How long should it take to write an article or blog post from scratch?

I read a lot of posts on how long it should take to write an article or blog post, and as I sit here considering a particular 1000-word piece for a local magazine that is taking me way too long on the research end, I realized something– though maybe my hourly rate for this pieceContinue reading “How long should it take to write an article or blog post from scratch?”

Getting to Know Your Characters– Exercises for Your Mind

Someone much more talented and wiser than I can ever hope to be (I think it was Paulo Coelho) once said that all writers must write from experience. After all, it is all we know (I crudely paraphrase, of course). As such, when working on a bit of fiction from a perspective that is anyContinue reading “Getting to Know Your Characters– Exercises for Your Mind”

Coping With Stress and Dealing With Deadlines– One Writer’s Endless Labor of Love

This writing stuff is hard work. It often seems that whenever I start to think that I am catching up or (laugh) even getting ahead, the brainstorming begins and I realize just how much I have yet to do. Great, so that query was accepted by my editor—who do I need to contact first? AndContinue reading “Coping With Stress and Dealing With Deadlines– One Writer’s Endless Labor of Love”

Why You Need a Website NOW! (and how easy it is to get one)

I used to shudder when I heard the word—WEBSITE. Ugh. I knew I needed one. I knew they were expensive. And I knew that there was no way in hell that I would be able to build a decent site myself. People pay thousands of dollars for those things, after all, right? WRONG! I mean,Continue reading “Why You Need a Website NOW! (and how easy it is to get one)”

9 Ways to Break a Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block: we all get it. The question is how do you deal with it? Here are a few exercises to get your mind jogged in those times when you find yourself struggling to get the words on paper.   1)      FREE WRITE I know it may sound silly, but just getting your mind inContinue reading “9 Ways to Break a Writer’s Block”

5 Tips To Help You Become a Successful Freelance Writer and Editor

You love to write. Though you may not be a professional, you are dedicated writer. You get up in the middle of the night to jot down story ideas and have even called in to work because you “got the bug”. There has got to be a way to get paid for this, right? Right!Continue reading “5 Tips To Help You Become a Successful Freelance Writer and Editor”

Every Writer’s Worst Nightmare Made Easy– Picking a Specialty Stress-Free

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my professional career. With the launch of this blog post, I will have completed the finishing touches on my new website (www.CraigSBaker.com) and officially made my profile available to the masses– an intimidating thought, to say the least. As such, I felt it important to drawContinue reading “Every Writer’s Worst Nightmare Made Easy– Picking a Specialty Stress-Free”