The Renegade Writer

How Dissing a Bowlful of Marbles Can Help You Love Your Life

It all started with a bowlful of marbles. For years I wrote for many of the major women's and health magazines -- Woman's Day, Health, Family Circle, Oxygen, Fitness, Woman's Health, Redbook, and more. And part of my job was to always be researching my markets, so I read a LOT of these magazines every week. It ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Feb 21, 2015 Advice, Motivation, Self improvement

Why the Phrase “It Is What It Is” Makes Me Want to Punch People in the Throat

I've been working on a new e-book called Control: Take Charge and Live the Life YOU Want, and this essay grew out of one of the chapters I've been writing. This book won't be out for a while because, well, I just started it...but if you want to read something great, check out my top-rated ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Feb 9, 2015 Advice, Motivation, Rants

How to Get the Most Mileage — and Money — Out of Your Writing by Double-Dipping

By Tiffany Jansen Have you seen the Seinfeld episode where George accompanies his girlfriend to a funeral? It's post-wake and everyone's at her parent's place noshing on hors d'oeuvres and sipping punch. George finds himself in front of the potato chips, so he takes one, sinks it in the dip, takes a bite, and dips ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Dec 16, 2014 Advice, Ideas, Marketing, Query letters

Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Writers (And What You SHOULD Be Comparing Yourself to Instead)

You're wondering how you're doing as a writer. I know, it's hard to not have a handle on whether you're doing well or poorly! So you ask another writer, maybe one who's more experienced than you: How many queries do you write per week? How much are you earning? How many assignments do you get every month? How long does ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Dec 3, 2014 Advice, Motivation

It’s Just as Easy to Fall in Love with a Rich Mag as a Poor Mag

I've been noticing something weird from aspiring writers lately. And it's not the fact that we're always starting forum threads about their favorite type of pen, though that does weird me out a bit. I mean, who's doing writing assignments and blog posts with a pen? It also seems like a stalling tactic...hey, let's have a ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Nov 11, 2014 Advice, Money, Rants

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