Writing Tools: Save Time, Save Energy With Markdown

For freelancers, time is money: your money if you’re charging by the project, clients’ money if you charge by the hour. You need writing tools to easily switch text between formats. One of my freelance writing students recently talked about the hassle of converting her content between HTML, MS Word, PDF etc for her clients. “Are you using a Markdown … Read more

Writing and research. Thoughts? Ideas?

Our current writing programs focus mainly on fiction.

Next up: research strategies. Here’s why research skills are essential: ten minutes of research can take fiction (or nonfiction) from so-so to sensational.

But how much research do you need to do? And when? I’m prepping a class on simple, easy and powerful research strategies. If you have questions about aspects of researching, please let me know.

Fiction Exercises: When You’re Not In The Mood To Write

Not in the mood to write? Clearing your mind can be a challenge. Fiction exercises help to get you into the mood and trigger your imagination. Fiction exercises prime the pump: kickstart your imagination Experiment with these fiction exercises from Commercial Fiction Secrets: Plot Your Novel In 60 Minutes Or Less. They’ll help you to get into the mood to … Read more

Writing Fiction: 3 Reasons To Write In Scenes

A reader asked why I focus on scenes when writing fiction. It’s a good question, because there are many reasons. “Because I’m lazy,” I said. Although I meant it as a joke, it’s nevertheless true. Life’s too short to bend your brain writing a lot of material you’ll toss away in revision. When you focus on scenes, you leave out … Read more

Begin A Freelancing Career: Get Paid To Write Today

Recently I’ve received lots of questions from freelance beginners; they want to get paid to write, but how do you get started? You have a couple of options: Write something like a book or an online course and sell your creation; or Offer your writing services—that is, sell your writing skills. Want to get paid to write? Sell your skills … Read more