Slogging It Out: Sometimes You Just Have to Suffer Through It

Last weekend, I competed in a half marathon race. I awoke early that morning, had my typical breakfast of avocado toast and coffee, and donned my racing gear. I gathered my running “fuel” of nutrition blocks and electrolyte drink. With my race number secured to the front left leg of my shorts, I got into […]

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 […]

10 Reasons Running Makes You a Better Writer

Writers are not known for living healthful lives. Drinking, smoking, working (or partying) into the wee hours of the evening—these are all more typically attributed to writers than strict diets and exercise regimens. But while those qualities might seem sexier than eating veggies and running a 10K, they don’t do much for a writer’s productivity—or […]

5 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Book Editor

Author’s note: This post originally appeared on JaneFriedman.com, an excellent blog by the fantastic Jane Friedman. It prompted a hot debate, as you’ll see in the comments on her site, and resulted in media coverage all over the web. Since it still remains a popular article, I’m bringing it to my blog for a second […]

2 Software Tools Every Freelancer Needs

I’ve wanted to be a writer since second grade. As I grew, I dreamed of what it would be like to be paid to write. Could there be anything better? But while visions of book signings and big paychecks swirled around my head, I never once thought about the practicalities of being a professional writer. […]

6 Strategies for Making Time to Write

I have so much free time, I don’t know what to do with it all. I finish my client projects early and have no trouble devoting hours to my own writing. In fact, I wish I had more to do! Just kidding. Unfortunately, time is not something many of us have a lot of. If […]

Video Podcast, Episode 2: Epic Advice for Graduates with James Morrell

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGeN3nTGyPY&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] A few weeks back, I was asked to contribute to James Morrell’s new book, Epic Advice for Graduates. My contribution was a top ten list of things I wished I’d known when I graduated high school. There are also lists from 32 other outstanding individuals, loaded with advice every graduate should know. […]

What Every Teen Should Know: Epic Advice for New Graduates | Book

My first day of high school was a bit more intense than average, I think. Having transferred from a small Christian school, I was overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of public school. Piercings. Short skirts. Swear words. Talk of drugs and sex and all sorts of things I’d never been exposed to growing up. […]