10 Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo 2013

10 Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo 2013 Fiddleback requested some advice for people attempting NaNoWriMo, and I’m happy to oblige him. Without further ado, here’s what worked for me to finish 43k words in 21 days last year (and I would’ve won, too, if it hadn’t been for a week-long visit to NY to visit family for Thanksgiving). Luckily, we’ve got five weekends this year to kick some ass, so let’s do this! Lesson #1: Coffee in the AM, Beer in the PM I like to have something to sip on when I’m writing. In the morning, caffeine helps me feel energized and creative to...

NaNoPrepMo ’14: Five Writing Resource Sites

NaNoPrepMo ’14: Five Writing Resource Sites It’s not quite October yet, but the internet is already gearing up for another awesome year of NaNoWriMo! Here are a handful of sites chock full of writing resources to get your creative juices flowing or help you along the journey: #1. StoryToolz.com This simple and clean site has a number of tools that are eminently useful to WriMo’s, including random generators, word counters, and prose analyzers. #2. Writer’s Digest Writing Articles Writer’s Digest is ultimately a company specializing in selling you writing advice and help, but they have...

Five Tips for Submitting to a Freelance Writing Open Call

Five Tips for Submitting to a Freelance Writing Open Call If you’ve ever thought about submitting a resume and writing sample to a company, there are a few basic guidelines you can follow to help maximize your chances of landing a trial assignment. These are drawn from my own experiences wading through the “slush pile” of freelance writer applications, so take that for what it’s worth. Follow the submission instructions. Companies need freelancers who can follow directions, so sending in something extraneous or omitting something mandatory can be a big strike against you. Organize your resume so that...

NaNoPrepMo ’13: Five Free Writing Guides

NaNoPrepMo ’13: Five Free Writing Guides I was poking through my writing folder this morning and realized I had collected several free writing guides over the years. So I’ve tracked them down again for you to take advantage of without having to shell out the cash moneys (I’d also recommend looking in the 808 Non-fiction section of your local library). It’s September again and there’s less than two months til NaNoWriMo! I’ve decided I’m going to go for it this year, this time without pesky things like classes and homework to worry about–just work, life, and visiting...

Five Freelance Writing Pitfalls

Five Freelance Writing Pitfalls I have a fabulous job where I get to work with writers on a daily basis (and even get to do some ghostwriting of my own on a somewhat regular basis). In the short time I’ve spent working there, I’ve realized that if you want to be serious about freelance writing, there are (at least) five things you need to make sure you’ve addressed before you go looking for work. 1. Know Your WPH (Words Per Hour) Do you know what your “average” words per hour rate is? Do you know what part of the day you write the most, what impact your energy level...

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