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Survival 101: Succesfully Work from Home

It's a jungle out there, and it's a madhouse in here. Why? I work from home. Yes, I said the magic phrase, "work from home." It gave you the tingles, didn't it? 80-90% of the U.S. would like to telecommute at least part-time, and that's because it sounds amazing. Are you picturing waking up, grabbing your laptop, and working from bed? Sure you are! You're also probably imagining weeks in nothing but pajamas, working whatever hours you want, and freedom to do whatever you want. I hate to burst your bubble. [...]

By | July 14th, 2016|Blog, Content, Freelance, Personal, Writing|0 Comments

How Ironman Training Is Helping My Freelance Writing

About three weeks ago, I made a split second decision. I was going to compete in an Ironman. Why not? I run a freelance writing business; I have the time to train. At least, that's my thought. What Is an Ironman? If you don't know what an Ironman competition is, let me break it down. It's a race encompassing three disciplines: swimming, biking, and running. The race is 140.6 miles long and racers have 16 hours to cross the finish line. It's broken down into a: 2.4-mile swim 112-mile bike [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Blog, Content, Digital Marketing, Freelance, Writing|1 Comment

10 Useful Resources for Writers

When you're a writer, the Internet is your best friend and the bane of your existence. It can either swallow your time with social media, funny comics, and news or it can help you research, learn, and grow more than you thought possible. It's all about how you spend your time online. Let's be brutally honest for a second. Getting distracted by the Internet is probably more likely. It's just so easy. But, when you know where to go, it's a resource like no other. I've compiled my 10 favorite resources [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Blog, Content, Creative, Writing|2 Comments

9 Content Writing & Client Satisfaction Tips

The biggest struggle of any freelancer, any business, is client satisfaction. Sometimes it can feel like you are doing your very best, and yet nothing you do is good enough. And unfortunately, sometimes it seems like when it rains it pours. When it comes to content writing, sometimes I hit it the nail on the head, and sometimes I fail. As a freelancer, failure is the worst. There's no one to blame but yourself. If they don't like your content writing, it feels like a reflection on your entire being. Failure [...]

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

World Building 101

There's nothing more fun than world building when writing a story. To be able to create a new world that no one has ever seen or entered before is beyond exciting. There are countless elements that go into world building—some of them easy and some of them difficult. It's when all those elements and pieces come together that you finally have a viable world. So where should you start when world building? Genre Let's be honest, the genre of your story is going to greatly affect your world building. If [...]

By | August 17th, 2015|Blog, Creative, Writing|0 Comments

How to Stay Focused as a Freelancer

In a world of instant gratification, a myriad of distractions, and a higher workload, the ability to stay focused has become more important than ever. It's especially important for a freelance writer, or anyone in the freelancing business to keep their focus. Since according to the Huffington Post, 34% of the workforce in America are now freelancing, figuring out how to stay on track, get work done, and be efficient is vital to success. To be perfectly honest, staying focused as a freelance writer is incredibly difficult. I can't tell [...]

By | August 10th, 2015|Blog, Content, Freelance, Personal, Writing|0 Comments

11 Steps to Write a Great Blog

I need you to write a great blog. What does that even mean? Who's grading the blog to determine whether it's great? What level of greatness is expected? Everyone blogs nowadays, is a great blog even possible? It's true, blogging is a pervasive part of business. What it takes to write a great blog today is not what it took just a few years ago. There's no secret formula to help you write a great blog, but there are definitely key elements that every blog has no matter who is writing it. [...]

By | August 7th, 2015|Blog, Content, Digital Marketing, SEO, Writing|3 Comments

30 Reasons to Write a Book

I can't say that I've always wanted to write a book. I've always loved books. Since I was a young child, I've read anything I could get my hands on. First, I loved books about animals. As I got older, I started liking fantasy and darker fiction. After that, I fell in love with urban fantasy and dystopian. I'll still read almost anything you put in front of me and as long as the writing is compelling, the characters are interesting, and the plot is spell-binding, you've got me hooked. [...]

By | August 3rd, 2015|Blog, Personal, Writing|0 Comments

Writing a Novel Outline

I love to come up with novel ideas. Completing a novel, on the other hand, tends to be far more difficult. What always trips me up is the lack of a novel outline. I have a great idea, I think I know where I'm taking it, and then I get lost. In the past, it's been an endlessly frustrating cycle that goes something like this: I have this great idea for a new story. YAY! Let's get started right away. Okay, chapter 1. Wow, I'm impressed by how well this [...]

By | July 27th, 2015|Blog, Creative, Writing|0 Comments

The Life of an Aspiring Author

I've been an aspiring author for seven years, seven months, and twenty-five days. I've written over three-hundred thousand words. I've worked on six different stories. And I have completed exactly zero novels. There is no honest way that I can say I'm proud of myself. There's no reason why I shouldn't have a completed book by this point. You've heard of serial entrepreneurs, I'm a serial wannabe writer. I'll work on something, write thousands of words, be happy with it, hit a road block, and then toss the whole thing in [...]

By | July 21st, 2015|Blog, Personal, Writing|0 Comments