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Posts from the ‘The Craft’ Category

My Writing Process: The Top 7 Things I Need to Know Before I Begin

There are basic details I need before I start any project. They determine how I begin and how I set up the piece. It also sets up my process, which I will discuss next week.

These are the top seven things I need before the first word is written:

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Being Productive on the Clock—2O Tips to Timed Writing

I know a lot of writers who excel when pressured by the clock. There’s something about crunching a deadline that spurs the creative juices.

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Top 10 Tips for Writing Scripts

Writing scripts is not like writing for the page. It takes a different set of skills. Here are my top tips if you want to write scripts for a living:

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Writing Scripts for a Living—How to Begin

The writing I contract the most is scriptwriting. I love the combination of writing with moving images and sound. Film and video expands what I am able to do on the page. Besides it’s fun to collaborate with a production team.

The challenge with writing scripts is that it requires a different approach than writing for the page. Sometimes formal grammar has to go out the window. This is writing for the ear, not the eye, which means you can get away with more. There are also challenges working with footage and designing a script that can be filmed in budget.

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Write Stronger

Strong writing requires strong verbs. That’s nothing new. It’s far better to say enraged than angry and exhausted rather than very tired. There are tons of articles about that on the net. What isn’t talked about as often is the ways we soften language.

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How to Create a Working Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

Blogging is fun. I love writing my blog. But it is more than that. It’s a commitment to my readers and my industry. It’s a commitment I take seriously.

Writing a blog takes discipline. You owe your readers consistently good content that can be found on a regular basis. As a working writer, it’s not always easy to honor that commitment. Life gets in the way, which is why discipline matters. It helps to be organized too.

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Blogging As a Writer

Writers write. It’s what we do. These days the easiest way to do that is to write a blog. Most writers have one. Some use it to post news and updates on their work. Others write about their families and lives. Then there are those, like me, who write about writing, which makes sense since writing is my passion. It’s also a great way to give back to the industry and share what I know while meeting other writers and writers in training.

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Freelancing Is More Than Magazines: 26 Other Markets to Try

The traditional view of a freelance writer is someone who spends her day querying magazines and writing articles and many do. But the majority of independent writers earn their money through client work. It’s more consistent and offers more opportunity than the magazine market.

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