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Publishing Tips & Topics, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Don’t Be an Aspiring Writer

Aspiring Writer

Few things aggravate me more than the phrase, “aspiring writer.” I don’t like it when someone else refers to a writer in that way, but I get really riled up when a writer refers to herself that way. To me it’s pretty simple: Are you writing on a regular basis? Then you’re a writer. But …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

When to Call Yourself a Writer


Many people feel self-conscious calling themselves a “writer.” When people ask, “What do you do?” many of us hem and haw and try to dance around the question. “Oh, well, I do [list off all other stuff that comes to mind] and I write a little, too [said in a tiny voice that no one …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Practice is Required


My parents were cleaning out their house the other day and decided to get rid of the old piano. Seeing it go to my young cousin brought back memories of my attempts to learn to play. I didn’t take lessons, at first. I just banged away on the thing, sure that I was creating masterpieces. …

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Stumbling Into A Writing Career


When people find out that I’m a freelance writer, one of the first things they want to know is, “How did you get into that?” Sometimes it’s just passing curiosity. Other times they want to know because they aspire to quit working for “the man” and go out on their own and writing seems like …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Find Your Own Path


I once had a writer friend whose entire writing routine was comprised of “rules” he’d learned from successful authors. He got up early to write because that’s what the successful authors did. He outlined on index cards because he’d read somewhere that certain successful authors did it that way. He used a certain kind of …