10 Easy Ways to Keep Writer’s Block Out of Your Mind

R.L. Stine, author the Goosebumps series, was interviewed by Gotham Writers’ Workshops. He was asked about his take on writer’s block. R.L. Stine says, “I never had writer’s block. I really don’t have time for it – too many books to write.” He tells writers to keep going even when the writing isn’t easy. He […]

Don’t Kill Your Novel Idea: Even John Grisham Was Rejected

The July 10, 2011 issue of Parade Magazine featured an interview with John Grisham. His first novel, A Time to Kill was turned down and rejected 30 times; he still has the files. According to John, “I saved all of that stuff.” It makes you wonder if those in the publishing world really know a […]

27 Words and Phrases That Have Worn Out Their Welcome

Sometimes freelance, fiction, ghost, travel, and non-fiction writers use certain words and phrases that have worn out their welcome. Writers, you are creative people and can certainly think of new words and phrases to use. Unless a client specifically says, “Use the following words and phrases,” grab the thesaurus and spice up your writing. It’s […]

7 Tips for Handling Freelance Writing Clients

Make no mistake about it — freelance writing is a small business. It’s fantastic to work from home, create your own hours, and essentially be “the boss,” but it’s a business that depends upon you for growth. If you’re not a big fan of sales and marketing, your freelance writing business may struggle to succeed. […]

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Self-Publishes through CreateSpace

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin published his book Katrina’s Secrets; Storms After the Storm, Vol. 1 through CreateSpace. Why would he do this? It’s obvious he wouldn’t have a problem obtaining a literary agent and publisher to publish his memoir. Mr. Nagin appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and said, “The literary […]