (Some definitions stretch it as high as 2,000, but that’s getting into short story territory.) A flash is a full story with a beginning, middle, and end. It …

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

The Joys and Sorrows of Writing Everything


I’ve been writing in one form or another my entire working life and there’s very little that I haven’t tried. First, it was marketing materials and grants. Then I transitioned into technical and corporate writing. I’ve written for blogs and online magazines, written evergreen content for websites, articles for newspapers and academic journals, textbooks, and …

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

10 Approaches to Revision


Most people think of revision as painful and something to be avoided. It’s much more fun to play with a first draft than to try to take something half-baked and shape it into something publishable. If you want to make money writing, though, you have to revise. No one’s work is perfect on the first …