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Gracefully Losing Your Job or Big Freelance Clients

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I’m a product of a lost job. I walked home from work one day, told my roommate I might have trouble paying the rent and figured out a way to squeeze my way back into my parents’ home after just a few years out of college. I knew I had to pick myself back up, but losing your job stings to the point that you don’t want to figure out your life or listen to anyone’s advice.

Clearly this lifestyle wasn’t sustainable for the long term but in the short term it sure as hell beat the crap out of going to the office.

Nigel Marsh combines humor and inspiration, as he documents his year journey after getting let go in the 2011 book Fat, Forty and Fired.

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His bluntness and overall optimistic outlook on getting fired connects with even the most desperate job losers.

This outlook was much needed when I first lost my job. I luckily always managed a small freelance writing business, but it didn’t make me much of a living–maybe enough to eat, but nothing else. It’s when I started discovering what I like to call writer’s anxiety. But that’s part of the writing adventure–your downfalls are what help you grow, and there’s a good chance you’ll remember the tough times the most.
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My Favorite Writing Apps for iPhone and Android

Writing Apps for iPhone and Android

I have an iPhone, but prior to my switch I was a hardcore Android nut who loved to talk poorly about Apple products to my sister, a Steve Jobs worshiper. That said, there are plenty of writing apps for iPhone and Android that allow me to compile … [Continue reading]

How to Write a Book With Key Scrivener Tips and Tricks

How to Write a Book With Scrivener Tips and Tricks

Scrivener is one of the many writing tools I recommend in my Tools of the Trade section. We've learned about how and why you should put together an email list, how to market your works through RSS feeds and how you don't need inspiration to write … [Continue reading]

Immutable Marketing Laws for Writers

Immutable Marketing Laws for Writers

I watched a video with Tim Ferriss the other day, in an attempt to find some quality sourcing advice for a new product I'm entertaining in my head. Tim Ferriss wrote the Four Hour Work Week, along with several other books. He's an excellent … [Continue reading]

The Best Writers are Actors at Heart

Best Writers are Actors

Jon Favreau recently stated in an interview that he didn't have to learn much about cooking for his film Chef because he loves cooking in real life. However, for the Iron Man movies he needed to read books filled with technical jargon for guns and … [Continue reading]

An Experienced Editor Shows How to Avoid Common Editing Notes

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Photo Credit: Sebastien Wiertz Guest Post Note: Shayla is an editor and writer for Curiouser Editing. She publishes a grammar magazine each month entitled Curiouser Magazine. You can keep up with her grammar tips, funny pictures, and book reviews … [Continue reading]

What Comcast Taught Me About Distractions

What Comcast Taught Me About Distractions

Distractions. Distractions. Distractions. The World Cup is a big one for me right now. It's usually a combination of Facebook and a TBS marathon. I don't include books as distractions, because those help improve my writing. The horror of true … [Continue reading]

Why Literally Losing My Friends Helped Me Grow

losing my friends helped me grow

Some of you may know that I used to live with four other roommates--apparently trying to extend my college years. We all recently moved out because two of them got jobs in San Diego, another in Denver and another up and got married. This left me in … [Continue reading]

The Glory of Word Count Combat

word count combat

I chatted with a long time friend a few weekends ago, and he told me of his experience bouncing around from set to set out in Los Angeles as a Production Assistant. His dream is to become a screenwriter, but in the meantime he's been making contacts … [Continue reading]

91 Things I’ve Learned About Writing For Money

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Over my years of writing for tech companies and running my own writing blog, I have learned quite a few valuable lessons. So what better way to share these lessons than by sharing them with you? Take a look at the list of things I have learned … [Continue reading]