Archive for Writing

The why of a writing portfolio – Do you have one?

After recently updating one of my online portfolios, I figured it might be good to have a quick overview of what they are and why they’re essential to any freelancer (applicable not just to writers but designers, developers, artists, and many other careers). Let’s run a quick mental exercise. Let’s say you want to hire […]

How are freelance and fiction writing similar?

The previous post discussed a few ways that freelance writing and fiction writing are different. You might be surprised that there are many more ways that they’re similar, aside from sharing the same general function of creating words where there  were none before. I can understand that some fiction writers might be leery of freelance […]

How is freelancing writing different from fiction writing?

As mentioned in the previous post, there’s going to be some continued mingling of writing resources that deal with freelance writing as well as novel writing. Both are a great passion of mine and, as I am making a leap to full-time freelancing (in an effort to also have more time and energy to devote […]

Exciting freelancing and website updates

If you’ve been keeping an eye on things, you’ll notice Write Strong went a bit dormant for the past month or so (as I warned it might at various times). This has been from a variety of factors, one of which being that I left my last day job not long ago. I’ve been devoting […]

Chuck Wendig – Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey

Chuck Wendig has been running the website for ten years now, and continues to build a great number of articles geared towards helping writers grapple with the brutal realities of their craft and business–in a rather unique manner. Before I link to any of his articles, let me provide a quick warning. Wendig himself […]

Workflow: Writing – Article collective for writers

It’s funny. Sometimes websites dedicated to helping writers can also pose a danger to writers by providing so much useful material that browsing it all can distract from actually getting any writing done! Workflow: Writing is one such site. Extremely useful, but it must be managed with care. Like Writer’s Knowledge Base, Workflow: Writing gathers […]

Query Quagmire – Query critiques with attitude

Querying literary agents and editors can be one of the must frustrating parts of the whole publishing industry…for both writers and those they’re querying. Writers hate queries because they inevitably lead to rejections. Literary agents and editors must wade through hundreds a day, many of them terrible. After a while, the constant cycle of query-reject-query-reject […]

Scott Berkun on “How to write well, instantly, every time”

Scott Berkun is a writer, bestselling author, and public speaker on topics such as innovation, creativity, and motivation. In this video, he discusses his method for sitting down and writing solid content, while at the same time playing a time-lapse recording of his work on a related essay. Entertaining and insightful. Obviously, not everyone’s technique […]

Are bookstores more about experience than product now?

Books and publishing are evolving. That’s plain to see. The rising popularity and functionality of ebooks and e-readers continues to establish their presence in the market. Authors who have the ability to republish their backlist online, direct to readers, (such as how J.K. Rowling is doing with the Harry Potter books) will benefit enormously from this […]

Writer’s Knowledge Base – The Search Engine for Writers

The countless facets of the writing craft and publishing industry can be overwhelming, especially to newer writers. The amount of research and work required to get a grasp on the fundamentals of building a successful writing career can be exhausting. The sheer number of books and articles and blogs available to writers can be daunting. […]

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