The Right Writer for the Job

I hear from writers all the time: “My title is ‘writer’ but it’s not really a writing job.” I’ve said it myself. I’ve also heard people who hire writers complain that the writers they hire want to phone it in, or think they’re too good for the client’s project. Any one of those perceptions is… Read more »

The Best Time to Start Is Now

A year ago, my neighbor overheard me talking about reading poetry at an open mic. “I write poetry,” he said. “I should go read sometime. I don’t have a working computer. I need to type up the poems.” “You don’t need to type them up to read,” I said. I told him about a few… Read more »

The Times Are A-Changin’

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend cast for sources for an article about interviewing for a job. I answered the call. I worked as a recruiter for a few years, and interviewing was one of my favorite parts of the job. She sent me a set of questions by email, I answered them, and voila, a… Read more »

Writing is a Process Not a Procedure

Here’s how I learned to compose a piece in high school: Write an outline Write a rough draft, beginning to end Write one or more additional complete drafts Edit Here’s how I actually write a piece: Write down some notes about the topic Start a draft Think about what I’m writing as I go about… Read more »

Freelance Writers: What’s On Your Plate?

A thought experiment: You have worked for ten years as a bartender in a restaurant. You’ve saved up some money and you decide to open your own restaurant. Instead of opening a cheap burger joint, a gourmet pizza parlor, or a sushi bar, you open a place called FOOD. FOOD serves whatever a customer wants…. Read more »

Harvest Time: No-Regrets Remodeling

After two years, I see the fruits of my contribution to the revision of No-Regrets Remodeling, from Home Energy Magazine Publishers. No-Regrets Remodeling, Second Edition “will introduce you to the concepts of whole-home performance, energy auditing, energy rating, and how HVAC systems and other elements of a home work together. It will help you understand… Read more »

Copywriter, Consultant, or Coach – Which Should You Hire?

There was a time when solo professionals could get by with minimal collateral — a business card, a brochure, and perhaps an ad for the Yellow Pages. Now most people maintain Websites. People may chuck your business card, figuring they can find you on the Web. Not having a Web site may even make some… Read more »

Ivan Pavlov

  Enslow Publishers’ description: “Although Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov is best known for his experiments with dogs, which were key to the development of behaviorism, few realize that he actually won the 1904 Nobel Prize for his research on digestion. In this latest title in the GREAT MINDS OF SCIENCE series, author Barbara Saunders examines… Read more »

The Hard Work Begins

“If you’re not feeling overwhelmed, you’re not doing it right.” So says the teacher of the solo performance class I finally had the guts to sign up for. This has been a week spent, stumped, frustrated, and struggling — and loving it. I cringe when I hear people extolling the virtues of “hard work.” This… Read more »

Writers: Rules of Thumb Are Meant to Be Broken

Over and over, I see content professionals mock the old English teacher’s rule of thumb about not using the same word twice on the same page. I want to scream at my screen: “You’re both WRONG!” Those teachers, I gather, explained this rule as a way to give “color” or “interest” to your writing. It… Read more »