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    50 Writing Tips from the Experts

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinWhat better place to find writing advice than from experienced writers? Here are 50 writing tips from some of the world’s best. Got a great quote that I missed? Tell me in the comments. 1. The first draft of everything is shit. –Ernest Hemingway 2.Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. – Neil Gaiman 3.Write drunk, edit sober. – Ernest Hemingway 4. Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting. – Jonathan Franzen 5. The road to hell is paved with adverbs. – Stephen King 6.  If it sounds…

  • Content and Copywriting

    Judge Ye Not Journalist/Blogger/Writer

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin Mean Writers Suck A while back a got a message from a reader informing me that I’m not a journalist. I’m sure many bloggers get messages like this since some journalists feel threatened by internet writing. Some say blogs and content sites are taking away their jobs. Others say the internet is lowering journalistic standards. Now, don’t think I have a vendetta against journalists. I went to J-school (what journalists call journalism school), actually. I was my college’s newspaper editor, as well as the editor of a college club’s newspaper. Just because I blog or write for the internet doesn’t make me a bumpkin. Just because another writer…

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    Winning. Duh.: How Writers Can Win After the Google Change

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin Charlie Sheen in Better Times, 2009 Creative Commons I have to admit, I’m a popcorn munching watcher of the train wreck which is becoming Charlie Sheen. Throughout his rants, though, is one message that I love: Winning. Duh. A lot of writers right now feel like they are loosing after the changes Google has been making. So, in Charlie Sheen style… Quick! Think of three things you like about your writing career. Don’t feel like you’re winning yet? Then try these tips for overcoming Googlepocalypse: Google love niche sites, so start writing for them. Create your own site or blog that focuses on a common theme. Go back…

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    Writing When You’re at Your Worst

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin There are two conditions that can keep me from writing anything: the flu and large amounts of stress. Now, most freelance writing veterans will tell you to muscle through and write no matter what. I believe that sometimes you need to stop and learn your limits. I used to be part of the man-up-and-do-your-job tribe. That was until I wrote an article while I had the flu. I was on a deadline and my article needed to be turned in within the next few days. So, I pumped myself full of flu medicine and wrote my little heart out. I edited the article and sent it on its…