The other day, I received an email from a client with the word "insurance" in the subject line. "Oh great," I thought. Already, I was imagining the bad news in that email and the heated conversation that would follow. You see, a few months ago there had been a sticky situation involving this same company… Continue reading How to Keep Calm When Things Don’t Go Your Way
I?m super passionate about freelance copywriting. But let?s face it, constantly hunting for clients can be exhausting. It's not uncommon to spend hours going back-and-forth with a potential client through email or over the phone, only for the project to fall through. Even when you achieve a steady flow of clients, you?re still trading time… Continue reading The Best Affiliate Program for Community-Centered Learning Learn the ropes of affiliate marketing while earning money at the same time!
Mind Mapping for Writers: Revision Made Simple Does ?revising? your story consist of making tiny line edits only you will notice? With some of my short stories, I did this for years. I knew they weren?t quite where I wanted them to be but thought maybe if I kept tinkering around with the sentences, changing… Continue reading Revision Woes? How a Bird?s Eye View Helps You Regain Control of Your Story??????
I grew up in a small town and hated it. So many days I?d be bored out of my mind, wanting desperately to live in a big city. I?d beg my mom to take me to Corpus, which wasn?t exactly a big city but was the closest one to us, with a mall, 3 movie… Continue reading Locating the mystery in the mundane
The other day, a ray of sunlight poured in through the window, illuminating my desk. I was horrified to discover that it was covered with dust. Not just a fleck here and there, but entire sheets. As unpleasant as it was to see all the dust, this moment of illumination (in both senses of the… Continue reading Spiritual Spring Cleaning: How to Sort Out Your Mental Clutter
What do you do with a BA in English? That?s the title of a song from the great Broadway play Avenue Q. In the song, Brian laments, ?Four years of college and plenty of knowledge/ Have earned me this useless degree.? If you studied literature or some offshoot like ?Medieval Poetry? in college, you?ve probably… Continue reading What do you do with a BA in English?
One of my favorite scenes in The Shining is when Jack is writing and Wendy enters the room (watch the scene here). This is his reaction: I think all of us writers can relate to this. When we?re in our element and something interrupts our flow, it takes time to regain that momentum. Plus, there?s… Continue reading How to drill through the distractions and enter The Zone
One thing we do NOT lack in this day and age is information. So what do you do when you need to solve a problem (long-term or short-term)? Like a student cramming for a final, you voraciously consume information, trying to find the ultimate solution to become richer/happier/healthier. The magic formula that will unlock the… Continue reading Information overload slowing you down? How to regain control
?Do your writing first thing in the morning.? How many times have you heard this advice? I first heard it in my MFA program from a guest lecturer, who encouraged us to always work on our writing before checking our email, Facebook, etc. As he explained, once you expose yourself to other voices, it?s much… Continue reading Adopting a Writing Discipline With Minimal Pain and Maximal?Pleasure
10:30 PM. You know you should be doing something productive, but instead you browse Amazon for black pleated chiffon midi skirts. 11:45. You?ve moved on to blue-light blocker computer glasses. It?s time to get to work now, but you?re tired. Starting it now would be a waste. Better to wait until the morning, when you?ll… Continue reading The motivating factor