When we think about writing an article, we often limit it to the article itself. Did you know that many markets also seek shorter ancillary pieces?
In today’s Tuesday Tip, we’ll explore what it means when a magazine requests...Continue Reading
Years ago I decided I wanted to be a freelance writer. I longed to write and also make an income. That led to a nearly 20-year career of writing columns, paying blog posts, curriculum, and articles. The word “freelance”...Continue Reading
As a writer, the exclamation point is a lot like jalapeños. One or two in a dish is delightful for it adds spice and flavor. However, if you drown the entire dish in them, it overwhelms and potentially...Continue Reading
I received a manuscript a couple of years ago from a writer friend. She was warm and funny in person, so I looked forward to reading her words. However, within a couple of pages, I put it down....Continue Reading
When you receive a rejection from a magazine editor, you may toss your query or article in the trash. After all, if the editor didn’t like it, why bother? You might be surprised...Continue Reading
Have you ever seen the movie where the writer bangs his head against the wall while a white, empty computer screen flashes in the background? We can run into the same frustration if we...Continue Reading
What is a writing voice? It's how you write your words. Hemingway sounds different than Grisham. Voskamp sounds different than TerKeurst. You sound different than the writer sitting next to you. The problem is that we often try to...Continue Reading
Last night I watched an episode of a makeover show. In it, a single mom worked from home preparing natural recipes in her kitchen. She sat on an uncomfortable stool, her knees pressed into the cabinet. Her laptop...Continue Reading
A hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration used to make a point. You might think that hyperbole has no place in nonfiction but if used well it places a bit of fun in your writing. Let's look at this example...Continue Reading
When we think of dialogue or setting a scene, we often delegate that to fiction. However, storytelling is just as powerful in nonfiction.
Consider this story.
“Can you name the one person you are angry with?” The teenaged girl twirled a...Continue Reading