Five steps to a great LinkedIn profile

A couple of years ago, I was one of those people who bemoaned, “Ah, my LinkedIn profile! I’ll get it updated . . . someday.” Yet week after week, month after month, it sat on my “when I have time” list. It didn’t seem important enough to spend focused effort making it awesome. Plus, I […]

What to Expect When Hiring a Ghostwriter

When I see a new book by a celebrity or politician, my first thought is always the same: I wonder what professional writer behind the scenes helped make it happen. That’s because I am one of those writers. I’ve written hundreds of articles and several books—almost all for other people. Sometimes I’m credited on a […]

My new relationship with social media

It’s been nearly a month since I went off the grid. On November 1, Off the Grid October (OTGO) ends, and New Relationship with Social Media November begins. Actually, that’s not just a November thing. I plan to make redefining my relationship with social a forever thing. When I originally went off social media, I […]

Writing your entrepreneurial story

  In a previous post about retrofitting creativity, I discussed the difficulty entrepreneurs—especially creative entrepreneurs—often have in helping other people understand how all their career pieces fit together. I wrote: What looks like a gap is actually growth. What seems like a failure is really a necessary foundational piece by which you build your entire […]

4 simple steps to publishing your first book

When Reedsy founder and CEO Emmanuel Nataf reached out to me recently on LinkedIn, I was intrigued. A platform that integrates editing, design, and publication? No more worry about version control? Easily find creatives to help make your book happen?  No way, I thought. But it’s true: it exists.  While I’m new to the site, […]

Retrofitting Creativity

  Nothing gives me more anxiety than filling out a form detailing my career past. Role? Length at position? Responsibilities? None of these fit for me. Worse yet, when I’ve tried to retrofit my creative life to a standard trajectory, I end up sounding, well . . . scattered. Explaining how every piece of my […]

Reverse Journaling Video

How Reverse Journaling Helps Bring Focus and Clarity (Video)

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpKo-pWTJSg[/youtube]   When I was a high school English teacher, I started every class with a journal prompt. As I watched my students come in the door, sit down, and work on their journals each class period, I felt like I was seeing a transformation take place before my eyes. They changed from […]

8 Strategies for Freelance Success

Freelancing. It can be a wonderful, enriching, financially rewarding career—or it can become an “oops” in a long list of work failures. I’ve learned several strategies that lead to success as a freelancer. Here are eight of them. 1. Set goals. Whether you’re starting a new business or reinvigorating an existing one, it’s crucial to […]

5 Things Led Zeppelin Taught Me about Juggling Projects (Guest Post)

This week, I’m joined by Jesse Moneyhun, a writer, editor, and musician who also happens to be my fantastic intern. Since he’s heading back to college in a week, it seemed fitting for him to share some of his insights. After all, isn’t college all about juggling projects? And Jesse seems to do a better […]

What Training Do Freelance Editors and Writers Need?

Many professions have guidelines regarding who can enter the field. Surgeons, for example, must go through medical school, pass the boards, and receive a license. Lawyers have to make it through law school and then pass the bar exam. Massage therapists have to go through school and become licensed. You can’t even cut hair without […]