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[Writer’s Life] Finding Inspiration

[Writer’s Life] Finding Inspiration

People often ask “where do you find your ideas?” Well, they’re everywhere. the girl sitting on the steps, smoking, looking dejected the guy skateboarding down the middle of the street the cat on the roof next door the song that won’t leave your head the whiff of rosemary the taste of risotto the neighbor’s argument the woman who crowds you in the grocery line the age spots on her hands a hookup the bald spot he tries to hide the dog…

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How to Build Your Tribe

How to Build Your Tribe

Before writing another word, I have two questions: What authors do you follow? Why? If you’d like to stop for five minutes and make a list of your answers, go ahead because this is important stuff. I’ll give you a few of my own just to get things going: Novels of Doug Preston and Lincoln Child: Because their Agent Pendergast is the quirkiest, most unpredictable and brilliant character I’ve ever read. I just purchased their Pendergast book #14. Can’t wait to dig in….

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Be a Full-Time Writer – How to Make the Transition from Part-Time

Be a Full-Time Writer – How to Make the Transition from Part-Time

What’s your idea of the day-to-day life of a full-time writer? Mine was getting up when I wanted (which has always been pretty early), walking to my local coffee shop, reading the newspaper, then jumping into an exciting assignment. Do you know what? That’s pretty much how it turned out. Here’s how it happened for me, and I’m hoping my path will give you ideas for walking your own. Have a Clear Goal My goal was to write for magazines then eventually get…

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Write What You Love? Yes or No?

Write What You Love? Yes or No?

  The majority of the magazine articles and web content I used to write weren’t about topics I love. In fact, most were on topics that I had no hand in choosing. As a fulltime freelance writer, this was my business model and it worked just fine. But now, 29 books and countless articles later, I’m at a place in my life – and my business – that I’m being challenged to take a hard look at the work I produce….

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When Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job?

When Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job?

When I first started writing for magazines I managed to collect my (not) fair share of rejection letters. However, I persisted in writing queries and improving my pitch. One day, the dam broke open and I was faced with a choice I was happy to make: Quit my job and jump full force into being a freelancer OR Keep my job and try to eke enough hours out of the day to fulfill my magazine assignments. For awhile, I continued…

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