Thanksgiving is almost here. For those of you who live outside the U.S., it’s a national holiday during which we gather together with our families, eat ourselves silly and get ready to go hardcore Christmas shopping the next day.
And it’s a time we give thanks for our many blessings.
Now, I expect to see a lot of writers, bloggers and content strategists to post their own Thanksgiving-related content to get some search engine love and that’s fine.
But since this is the first downtime I’ve had in the past few weeks, I’m going to just be honest. And list why I’m thankful to be a writer. Continue reading
Assemble the minions!
(2010, Universal Pictures)
Most of us know what it’s like to be the freelancer trying to get the gig. But how often do we get to see what it’s like on the flip side of the coin? To be the one hiring creative talent?
I’m not talking about hiring other writers or designers to help with your own clients. I’m talking about inbound prospects who only know that they have a problem, that you might be a solution and not much else.
A lot of freelancers give these prospects the brush off because “time is money” and “I only want to work with people who already know my value” and all that. Instead, these prospects could be opportunity knocking.
It just takes a little empathy.
So, as some of you may now, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Also known as “National Write Your A$$ Off Month.”
As a copywriter by trade, NaNoWriMo isn’t constantly on my radar. In fact, I usually only remember that it’s coming up in October, when everyone else starts talking about it.
Last year, I read somewhere that the point of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 and that even if you don’t come up with something useable, you’ve at least proved that you can write 50,000 words and finish a novel in a month, thus breaking that mental barrier that keeps you from finishing a novel in the first place.
Hey, I can work with that.
That was last year. This year I keep reading that it’s best to (*eek!*) prepare for this literary marathon.
Because if you don’t have anything reasonable to edit with when you’re done, you risk ending up with an unpolish-able turd of a book that will consume your writer’s soul.
B-b-b…but what happened to the whole “mental barrier” thing?
Again, that was so last year. Continue reading
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
— Ernest Hemingway
Let’s define “a good weekend.” It includes a Saturday during which you get to freely roam through fully stocked rare book dealer booths from rare book dealers from across the nation and some of Europe.
Why is that so awesome? Because you get carte blanche to hold, smell and admire more rare books than you’d get to anywhere else.
And I got to this past weekend at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.
It was my first time at one of these book fairs. A fact clearly communicated to all and sundry by my wearing my Mickey Mouse jacket and everyone else wearing black leather or tweed jackets. And the fact that I hopped up and down in excitement and whispered “oooOOOOooo” when I first entered the doors.
Given my love for books, my fantasies of what it would be like were the bibliophile’s equivalent of a 14 year-old girl’s daydreams of Care Bears riding unicorns through fields of cotton candy.
Reality was better. I got to wander up and down a sea of aisles full of some of the most incredible books I may never see again. Even better, I got to touch them. And smell them — yet another indicator that this was awesome and new and that there was solid chance someone would have to drag me kicking and screaming to get me leave. Ever.
But I digress.
I’m talking rare books that range from $300 to $126,000. Continue reading
So there I was at the start of September, full of ideas for writing experiments to stay in writing shape. Three new blog posts in the works. Pages upon pages of ideas for more.
Then the flood gates of life opened and priorities took the stage. Some things took a back seat. Some things demanded my full attention.
And I realized… Continue reading