9/11 – Never forget

The first time I visited New York after 9/11 was in 2008. Seven years later, the area was still recovering, and Ground Zero was a giant construction zone. I’ve been back several times since ....more

Back to school means back to work

When the new school year starts today, I’m not sure who’ll be more excited, my eighth...more

Stick up for yourself – no one else is going to

If I’ve learned anything in the years I’ve spent working for myself it’s this: you have to stick up for yourself – because no one else is going to. No one else is as invested as you are in hitting $2/a word, making it into your dream publication, scoring that interview, reaching your goals, or considering yourself a success -...more

What I created on my summer vacation – no writing, but lots of good eats

On my summer vacation, I did absolutely nothing – nothing related to work, that is. I biked, hiked, swam, rafted, read and spent time with people I love. And I cooked ....more

When editors just aren’t that into you

You may be doing everything right and still never...more

Longform story techniques any writer can use

You don’t have to specialize in longform to borrow techniques of the genre, and if you’re going to borrow, you might as well borrow from a...more

Freelancers love their office buddy pets

Stephanie Suesan Smith shares her office with Sandy, an Australian Cattle dog. Freelancers love their office buddy pets. After I shared the story of losing Riley, our family’s fox terrier and my faithful office companion for the past 14 years, I heard from freelancers, writers and other work-from-home types about the office buddies in their lives ....more

3 ways to use Twitter to follow an event

If you’re participating in an event, going to a conference, or just watching from the sidelines, Twitter’s a great tool for keeping up with what’s happening. The social network offers multiple methods for folllowing...more