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Listening to Your Freelance Clients

It's amazing how reality and your perceptions rarely line up. No matter if you did all your research beforehand, when you're actually in the middle of the situation, it's an entirely different story. What's worse, your head can understand, but your heart may refuse to listen. And so when you finally arrive at your destination, instead of excitement, you're left with a sick stomach and wondering if you made the wrong decision. I've arrived, and I have a stomach ache. I find this especially ironic considering that, according to the Huffington Post, [...]

By | June 8th, 2015|Blog, Freelance, Writing|0 Comments

10 Reasons To Be a Writer

There are many reasons to be a writer. In fact, it's far more difficult to come up with reasons why not to be a writer than why you should be a writer. The list below hits the high points. 1. You look hip   Enjoy it while it lasts. It's popular to be a nerd. Writers rejoice. Embrace your hip, introverted, emo self and write like there's no tomorrow.   2. You get to read.   Writers get the opportunity to read more often. In fact, writers are expected to [...]

By | June 3rd, 2015|Blog, Content, Creative, Writing|0 Comments

Which Style Guide Is Right for You?

There are a multitude of different grammar and writing style guides available on the market. Each guide is appropriate to use, and you can't go wrong as long as you choose a specific style guide and stick to it. However, I won't deny that this process can be frustrating. It's part of the English language. If you can write "that that" in a sentence then you have to accept that there are multiple correct ways to write the same sentence. The following blog will hopefully grant you a little bit of [...]

By | June 1st, 2015|Blog, Content, Digital Marketing, Writing|0 Comments

Novella Sneak Peek: Shadow Riddle

I've been working on a novella the last few weeks. One day, I was just sitting at my computer and the premise jumped into my head. I loved the idea, it sounded fun, and so it began. The following are in rough draft format so please excuse any errors. Premise The Between Lands lie in small pockets between the human realm. Here, magic thrives and every fairytale, myth, and deity lives as a part of the Fae races. When these two worlds collide chaos is inevitable, which is why the inhabitants of the [...]

By | May 28th, 2015|Blog, Creative, Short Story, Writing|0 Comments

Best-Laid Writing Plans

Freelance writing is not an easy business. There are countless opportunities for distraction. It's difficult to find open opportunities that interest you and fit your experience. You're competing against other talented writers and so standing out in the crowd is not a simple matter. You have to find a balance between writing for yourself and writing for clients. I love quotes that say, "If you're a writer, you're writing." Right. It's that easy. I'm a writer. I love to write. I have stories floating around in my head and I [...]

By | May 25th, 2015|Blog, Personal, Writing|0 Comments

An In Depth Look at Urban Fantasy

I'm an Urban Fantasy nut. This wasn't always the case, but in the last 3 - 5 years, I've probably read every major Urban Fantasy series I could get my hands on. I might be a little obsessed, but that's fine with me. What is Urban Fantasy? Urban Fantasy is a story set in our world but with fantastical elements and rules that make it unique. This means that in an Urban Fantasy story your setting can be New York City but if magic was real, vampires existed, or Fae roamed [...]

By | May 21st, 2015|Blog, Creative, Writing|0 Comments

Writing and Research

Writing and research go hand-in-hand. You really can't do one well without the other. All writing, whether you're writing articles, blogs, or novels, requires a measure of research to provide realism and improve your story-telling. I love and hate research in equal measure. It's easy to get caught up in research. When I need information or fact-checking, I can find myself scouring the Internet for hours at a time. The issue is finding appropriate research-worthy websites or databases. Even worse, too many websites contradict each other and so then it [...]

By | May 18th, 2015|Blog, Content, Writing|1 Comment

5 Ways to Write in Voice

When you're a freelance writer, writing in a particular voice and with certain characteristics is vital. You can't write like "you" all the time, unless you're your only client. Instead, you have to learn to be a chameleon and write like whomever is necessary. Each brand and company has their own style and you have to be able to mimic it in order to succeed. It's not always easy, but I've found that the following five tips can be a big help. Define the voice and characteristics. Okay, this might sound [...]

By | May 14th, 2015|Blog, Content, Writing|0 Comments

Writing a Short Story

Short Story (noun): 1. An invented prose narrative, shorter than a novel, usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot. —Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary I love short stories. They are typically under 10,000 words and give you a freedom to create any type of story imaginable. With a short story, a lot of the conventions of a typical novel can be thrown out the window. That makes it incredibly fun and incredibly difficult. Just like any writing, [...]

By | May 12th, 2015|Blog, Personal, Short Story, Writing|0 Comments

Writing and Comic Con

I recently had the pleasure of attending my very first Comic Con (C2E2). I have a large inner nerd and I'm very proud of her. No, I didn't do any cosplay this time around, I much prefer to be the silent watcher and observer.  It's a symptom of my introverted personality and being a writer. As a writer, I like to watch the world and Comic Con was a perfect opportunity to observe. I mean, who wouldn't want to walk by a troop of Star Wars characters? Besides the amazing [...]

By | May 7th, 2015|Blog, Content, Creative, Personal, Writing|0 Comments