From Pauper to Author; How You Can Become a Writer Too.

On May 9, 2011, in Freelance Writing, by lesley

What would you do if you were penniless and (perfectly legally) in a foreign country? Try to get a job? Pack up and go home?

What if neither of those options were available, for different reasons? What would you do?

I solved my particular problem by writing, and I’ve built a business around it. In the process I’ve learned a whole lot about writing in general and about e-business in particular.
Want to know what I’ve learned? It’s all in these posts and pages.

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How to Write With a Co-Author

On March 4, 2014, in How to Write, by lesley
Authors Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, wri...

I’m guessing that quite a lot of those books you see on Amazon –  you know the ones, Dinglesplotchit, by Famous J Author and Unknown Newbie. ,rely on Famous J Author’s name and Unknown Newbie’s effort. They appear to be co-authored, but are they really? Do they really sit down and thrash out each page […]

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Writing Seasonal Content

On October 26, 2013, in Content Writing, by lesley
Christmas gifts

Are you ready for Christmas?
What do you mean, ‘No’?

OK, I’m kind of joking, but there are good reasons to write seasonal content, and since you almost certainly get fed up with routine writing, why not mix things up a little? Get started on your writing for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. A change, so they say, is as good as a rest, so learn to write good seasonal content for yourself and/or your clients.

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The One Thing You Must Do to Make Your Characters Believable

On October 22, 2013, in writing fiction, by lesley
English: A man trying to reach for a scratch a...

Has this ever happened to you? You pick up a book. You’ve read the blurb, it sounds good, so you curl up and start reading. To begin with, everything’s fine, but then it starts, like an itch, somewhere deep under your skin, or a sound that you can’t quite hear. There’s something about the book, […]

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Tools for Writers

On October 14, 2013, in How to Write, by lesley
English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de...

Any job is easier when you have the right tools, but what do you actually need in order to work as a writer? Here’s a look a the tools I use every day. What they are, and how and why I use them.

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How to Write Every day

On October 14, 2013, in Blog Content, by lesley
English: penulis = writer

Stuck for a title? Stuck for a subject? It isn’t easy to blog every single day. Here’s how I go about it, especially when I’m stuck.

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Passive and Active Voice: Why Most People Suck at Writing Articles

On September 20, 2013, in Writing Articles, by lesley
AC.Byrd.E.001 Richard E. Byrd

Some people don’t write because they think they can’t. High expectations are good, but not if they stop you from getting your stuff out there where it can promote you and your business. So what can you do to improve your writing?
Practice.
Use Active rather than passive language.
Write about what your readers want to know, not what you want to say.
And what ever you do, don’t …

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Creative Writing Prompts for October

On September 1, 2013, in Writing Prompts, by lesley
"Zombie fingers" cookies. Halloween ...

October is the month of Halloween, so it’s time to write horror. Scary or funny? There’s often a fine line between the two, and it’s worth thinking about that. Why do people laugh at horror films? What are the cliches involved? What’s scarier, a well written ghost story or a movie? Also topics themed around the number 10 and the color yellow.

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