Writing Life

Confessions of a Recovering Pantser

Hi. My name is Barb and I’m a recovering pantser. Yes, I admit it. At one time I insisted I couldn’t plot a novel in advance because it would kill the creative process. (My art! My art!) I needed to let the story breathe and live and do all those artistic things a story should […]

Sick Daze: Health Insurance and Freelance Writing

Trying to keep up with the health insurance trends at the moment can be frustrating, but going without insurance can be downright frightening. Lately, I’ve been doing some investigation of my own, and though I wish I could say I’ve found the Holy Grail in affordable health insurance for us writers, sadly, that is not […]

Discoveries: Freelancers Union

I’ve just learned about this site, and I’m still exploring it myself, so this is more of a “heads-up” post, rather than a recommendation. Freelancers Union is a free membership site for independent workers. There are links to create contracts, find group insurance (although group rates aren’t available in my area), find jobs, join the […]

The Get-Over-It File

Some days it seems like every word comes out wrong — when the words come at all. On those days it can be easy to turn into your own worst enemy and give in to negative self-talk. Me? A writer? Who am I kidding? Why would anyone want to read this? This stinks! Nothing kills […]

Are You Standing in Your Own Way? Four Habits to Give up Now

1. Making excuses I don’t have time to write… I have no new ideas… If you want to write, write. Step around those roadblocks you’re creating for yourself and do it. 2. Obsessive revision Revision is the key to good work, but if you are to the point where you are taking out commas only […]

A little writing news…

I’ve received a request from The Writer magazine to publish a reprint of one of my articles in their upcoming book, The Best of The Writer!  More details to come… Now to stalk the mailman until the contract arrives.

Get a Life! 8 Ways to Keep Your Writing Career Without Losing Your Mind or Alienating Loved Ones

One of the first lessons I learned when I became a full time freelance writer was just how easy it is to work around the clock and never look beyond the four walls of my office. Now, all these years later, I still catch myself occasionally working more and living less. In fact, one day […]

Writing “Snapshots”

If you’re like me, you probably have taken a few photos during the last month. Family gatherings, winter weather spectacles, holiday parties, road trips… is it just me, or does December lend itself more to photo opportunities than other months? For a writer, this is great news! On those days when your muse is feeling […]

What Nobody Tells Beginners

This fabulous quote comes from Ira Glass. I believe it applies to all of us, beginners and established writers alike. “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For […]

Ten Last Minute Gifts for Writers

1. Digital timer for those times when the only thing that will shake loose a new idea is a timed writing exercise. 2. A calendar for keeping track of assignments (and for general amusement and inspiration). 3. A solar gadget charger, because nothing is worse than being mobile with a dead battery. 4. To-Do sticky […]