How to Be a Better Writer

It mostly comes down to practice. They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something, and at 31.5 years old, I have spent at least that long writing, scribbling out, rewriting, and editing my work over the years. Working on my own writing and with other writers, here are a few ways I have collected to improve writing skills and exercises you can do to continue to practice. Write a lot. Write …

#MeToo the Book — Share Your Story

I have been deeply inspired by the sharing and bravery of the people who told their story while #metoo swept social media in the last weeks. I have also been a victim of sexual harassment and assault, and I think it is more important than ever that we continue to talk about, continue to provoke conversation, and refuse to be victims. I am putting together a book of stories based …

Writing for Me vs. Writing for My Clients

It can be difficult to separate them!   Writing is… Cathartic Emotional Real Symbiotic Percussive Strong Difficult Mine Life. Writing for money, especially for other companies and authors, is a fantastic career. And because most of my writing is ghosted, I have had to learn to keep my personal feelings and opinions out of the pieces I write. Especially when I disagree or find their references suspect. It can be difficult …

The Hardest Part of Writing a Book

I see this question many places — on Quora, in articles about writing, when I’m asked directly. “What is the hardest part about writing a book?” I understand why people want to know, but the truth is that just like everything else in life, what is most difficult for me may be easy for you and vice versa. Here’s what I can tell you from my own experience. I have ghostwritten a …

How to Stop Procrastinating

Working from home doesn’t make me more likely to procrastinate, it’s just easier to get away with it because no one is watching. In the corporate world, procrastination is there, it’s just slightly less detectable. Facebook and Twitter in between clients, Instagram while you go to the bathroom, texting all day. Reading the news is the easiest way to procrastinate at work because it seems that it is the most …

Never Work For Free

A friend of mine is also an entrepreneur. She was asked about possibly doing a whole new project for one of her clients. She wasn’t super familiar with the details but knew she could do the main part, so she said she was interested. The client didn’t even ask her to, but she spent several hours researching information and details about parts of the project she wasn’t as familiar with …

How To Be Inspired Today

Creativity begets more creativity. Inspiration can be found from anywhere, but it can be easy to get so mired in and forget or be unable to find the beauty in the world. Stop what you’re doing. Right now. Just take a moment, put down the pen, the phone, remove your fingers from the keyboard. Just stop. After you read this sentence, close your eyes and take a deep breath and …

How to Have a Great Editor/Author Relationship

I see authors getting frustrated. “Just tell me how much editing will cost!” They cry, annoyed at vague or incomplete answers. The editors are sitting on the other end of the email chain despairingly, grumbling in annoyance, “How long is your book??” As an editor, an author, and an employee of a publishing firm, I think I can clear this right up. Authors: there is no set cost for editing. Editing depends …

Don’t Call Me A ‘Woman Entrepreneur’

I think we can leave my gender out of my job title. Yes, I am technically a female business owner, a woman entrepreneur, a lady boss, and a chick, broad, lassie, dame, gal, maiden, and a wench in some moods. My womanhood effects many things, from the size of the pockets in my jeans to the expectations of labor division, and the attraction my husband has for me. Guess what …

Where Do Freelance Writers Find Clients?

One of the questions that I get asked the most and see on writing forums all the time is “where do you find clients?” I’ve talked about this before, discussing ways to start making money right away as a writer. But something I keep seeing even more of recently is this: “I got my first client! The pay is terrible, but it’ll be a professional piece for my portfolio!” It’s …