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

Still waiting for the right moment to begin your freelancing career?

By Diana Burrell. In every story idea workshop I lead, I get at least one student who prefaces their e-mail with, "I didn't get the work done this week because ... ... my kids were sick and then my husband and I caught the bug." ... I had to work late every night and I was exhausted by ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Nov 5, 2012 Motivation, Self improvement

Writer, Know Thyself!

I've been freelancing full time for 15 years, and I just made a major discovery about the way I work: I cannot -- simply cannot -- write on a day when I have even one phone call scheduled. I'd long ago resigned myself to the fact that if I have an article due, I'll write it on ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Aug 30, 2012 Advice, Observations, Personal yammerings, Self improvement

15 Minutes to Sanity In This Crazy Freelance World

This is a guest post by Tania Dakka. Three projects due today. One tomorrow. And you intended to send out LOIs this week, too. You're on the verge of burnout, but you can't stop now. Missing a deadline isn't an option. Your reputation is at stake. This is your life. Every day. Every week. Business can't go on ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Jun 4, 2012 Advice, Motivation, Self improvement

The Depressed Writer: An Interview with Julie Fast, Author of Get It Done When You’re Depressed

I'm on vacation this week, so I'm running an oldie-but-goodie that seemed to resonate with a lot of writers. Enjoy! Julie Fast is the author of several books and e-books, including the traditionally-published book Get It Done When You're Depressed. Julie has bipolar disorder and uses the techniques in her book to be one of the ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Apr 16, 2012 Advice, Motivation, Observations, Self improvement

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