To Post or Not to Post– A Cry For Help to Fellow Writers

I have reached a dilemma. To this point in my career, all of my published (and, therefore paid) work has been in magazines, plus a little bit of marketing to pay the bills. Though I love (and I really do love) writing journalism and everything that comes with it, I would say that I amContinue reading “To Post or Not to Post– A Cry For Help to Fellow Writers”

JUST KEEP MOVING!– A Hiker’s Guide to Writing Fiction

I am lost. I am in the middle of nowhere, wandering aimlessly, and I am almost out of water. What do I do? My instinct– Bail. Curl up into a ball and weep for my misfortune. When hiking in the Arizona desert, this is the equivalent of death. But as a writer, I have toContinue reading “JUST KEEP MOVING!– A Hiker’s Guide to Writing Fiction”

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?”

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”