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Freeflow Writing

The advantage of freeflow writing.

October 26, 2013

Today, I was sitting at my computer, staring at that infamous blinking cursor at the top of a blank, white page, and I wanted to slam my head against the desk. “I have no idea what to write,” I said to myself. I flipped through my content plan, which yielded no inspiration despite the slew of unwritten articles asking to be penned. I didn’t feel like writing them. I didn’t feel like writing anything at all. That’s a pretty nasty place to be, considering, you know, I’m a writer by trade. It’s not that I haven’t already written today. Like I said, I get paid to write at work. I’ve been working on website content all day. You’d think that would mean I would already be in the proper headspace to write. I was not. So as I sat there, staring at my blank cursor, and finally gave up on coming up with an actual “plan” for this post and […]

Copywritingcreativewriting

I love my job: A commentary on copywriting versus creative writing.

October 25, 2013

As many of you know, on top of writing my own creative work, I also own a business with a few great friends. The company is essentially a business development/marketing firm, where we help our clients not only with their marketing but with their business strategy as a whole. It’s pretty exciting. The story behind the company is pretty long, but the abbreviated version goes as follows: I worked with two of my partners at a company called Eye Com Corporation, where I was hired by the marketing team due to my writing ability. One of my now-partners was my then-boss, and other partner was a team member. Six months into my employment, things started to get shaky, and I was worried about my job security. That’s when my boss pulled me to the side and told me he’d never met a better, more adaptable writer in his life, and that he’d hire me over paying himself if he had […]

AddressingMiscommunication

Addressing some miscommunication.

October 24, 2013

I’m going to be totally open here. I could have written this blog in a really subtle, really passive aggressive way, without admitting upfront about what’s really going on in my head, but that’s not fair to my readers. Being passive aggressive is stupid. I’m going to just tell it like it is, without hiding behind vague, cryptic wording. This blog post actually came about because a Facebook friend of mine (who is also a writer, and happens to be one of those writers who does not outline) recently “unfriended” me. This came as a bit of a surprise, since the two of us rarely communicate and I didn’t really understand what I possibly could have done to make her want me off her friends list. She has a writing blog, as well, which I have bookmarked on my taskbar–just as I do every other writing blog my friends have. A few days ago, she posted a blog that may […]

SaidvsNotSaid

“Said” versus every other word people try to use instead of “said.”

October 23, 2013

In my novel writing class, I learned quite a bit of insanely valuable information. I’ve mentioned a bit of it here and there, but today we’re looking at dialogue. Well, that’s not entirely true. Today we’re looking at how writers lead into dialogue–or how they assign dialogue to specific characters. We all know what this is: he said, she said, they said, we said. The word “said.” Or “asked,” I suppose, if it’s a question rather than a statement. Do you have any idea how many novice writers rebel against the word “said?” SO MANY WRITERS. This actually came up in a conversation between myself and the Partner in Crime a while back. We were talking about dialogue, and he pointed out how much he hated using the word “said” in his work. This is exceptionally common, and it’s absolutely contradictory to what my novel writing professor talked to us about. “Said” is, really, the best word for these situations. […]

ReasonableWordCountGoals

What is a reasonable daily word count goal?

October 22, 2013

A while back, I wrote a blog about daily word count goals and their benefits and drawbacks. Though I don’t always use daily word count goals (they come up most when I’m working on a specific deadline), when I do use them, I usually keep a pretty light expectation of myself. This is, in part, due to my horrendously busy schedule, but it also has to do with my obsession over quality over quantity. In other words, I’d rather write 1,000 really GOOD words than 3,000 mediocre words. However, every writer has different needs, and different abilities as far as word count is even considered. There are a few things you should pay attention to when you’re determining your own word count: the length of the project you want to write, the deadline (whether self-imposed or legitimate) that you want to finish by, your schedule and how much time you have to write, and how much writing you can actually […]

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