November means one thing for writers: NaNoWriMo. If you've never participated, you don't know what you're missing out on. The 30-day challenge presents more than it may seem on the outside. And if you're struggling to get words on paper, it's the perfect exercise.
No one should stop learning. Imbibing knowledge is what makes you a better person. You can always find different sources to feed your brain. And if you're a freelance writer? One of those places is the Freelance Writers Den. Which just happens to be open for membership for a few more days.
As a writer, getting your name out there becomes a goal (obsession). And you'll explore plenty of avenues to achieve that dream. One that people often overlook is the personal essay. Which is crazy because the writing involved isn't complicated, and you'll find plenty of sources ready and willing to accept a polished piece.
The world's reached a point where most of us rely on some form of technology. That's reasonable, but there's an "ancient" writing tool that no writer worth their salt should abandon. And if you don't have at least ONE notebook squirreled away, can you actually call yourself a writer?
"Work smarter, not harder." That's the adage, anyway. Turns out, there's some truth to it. And it only took me nine months to figure out how much EXTRA work I was creating for myself. Or that I only needed to undertake one simple step to make things easier. Oh, well - luckily, you CAN teach old dogs new tricks.
"Follow your heart, but take your brain." People will let quote that to you whenever you start getting excited over things. It sounds like a letdown, but there's truth behind the words, especially when it comes to writing.
It takes bravery to let outsiders handle your writing. However, the feedback you receive is valuable. One of the best resources writers have available is workshops. You get the feedback from a number of people with different backgrounds in one place (some more useful than others, but that's the risk you take).
No writer is perfect (hate to break it to you). Everyone has off days, mental synapse fails, and finger slips on the keyboard. Avoiding sharing such embarassments with the world is simple with the invention of such AI programs as Grammarly. However, there's a catch: the programs AREN'T infallible.
As soon as you have more than one piece of writing, some form of tracking becomes imperative. Where is it? Where's it been? How long's it been there? All of this information is actually important, and no one is capable of retaining this information in their brain alone.
There's nothing wrong if you're the kind of writer who still shuffles note cards around on your desk or wall, but if you want to move forward a bit, technology has developed an equivalent in the form of Evernote.