When you're a creative, you need a creative place to work. Otherwise, how do you get your neurons firing each day? Maybe my workspace won't show up in a magazine, but it encourages my brain to function in the delightfully strange ways I love.
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.
Everyone finds themselves intrigued by and fanning over SOMETHING. Before you know it, you've purchased every book in a series, watched every movie, and collected every piece of memorabilia you can lay your fingers on. And - if you're a writer - you might have dabbled at playing around in the world. Fan fiction's one of the best ways to job you're writing brain. And you never know when it'll lead you to the next best idea.
The internet makes life easy in plenty of ways. That's a good thing - and a terrible thing. Suddenly, lazy people feel they have permission to snap wholesale sentences, paragraphs, and even entire articles and submit them as their own. Plagiarism's alive and well - and thriving. And it needs to stop.
If you're writing, you spend HOURS staring at a computer screen. And that work takes a toll on your body. You might think about various ergonomic solutions. But you probably forget about your eyes. And you WILL pay for it down the road if you leave out this handy switch.
Everyone knows the importance of vacations. But you're probably doing things wrong. If you follow the usual routine of a vacation, you're missing out on a goldmine for your writer brain. And the worst part? You'll never even know.
Regardless of what you choose to write, you need to introduce variety. The same monotonous pattern will put your readers to sleep. There's more to it than that, though. With the right number of words, you can create mood and influence the way your readers engage with the story.
When you work as a freelancer, you focus on your craft. That makes sense. But you also have to devote part of your time to marketing and self-promotion. And that isn't always easy. Especially for those of us who identify as introverts. It's a learning process - one that doesn't get easier.
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.
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.