Archive for the 'Freelancing' Category

On Writing Out In the World

Posted on September 7, 2011 - Filed Under Freelancing | 3 Comments

I’m nearing 2 years of freelance writing. No, it’s not a career. Don’t even say that. That’s so corporate man. Okay whatever. So earlier this month I decided to give up my office. Why? Well one of the reasons that I got an office in the first place was because I tended to get very [...]

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Here’s the retarded shit you have to put up with as a freelance writer

Posted on August 26, 2011 - Filed Under Freelancing | Leave a Comment

Yeah I’m done with work today. Part of being a freelance writer is reading all the stuff that other freelancers write about to stay on top of things. It’s no secret that top 10 lists are some of the best ways to drive traffic and, quite honestly, organize information. But some people take it too [...]

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My #1 Writing Tip

Posted on June 2, 2011 - Filed Under Article, Freelancing | Leave a Comment

Improve the flow of your writing. I would say, about 2/3 of the time that I tell someone that I am a writer, it always comes to this question: So do you have any writing tips for me? There are some things you learn over time by practice. However there is one thing that I [...]

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Exciting News!

Posted on May 10, 2011 - Filed Under Freelancing | 2 Comments

My book reviews tend to be the more popular articles on my website. It turns out that other people want to read them as well. Starting next week, the Alexandria Times is going to be publishing my book reviews. AND I am getting paid for it. This is the beginning, I’m hoping to get in [...]

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Ads I Will Never Answer Again

Posted on May 9, 2011 - Filed Under Freelancing | Leave a Comment

Back when I first started out freelance writing, I would take anything. At the beginning I was earning like half a cent per word. Garbage. At a certain point I learned to become more discriminating about the jobs that I would apply for. Sometimes you can tell that you are applying for something low grade. [...]

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Writing Quote!

Posted on April 28, 2011 - Filed Under Freelancing | Leave a Comment

I sent stuff to The New Yorker when I was in college and then for ten years thereafter before they accepted something. I used to paper my wall with their rejection slips. And they were not making a mistake. Writers develop slowly. -John McPhee from

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The Sedentary Lifestyle

Posted on April 19, 2011 - Filed Under Freelancing | 5 Comments

This has been in the news for a while, but the NYT reported a study, last week, talking about how sitting for a long time is very very bad for you. Obviously, this is something that is important for freelancers to deal with, so why don’t I talk about some solutions. 1) The standing desk. [...]

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The Myth of the “Zero Inbox”

Posted on April 12, 2011 - Filed Under Freelancing | 1 Comment

The only thing you are stressing out about is stress itself. I have come a long way with inbox management. In college I abused my university-issue address. I remember trying to clean it up one time, I probably would have lost a weekend to clicking (there was no way I was going to ‘read’ something [...]

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Writing Tip

Posted on February 3, 2011 - Filed Under Article, Freelancing | Leave a Comment

Want to be a better writer? Forget about the thesaurus. Every time I read an article about ‘How to Get Started as  Freelance Writer’, they say that you should have two books: A Dictionary A Thesaurus First of all, this is 2011. You have the best dictionary available for free at your fingertips on the [...]

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Book Review: “The Design of Everyday Things” by Donald A. Norman

Posted on November 17, 2010 - Filed Under Book Review, Freelancing | 2 Comments

I’ll start with a tale of two sinks. In my current house, in the kitchen there are two knobs, one for hot one for cold. Then there is a faucet that swivels from side to side.  I burn my hands when I rinse dishes. I can’t wash gunk into the drain. If the sink has [...]

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