On Writing

Sneaky writers show, and tell

paint brushes

Kara sat in class slouched over. She frequently glanced at the clock, counting down until when the period would be over. She doodled in her marble notebook and planned out her weekend. The school’s art fair was on Saturday, and she was excited to present her newest paintings. After English class, she’d speak to Mrs. …

Business

Starting a Freelance Career

Working from Home

Being a freelancer is fun. You get to work for yourself. Yes, you’re right: no boss leaning over your shoulder, or battling the early commute’s traffic. It does have its benefits. According to Forbes and Tech.co, the freelance industry has grown and will continue to drastically. If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer, or already …

Daily Life

The Art of Starting (and Finishing)

you are a priority

Is it harder for you to start something new, or finish something old? Most writers struggle with one or the other (if not unfortunately both). But it isn’t only writers who have this issue. It’s people. We either fail to start what we want to do one day, or finally do but never finish. It’s …

On Writing, Self-publishing, Uncategorized

Self-publishing: The Editing Stage

Lesson One for Self-publishing: your book is not finished after you have written it. The second stage in getting your book published is having it professionally edited. This stage is necessary regardless of how great a writer you are.

On Writing, Self-publishing, Uncategorized

How Stephen King and Mark Twain became authors

The Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Grey, Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and Mob Dick.   You know what all of these titles have in common? They’re books. Great books — as culture has said — but more than being “great,” they all started the same: a single word written on a blank page. …

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The difference between amateur and professional writers

Art is a discipline. It is a skill. It is a craft. It is something which you must work at regularly, and struggle through the challenges by overcoming one word at a time. Professional writers know this. Amateurs, however, will often say they “write when the muse visits” them. You see, the writers we most …

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How to Prepare You (and Your Book) to be Edited

Congratulations. You have written your manuscript (or article) and have found an editor. This is an exciting process as you become closer to having your work in the hands of readers. However, let us keep first things first. Here’s a quick list of how to prepare for this next stage in your writing journey. Make …

Self-publishing

Why Even Good Writers Need Editors

You can be a writer and an editor. You just can’t be both for yourself. It’s hard to catch your own mistakes. You know how your work is supposed to sound, read, and what emotions you want it to capture. So when you go to edit yourself you still have all these things in mind. …

Daily Life, Finding Purpose

The boy I saw on the 2 train

I’m on the NYC subway taking the 2 train from downtown Brooklyn to Times Square. It’s a week from Christmas on a Friday night. The man sitting across from me appears to be half-drunk, although I know he isn’t. He is smiling and I see his speech is a direct result of his almost toothless …