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.

Brain Break (English Class)

Star Trek Disease

What are you supposed to worry about when you write? Spelling, grammar, and punctuation. And everyone learns these tools in school (in theory). Yet you constantly find pieces of work that DON'T use them. And one of the biggest issues? COMMAS! Commas that appear where they don't belong, and commas that DON'T show up. So let's discuss this little mark.

Lightning Strikes (Inspiration)

Hear it “Write”

Everyone's imaginations work differently. And that's a good thing! How else could you end up with so many retellings of the same plot? The same can work if you "look" at sounds. Ask for a description from a group of random people, and you'll never get the same description. Therein lies a potential source of inspiration for your work.

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?

HQ

Business Savvy

When you're in control of your own business, you fret over everything - especially money. You don't have an employer dealing with the taxes for you. And the government? They're not going to cut you any slack. So you fret over every "paycheck" and whether you've set enough aside. But it's also important to remember that you're investing in YOU. And you need to make important decisions that advance your work.