Are you a grammar nerd?

I’ve always considered myself a lover of language. Since as early as junior high, I had an innate understanding of English—almost like I could sense the editing a piece of writing needed. But being 13 and obsessed with boys and lipgloss, I didn’t recognize at the time just what my deep connection to the written […]

Learning Your Value: Why It’s Critical to Charge What You’re Worth

I started my business from a one-bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Our only air conditioning unit was in the bedroom, and with the Caribbean heat, that often meant I camped out on my bed to get work done. I didn’t have a desk or any real space to store my files and office […]

What’s It Like to Be a Freelancer? Here’s a Look

Fifty-three million. That’s the number of freelancers in the U.S.—more than one in three workers—according to a study by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. Of that number, over 21 million are considered independent contractors, working on a project-to-project basis with no employer. Professional writers—often called content marketers—fit into all categories of freelancing, from full time freelance […]

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8 of the Best Writing Quotes of All Time

I love quotes. I’m the person who writes quotes down on little scraps of paper and tapes them to the wall. And while I hate going through and sorting the endless paper stacks in my office, I love finding quotes tucked between bills and book outlines, meeting notes and client contracts. Quotes are just…magical, somehow. […]

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 […]

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 1: Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5AxAVgA_rc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] I’m excited to be involved in this year’s Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous, coming up May 1-3 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. The lineup of speakers is phenomenal, and the classes and events that make up this three-day writing conference are sure to inspire even the most hesitant writers to start (or […]

5 Tips for Setting Up a Writing Space

My writing space has shifted a lot over the years. It’s grown and changed right along with my life and business. In the Dominican Republic, I wrote on my bed, mostly because the bedroom was the only room with air conditioning. I could hear the street sounds of Santo Domingo rise up to our fifth-story […]

Why a Writing Routine Matters and How to Start One

I meet a lot of writers. I also meet a lot of “writers.” You know who I’m talking about: people who want to write, or say they do, but actually do more talking about writing than actual writing. If you fall into the latter group, don’t worry. There is no judgment here. But I would […]