Marie Hickman

Marie Hickman is a former reporter turned all-media writer and blogger. She is a primary contributor to the valpak.com blog, Behind the Blue, as well as Mamalode, Money Saving Mom, Mind Body Green and others. She and her teenage son live in Palm Harbor, Florida.

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5 Things Being a TV News Reporter Taught Me About Freelance Writing

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TV news is a career that forces you not only to be a master planner, but to plan in chaos. I spent 25 years in front of a camera. Even though it’s been almost that many since I left the business, I can still tell you what time it is within a 10-minute window. I can read building shadows like sundials. I create long-term plans, short-term plans, backup plans, and contingency plans. And I almost never get writer’s block. TV forces you to be hyper-aware of the clock, in some part of your brain, at all times. You can boost … Read More