Bag of Tricks (Tools of the Trade)

50,000 in 30

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.

Bag of Tricks (Tools of the Trade)

Continuous Education for Writers

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.

Bag of Tricks (Tools of the Trade)

Getting Personal

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.

Bag of Tricks (Tools of the Trade)

The Writer’s Best Friend

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?

Bag of Tricks (Tools of the Trade)

Double Vision

"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.

Bag of Tricks (Tools of the Trade)

Outside Opinion

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).