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Weekend Assignment: The Bucket List

Friday has arrived. Time for the next weekend writing assignment. Are you ready? Of course you are. This week’s assignment was inspired by 50 Weeks of 50 – A new beginning of being a post by Leisa LaDell on her Words Are Little Gods blog. In it, she shared her bucket list. This got me thinking. […]

Freelance Writing Success – Part 2: Get the Gig

Last Wednesday, part 1 of this article described how to find potential freelance writing job leads. Today, we’re going to take a look at what to do with them once you find them. Take names. Start with the company’s web site. Check the “Contact Us” and “About Us” pages for lists of company contacts.  Sometimes […]

Market Research for Writers: Digital Editions & You

The best way to determine if your style of writing is a good match for a publication is to read at least an issue or two. Before the Internet, writers relied on newsstands and sample copies to get a taste of their chosen market before submitting. Now, with digital magazine subscriptions becoming more and more […]

Weekend Assignment: The Writer’s Resumé

Do you have a writing resumé? If you are serious about finding more writing assignments in 2011 you’ll want to have all the tools at your disposal for doing just that. At the top of the list: the resumé. A freelance writing resume is a different beast than your everyday resumé.  Moira Allen wrote a […]

Freelance Writing Success – Part 1: Finding Potential Writing Gigs

The success of any freelance writer hinges on the ability to find and land a steady stream of paying writing projects. You know the writing jobs are out there. The question is, how do you find them? 1. Dig Deeper. If you’re just starting out, you’ve probably begun your search in the most obvious place: […]


Delightful? Weirdo? Those two words are not usually how I choose to describe myself, but what the heck. Catherine Caine’s blog/web site (Be Awesome Online – website advice for delightful Weirdos) has loads of insightful information and I’m enjoying her blog posts. But, as a firm believer in the adage: The best things in life […]

Weekend Assignment: Project Productivity

You know the scenario. You have a list of writing projects you want to do, but for some reason, no matter how many hours you spend writing, there are always more projects than time. It’s the productivity paradox. The more writing time you find, the more projects show up to fill it. This can lead […]

Writing, the Library and You – Kickin’ It Old School

In this age of information, writers can locate sources, find facts and conduct market research at the click of a mouse. Why visit the library? There’s something about wandering the stacks at the library that can get your creative juices flowing. Before you decide your library card is obsolete, revisit the local stacks and spend […]

Writing Sparks: January 2011

What will you write about this month? If you need some ideas to get the creative juices flowing, try one of these writing sparks. Use the ideas individually, or mix and match them as your muse sees fit. Story Spark: Write about a character who finds a note under mysterious circumstances. Setting Spark: An atmospheric […]

Weekend Assignment: Writing Goals

Are you one of those people who makes resolutions for New Year’s? I have a list of stand-by writing resolutions that I make every January. Sometimes I’m successful with them, sometimes not, but I keep making them. When it comes to resolutions,  I think the whole point is to pull out our goals for the […]