Writing Life

When Writer’s Block Hits and Brute Force Just Doesn’t Cut It

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I’ve always been one of those who believe in brute force when it comes to handling writer’s block. Source Just sit down and write. Just do it. You have to chase motivation/inspiration with a club. I like those motivational quotes that tell you to just plod along and get it over with, and most of the time, it does work for me. There are times, though, when no matter how much brute force I apply, I just can’t get anything done – not even a single cohesive sentence. I think that I wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that this happens [Read more…]

Why It’s Good to Occasionally Work Outside

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I’m a homebody. Anyone who knows me also knows that it sometimes takes a lot of convincing to get me out of the house. Sometimes, though, even a couch potato like me goes outside to work. When I do, I actually end up enjoying it and getting work done – more than usual. That’s more than enough reason to occasionally work outside, right? In case you’re like me, and you need a “little” convincing to venture out of your cave, let me share some things I’ve learned from working outside of the house. Fresh air is good for the health. [Read more…]

Places for Telecommuters to Work

Places for Telecommuters to Work

Telcommuters need to get out of the home office sometimes. Working in bed or on the couch isn’t recommended for getting the best work done and for your sanity. But we’re all a little different and what works for some of us doesn’t always work for everyone else. If you’re feeling cooped up, try some of these options for getting your work done. Library If you need a quiet place to work, try your local library next time you need a break from your home office. Just remember that this is a place that prefers quiet, so you won’t be [Read more…]

What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

When Hemingway said this, he probably had no idea just how the tools of the trade would change in the future. While many – if not most – of us would probably not hesitate to shell out some cash to own a vintage typewriter, the fact is that writers have more advanced tools at our disposal today. Of course, there are times when nothing beats good old pen and paper. The other day, while working at a coffee shop, I couldn’t help but glance (okay, more than glance; maybe stare a little) at the people there. Many seemed to be [Read more…]

Freelancing Stats and Trivia – Are You Part of the Numbers?

Freelancing Stats and Trivia - Are You Part of the Numbers?

I have a confession to make: I have this thing for stats. I probably spend too much time going through Facebook Insights, Google Analytics, etc. just so I can see what’s going on in terms of views, traffic, shares, and whatnot. It’s not that I love math (I did have more than my share of that in uni, but I can’t say I delight in the subject), but there is something about statistics and numbers that captivates. Just don’t ask me to calculate percentages in my head! Anyhow, Julie, an FWJ reader sent me this infographic, which is chockfull of [Read more…]

Things You Only Thought You Knew About Freelance Writing

Things You Only Thought You Knew About Freelance Writing

Every industry has its horror stories and freelancing is no different. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what it’s really like to work as a freelance writer. As a prior manager of a freelance writing pool to a newly converted freelancer myself, I can safely say many of the things I used to hold true about freelancing were anything but. Freelancing is a Piece of Cake Freelance writers work incredibly hard for the money they earn. While they have eliminated their daily commute to the office, most freelancers fill those “extra” commuting hours with work. Don’t get [Read more…]

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