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It has been a while since I added any new content here!  I hope to remedy that. Over the past year and a half, my wife and I have been busy being foster parents to two mischievous boys, ages seven and nine.  Well, they have now been back with their biological family for a month and the “empty nest” is starting to become more and more real to me.

Now that I am not playing “Mr. Mom” anymore – at least until a new placement comes into our home – I will have more time for one of my other great loves – writing.  Not that I have been completely dormant as a writer.  I have a few projects that I am working on, namely a children’s book and a sort of memoir, both revolving around the topic of bullying.  I also continue my assignments at Examiner.com as the Rockford (IL) Workplace Issues Examiner.  You can find my work for Examiner here.

As I progress on the books I am writing, I will give updates here. I also plan to post some excerpts as they become available.  I am targeting the middle of 2014 for publication of both books.  They will be available on Smashwords and Amazon.  Until then, keep reading whatever you can get your hands on, even if it’s just for a few minutes per day.  Keep your brain sharp and your heart open!

By Laurie Mega | November 1, 2012

As a freelance writer, you certainly want to present the best writing you can. Knowing how to write content that is well-written and well-researched gives you credibility and makes you shine in the eyes of your editor. When an editor is considering writers for the next assignment, you get the call.

However, there is another way to stand out in your editor’s mind. We all have our bad days, sure, but there are certain gaffes that, if they show up in your work consistently, will make your editor cringe and file you away in his or her brain as a weak writer.

To help you navigate the sometimes-uncertain world of web content, I thought I would share the top ten pet peeves that make most editors wince. But rather than looking at this as a list of peevish complaints, think of it as a handy checklist to go through before you submit a piece. I promise, your editor will be grateful.

So without further ado, here are the top ten editorial no-nos that make your editor grimace.

Continued @ How to Write Content: Top Ten Writing Gaffes and How to Make Them Work for You | Skyword.

By Nina Amir

An enormous amount of content comes across the transom of social networks like Facebook. We share business and personal information, news, entertainment, inspiration, and a whole host of things in between. And we do this for a variety of reasons depending upon our goals. Those of us who engage in relationship marketing for business, however, want to attract potential customers and clients.

Call them friends, followers, tweeple, pinners, or a tribe, it’s all the same. We want our presence on social networks to work like a beacon shining into the darkness and guiding people to our pages on social networks and, ultimately, to our websites. Eventually, we also want the people who connect to us to purchase something from us. For that to happen, though, we first have to have something to say to these people. Actually, we have to have something worth reading.

It’s the words we write on these social networks that make people want to connect with us—to like our pages, subscribe to our updates, or follow us. And it’s by reading our status updates and the links we offer that they begin to trust and like us—and that’s why they buy our products and services.

Many relationship marketers don’t realize they are leaving one important potential product untouched—one they may have created already or could create as they continue their networking activities. It’s a product that also will enhance their trust factor and expert status. What is it? A book.

Stop and consider all the content you produce. It could be repurposed into a book, or, better yet, you could be writing that content as you network with the end goal of producing a book.

Continued @ How To Blog Your Book And Own Your Niche As An Author.

This article is a very good read for people (like me) who  need help with establishing a “killer” blog.  I hope to put some of these tips into practice soon.  Knowing how my attention span is – well, we’ll see how well I do!

The time has come… I NEED to teach my mother how to blog. I have no problem teaching the theory of blogging or the “how to” stuff or even breaking it down to the simplest form so that she can do it herself and be successful. It’s the “finding the time” that is the hardest part. I’ve actually started recording short snippet videos for her and the last one I recorded was the video version on the article below about the types of blog posts.

Here are the 5 Types of Blog Posts

How you create your blog posts depend on the type of blog you are writing for and what the goal of that blog is.

If you want to keep your blog fresh and interesting, you should post often. Creating different types of blog posts will help to keep your audience interested. It will also keep you from getting bored with your blog.

It really doesn’t matter if you are blogging so that you can earn income from selling ads or affiliate products off your blog, selling your own products or services. You should try mixing it up with these 5 types of blog posts.

Continue reading @ 5 Types of Blog Posts | Moms Online Business Coach.

Below is a video presented by  Rebecca Sato from zenlife.net.  She offers advice on becoming a professional freelance writer.  Her series is available on YouTube at expertvillage, where she discusses how to honestly judge your writing ability and how to turn that ability into a rewarding career.

Ms. Sato has been a science and health researcher for the past few years. Her goal is to teach people to live a long and healthy life.

Here is an article that outlines some of the most common writing boo-boos.  For the record,  the one on comma usage is my biggest pet peeve.  If you vomit commas on me, I will get rather surly….

Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can’t anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can’t. Even college graduates don’t seem to be learning composition basics.

Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on not looking stupid. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume readers might make some of these mistakes themselves. But it takes just one person to see just one mistake for you to be discounted.

Avoid these 11 mistakes and get the job, make the sale, and write better!

via 11 Stupidest Writing Mistakes.

SFX magazine asked Eoin Colfer (the Artemis Fowler novels) the secret of getting started as a writer. He said, “Like an profession, you gotta keep doing it. You’re not gonna be a writer if you write just two pages a year. You’ll know people who are saying ‘Oh yeah, I’m writing a book!” And they’re basically talking about writing a book.”

He adds, “Try to bring something of yourself to the book rather than take everything from your favorite author…A good way to do that is in every story you write tell yourself, ‘Now I’m gonna put one thing in this that I’ve never heard anywhere before.’

Read More:  Time to Write: How to get started as a writer.

by Amber Lea Starfire | October 19, 2010

When it comes to writing, and this includes journal writing, we all have times when we second-guess or doubt ourselves — usually when we’re well into a project or have embarked on a new commitment. Looking ahead, the task or commitment seems daunting, overwhelming. At that point, we may begin to question our abilities to complete what we set out to do. Or we question the approach we decided to take. Or, even, why we thought we should do it in the first place (What was I thinking!).

In my experience the very best way to move through those periods of writing-related insecurity — well, any form of self-doubt, actually — is to write about it. Here’s how:

Read More:  Journal Writing Tips: Writing Through Self-Doubt.

By lizbooks

On Saturday at our local writer’s club, author Sophie Littlefield (A BAD DAY FOR SORRY, A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY) spoke to us about actually getting down to writing. What holds you back? Do you procrastinate?

Actually, we don’t know any writer who DOESN’T procrastinate . . .

If you’re confident, it’s easy. You won’t procrastinate. Fear makes us put off the hard stuff.

Read More: About Writer’s Block & Procrastination

June 7, 2010 by Thursday Bram

As freelancers, the number of words we can write in a given hour can directly determine our income. On the surface, it makes sense to say that, if we can write faster, we’ll earn more money. At the same time, though, even if you can type 120 words per minute, that doesn’t necessarily translate into the pay rates we’d all like to see. Most writers hit an upper limit of good words they can write in a given day and while we can all bang away at the keyboard for hours after we’ve reached that limit, it’s usually pretty obvious that things aren’t going quite as well.

Read More: Quality and Quantity: The Question of Writing Faste