Friday Roundup

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Hey everybody. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve dropped off blogging (or you haven’t noticed until now, when you’re getting this long overdue halllllooooo!). Well, freelance life has been busy, and that’s a good thing in so many ways, but it also means less of this. Resources and Awesome Posts For You: This Startup Will Piss Off Publishers and Make Freelancers Happy Contently Master Scene Types for Page-Turning Plots at Writer Unboxed 5 Ways You Can Improve Your Mood Right Now (Sweatpants & Coffee has a clean new web design) An Alpine Antidote to Working Weekends NY Times 4 Ways to Take Better Breaks at mental_floss Here are my most recent articles. Stay tuned for some really helpful ones on Freelancing in the next couple … Read More

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Why You Should Go to a Writing Conference…

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This past weekend I had a fantastic time speaking at the Writer’s Digest annual writing conference, in New York. They’ve been holding this conference for years, and it shows in its well-oiled unfolding and high caliber of presentations. It’s a pleasure to be there to speak, but I tell you, I still fondly remember the years when I attended writing conferences as an aspiring writer–the froth of excitement and nerves in my chest as I walked past authors I admired, agents I wanted to pitch, and so on.   In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are a lot of wonderful reasons to go to conferences, and writers should be reminded why. The … Read More

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Do Nothing This Summer

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From In the last week of my son’s first-grade school year, my fellow parents discussed an impressive array of summer plans: science camps, sports camps, camping trips, art co-ops, horseback riding, surfing and much more. While these ideas are all fantastic, I reflected on our summer slate in contrast: sleeping in, picnics in the backyard, watching the birds chase the squirrels in our garden, turning the living room couches into forts under which to daydream and read, pool time and many more unscheduled moments that would surprise us. What I look forward to most about summer is our chance finally, after a busy year, to do as little as possible. Here are a handful of reasons why you might … Read More

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