Once upon a time, there was the hum-drum office space, where people would gather from far and near, take to their desks and work. Then came the internet. Soon after, forward-thinking companies like Apple and Google formed huge corporate community workspaces. Then came social media. Soon after that, the “startup” appeared on the scene, mirroring the corporate workforce, but fusing into a smaller network of guerrilla entrepreneurs. [Read more…]
We all have doubts. In an article I wrote some years ago, I mentioned one reason writers might feel self-doubt more than others.
Everyone experiences self-doubt now and then. It’s part of being human, and writers are not exempt from this. In fact, I would go as far as to say that writers probably experience self-doubt more than other people. This is because we create things by transforming abstract ideas into concrete, readable words; and this makes us prone to criticism – whether constructive or not.
(You can read the full article here.)
Ideas make a writer’s world go round.
Without them, we don’t have anything to present to potential clients; we won’t even have the chance to close a deal. Without ideas, we won’t be able to create content for existing clients who require pitches instead of giving us topics to write about. Without ideas, we won’t have anything to publish on our blog.
However, we all know how slippery ideas can be. Inspiration doesn’t come as often as we want.
What are we to do? How do we make sure we always have ideas – great ones – that we can convert to effective strategies, which we can then successfully execute.
Here’s how: look to your competitors. [Read more…]
“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”
― N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society
I’ve always thought that lazy writers are worse than “bad” writers – writers who just need to hone their craft. If we were to live by the quote above, I suppose I just revealed how I think of myself as a writer – at times, at least.
There is no point in denying it – I use “very” more than I should.
How about you? Are you aware of how often you use the word? [Read more…]
Jumping off that cliff – otherwise known as a day job – to go freelance and be accountable to no one but yourself is a scary but exhilarating thought, isn’t it?
I think I am not wrong in saying that those of us who’ve done it felt those emotions (and everything in between), but that we wouldn’t have it any other way. [Read more…]
Writing inspiration is all around us, everywhere we look. That guy at the next table at the coffee shop who’s alone and reading a book instead of playing with his phone. That little girl at the park sitting on the grass staring at a tree. That sparrow who is pecking at the crumbs of your cheesecake.
Books. Blog posts. TV shows. And, yes, movies.
Even if these materials aren’t specifically about writing, we can still glean inspiration from them. Today, I’m sharing watching material for movie buffs – or even the casual movie watcher. I’ve seen some of these movies, while the others are on my watch list. [Read more…]
From the FWJ family to you – a free eBook titled “100 Websites that Pay Writers”.
As a way of showing our appreciation for your continued support and participation in the community, we created this eBook.
We’re all freelancers who need to find clients and gigs constantly, and we know just how difficult that can be at times. With this eBook, we hope to add to the holiday spirit – and help increase your income.
There are unending reasons people periodically choose the freelance lifestyle: an entrepreneurial spirit, an independent mindset, an ever-changing schedule, etc. But there are even more reasons people choose to remain freelancers for life, and it seems the word is getting out about those amazing benefits.
Currently, more than 14 million Americans choose to work for themselves, and experts estimate that by 2020, 1 in 3 American workers will be self-employed, eschewing traditional employment for more flexible, more empowering work.
Of course, this major shift away from the age-old employment system will have dramatic effects on the structure of the economy. Here are the biggest ways freelancing will change the world in the coming years. [Read more…]
Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that? – Kurt Vonnegut
It is a bummer to be a human being, and it is such a relief to have someone say that. Life has its awesome moments, but being human (as compared to other species) has a lot of disadvantages, not the least of which is having the capacity to think and feel intensely – sometimes with reason and emotion clashing with each other like two gladiators fighting for their lives in the pit.
Everyone has his own coping mechanism, but I think that in this matter, we writers have one thing we can always fall back on: writing! [Read more…]