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Changing Gears Rapidly as a Writer

Freelance writing is not easy. The bidding. The editing. The actual writing. It’s a complex process and you don’t have any backup. You’re in charge of everything from communicating with clients to paying your own taxes. It’s a lot for one person to do, not to mention...

How to Be Controversial without Being a Jerk

Whether you run your own blog or ghostwrite for those that do, one of the biggest challenges you probably face is engagement. How do you get people, when they visit the site, to leave comments, share, and subscribe? Do a quick Google search for “how to get more...

How to Write 12,000 Words in One Day

I write for a living. I’ve been doing it for six years, during which time I estimate I’ve written more than 10 million words. On an average day I write between 5,000 and 8,000 words. On a very busy day I can write 12,000 to 15,000 words and I can do this four or five...

7 Ways to Get Over Writer's Block Fast

Whether you’re on a deadline and just hit a brick wall or have been scrabbling for a few extra minutes for weeks and FINALLY have it only to find you can’t think straight, writer’s block is a pain in the butt. Having written a few million words in the last 6 years on...

"A-ba-DA!" Translating the Baby

This is pure “cute baby” anecdote, so if you roll your eyes when a friend gushes about their kid, you may want to avert your attention. For the rest of you, keep reading. We’ve reached an interesting time as parents. Our son, Jack, has started speaking in so much that...

Saturday Afternoon – A Lesson in Patience

I'm not what my wife would call a patient man. I've come to terms with that and as a result I feel I've developed a much keener sense of patience than I once had. I have a small amount of self-control when it comes to Best Buy and Gamestop (though that may at least...

The Extra 20 Minutes

I like to be efficient. No matter what I'm doing, I like to get it done as fast as possible and in the process I end up competing with myself. It got me promoted at my first and third jobs and it kept me in good graces with my boss at my fourth (who I eventually...

Do Something!

Today's post comes to you courtesy of my morning. I woke up today excited to get some work done. I have been cruising through a handful of new ideas lately and the results have already started to show up - it's been encouraging. Then today I woke up, stared at my...

My Friend, the Cloud

I use a lot of stuff when I log on to my computer each day. I have a laptop, lots of software to write, record or develop whatever I'm working on that particular day, and all my mobile devices to keep me connected when I leave the house. But, at the end of the day,...