On writing, deadlines, and the flu

our dog Layla

What’s the best medicine for the flu? You might think it’s Tamiflu® or Theraflu® or maybe honey and whiskey (tea?). My wife’s doctor recommended cough medicine plus Tylenol®. (What’s with all the T-medicines, anyway?) Each of those products may be fine for treating the symptoms. What about a cure for the flu? Turns out, the […]

The New Year is here. How will you prosper?

Happy New Year

Aught-thirteen has arrived, with all the hope and promise of a New Year’s blank slate. How will you chalk up success in the next twelve months? What are your goals for 2013? Do you want to …  increase your freelance writing income? complete your first novel? “break through” and get published? grow your audience? sell […]

How do you find time to write?

Writing her heart out

These days, with dozens of digital distractions, writers have to physically block out time to write. It hasn’t always been this way, of course. When I first started writing, we didn’t even have VCR’s, and the only “Mario and Luigi” we knew owned competing pizza shops. I was four years old. I had made a […]

Branding yourself as a Writer: What’s in your name?

Girl with cool T-shirt

“The power of truly mindful branding is mighty, indeed. “ “It’s the reeaall thing, Coke is…” How about this one, “Ho, ho, ho, Green Giant!”? Certainly, bologna’s first and second names do not escape us easily… Now be honest, you sang those little ditties out loud when you saw them, didn’t you? The power of […]

Writing vs Social Networking: Which “pie” is yours?

Cherry Pie Chart for aspiring authors

What part of your writing workday is actually spent writing? How much time do you invest in Social Networking? [InfoGraphic] Time spent Writing versus Social Networking, for aspiring authors [InfoGraphic] After months of careful observations and interactions with people like me — folks with more than one job who host small-market websites and write for […]

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