There are a lot of different types of writers. What they all have in common is that there comes a day when they think, “Hmmm. I can’t think of anything to write about.” I often say that if you can’t think of anything to write about, you aren’t paying attention to the life going on around you. If you literally mean you can’t think of anything to write about, this is very true. After all, surely something interesting happened to you on the way to work, or in the garage, or while you were picking up lunch. Maybe your kids did […]
As the holidays approach, I’ll be asked, as always, what I want for a present. Then, others will stop and ask me what is a good gift for a writer, or a good gift for a developer, or just a good gift for a freelancer. And, the truth is, there are lots of great gifts for freelance writers and other freelance types. But, this idea popped up recently, and I thought it would be one of many good ideas for Christmas gifts or a birthday present, or even a thank you gift for a writer or freelancer. Caffeine You’ve heard […]
Blogging a real post using the WordPress Android app and a cellphone.
If you have a writing business, or you are researching about how to start as a freelance writer, you have probably heard the advice to get on Twitter. You’ve probably also read about people who got clients from Twitter, or writing gigs off Twitter. It’s true, it happens, but you can’t just create an account, and tweet out a bunch of self-serving links to your website. You have to build Twitter just like any other networking opportunity, otherwise, you’re just the electronic equivalent of that guy who shows up at a writing group and starts handing out business cards without […]
WordPress 4.0 is out. As always, I waited a few days to see if there was any panic in the techosphere, or whatever we’re calling it these days. After seeing no real complaints, I’ve upgraded a couple of sites, including this one, and it went off without a hitch. As always, have a backup first, just in case. I haven’t had a lot of time to dig into what is new in the latest WordPress version that matters for us writers, but I have noticed one really great new feature so far. Before WordPress 4.0, if you wrote something long […]
Tax deductions for writers is one of the topics that gets asked about a lot. I’ve always been a bit leery about writing a list of writer deductions because things are always different for different situations. However, the truth is that many IRS deductions for writers are fairly standard in that most writers qualify for the same general kinds of tax deductions. Therefore, I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and jump right in. Well… maybe throwing caution to the wind is a bit much. Let’s start with a tiny bit of caution. IRS Deductions Writers First of all, in […]
This week, a U.S. Senator (appointed, not elected) was forced to withdraw from his race to actually be elected Senator after it was discovered that he had plagiarized a large portion of an academic thesis decades ago. Lest, you think this is just politics as usual, you may be interested to know that Senator Walsh, a Democrat, is not the first politician to be undone by academic cheating. A few years ago, Colorado candidate for governor, and former U.S. Congressman, Scott McInnis, a Republican, was undone by similar charges. Instead, most reporters are writers. And professional writers find plagiarism to […]
Everyone talks about AP Style, but does anyone know what it is? Here is the rundown on the ubiquitous AP Style and The Associated Press Stylebook.
One of the many reasons I work as a freelancer is that it gives my substantial flexibility with my schedule. This is very important to my family because it allows me to take kids to school, pick kids up from school, and even participate in the classroom as a volunteer at various times. That doesn’t mean I get to work whenever I want to, per se, but it does mean that I can shift my work hours to the evening or weekends if necessary. However, at the start of every summer, my professional life undergoes a major upheaval. How To […]
Through the years, many people have said that the shower is where they do some of their best thinking. For me, some of my best thinking occurs in the car. You know, when you have a task you have to be doing, so you can’t really do much other than think thoughts in your head? I’ve often thought that if I could just get what I write in my head while driving typed out into the computer, my writing would be better, more clever, and much more efficient. Alas, typing while driving doesn’t really work. Fortunately, I’ve found that the […]