Funniest Quotes From Friends and Relatives About Freelancing

Freelancing raises many questions with people you’re close with. Since the majority of the world is sprinting to the train at 7:00 AM in nice clothes and sitting in a cubicle, the very thought of working from home and managing your own business is silly. Over my freelancing years I’ve heard some interesting statements and questions […]

16 Best Chrome Extensions for Writing and Blogging

If you don’t currently use Chrome as your web browser I would encourage you to give it a try since it’s your best bet for customization, security, speed and synchronization between devices. I wanted to put together a list of the best Chrome extensions for writing and blogging to help people stay productive and complete tasks […]

32 Best WordPress Plugins for Writers

  Building a WordPress blog is an essential step in gaining a readership and potentially making money online as a writer. One of the best things about creating a self-hosted WordPress blog is that you have access to a huge database of plugins to make your site cooler than you could ever do on your […]

Amazon Click Through Chaos – October 12, 2014

Alrighty, one of my favorite movie podcasts, the Film Vault, does an interesting segment on their show, thanking people who click through their Amazon affiliate links, and showcasing the more interesting click-throughs. Now it’s my turn to look at the Amazon click-throughs I have seen over the past few weeks and say thank you for […]

Get Paid to Write? Ha! Why People Request Free Writing

I like to get paid to write, but just last week I received an email asking me to send in two free writing samples, even though I submitted about forty previously written samples in my portfolio. They wanted to see that I could write in their niche. Fair enough, but at least pay me for it, dick. If you […]

Best Things to Do in Chicago for Writers and Creatives

As a resident of Chicago for most of my life (besides my four-year haze in Bloomington, IN,) I tend to walk or ride my bike along the long paths and streets filled with honking cars to find the best things to do in Chicago for writers and other creatives. I’ve always thought of Chicago as […]

Han Solo on Beta Readers and Writing Critiques

Photo Credit: Sam Howzit from flickr. As I approach the publication of a new book and test the waters with new critique groups in the city I have started to compile tips and tricks on how to work with beta readers and writing critiques based on my recent mistakes and successes. This is a point […]

Solutions for Those Who Just Want to Write, and Not Market Their Writing

Whenever I write a short story and send it off to a publication, or rattle off a dozen blog posts during the week for my freelance clients, I sit back and think about if the work I’m doing is worthwhile. Do I enjoy my writing? Am I remaining true to myself? Is my work making a […]

Never Mistake Motion for Action – Decoding Ernest

Never mistake motion for action These are popular words spoken by an artist that some people like to consider famous. Ernest Hemingway dropped numerous lines that shape the way authors and writers mold words, but for some reason the motion vs. action quote grabbed my attention. What does that mean exactly? I heard it from my […]

Word Count or Time Goal? Which Gets More Writing Done?

A day in the life of a writer requires discipline and a constant battle with distractions and personal demons that tell you your writing isn’t worth squat. I wake up in the morning, pry myself out of bed and sulk around thinking that a bowl of cereal or cup of tea is the next piece […]