8 Ways To Understand And Deal With Negative Comments P

8 Ways To Understand And Deal With Negative Comments

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One can always expect negative comments when a controversial piece is published, however, even the most innocent and well-meaning pieces can attract heartless comments. Like many published writers,  I’ve experienced my fair share. Here’s my advice. PEOPLE GET TO DISAGREE WITH YOU No matter how articulate you are as a writer, people will interpret your words their own way; often in complete opposition to what you intended. Some are lovely and supportive and others are deliberately cruel. What I always remember is that everyone is entitled to their opinion and it isn’t always going to agree with ours. That’s ok. As … Read More

So You Blew An Assignment - Now What?

So You Blew an Assignment. Now What?

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I had a pitch accepted by my dream pub. I was going to be a “real” writer! So I secured interviews, printed out tons of pages of research materials, and set out to work. And then I blew it, and it was epic. But what happened, exactly? In short, life happened. I got sick, the kids were on holidays (again) and stayed at home all the time, and to add insult to injury, I realized, too late, that my source wasn’t the one I was looking for. Too proud to admit this wasn’t going to work out, I only let … Read More

Report A Story Your Editor Will Love!

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You landed a plum assignment! Fantastic! Now it’s time to research and write it. Essay writing is comparatively easy when pretty much the only source you’re relying on is you. But with a reported story, it’s the experts you quote and the research you cite that will make your story compelling and credible. That’s what I’m going to focus on here. I’m going to talk about reporting health stories because that’s the kind of articles I wrote for many years, but the basic principles apply to any kind of reported article you’re working on. What makes a good expert? I’ll … Read More

Your Questions Answered: the ProWritingAid team’s Q&A on using a self-editing tool

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I was hesitant to try a self-editing tool, but when I finally did a few months ago, I was pleasantly surprised. Since ProWritingAid offers their super powerful free tool for free, I have been sharing it with all my readers. The Q&A that follows will get you off and running quickly if you decide to give it a try (and it takes about 5 seconds to try it for the first time). Don’t miss what the team shares about Word Explorer, a feature you might miss if you don’t know it is there– so good!! Some of the links on this … Read More

Stop Vagueblogging with These Ten Simple Tips

Stop Vagueblogging with These 10 Simple Tips

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Do you have a social media friend who is always writing about the horrors of her life without actually telling you what those horrors are? I don’t know if I can make it through the night. Nothing has ever hurt so bad. Finding out who my true friends are… The phenomenon is so widespread that it now has a name: vaguebooking, a form of status update designed to elicit sympathy and/attention from readers who respond to ask what is wrong and offer support to the poster. But vaguebooking can just as easily backfire, leading people to unfriend the poster. What’s … Read More

A New Freelance Writer Shares Tips for Starting Your Freelance Career

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Before I began my freelance writing career, I was intrigued by the idea and wanted to pursue this career for quite a few reasons. However, I had absolutely no clue how to do it! One night, I happened to stumble upon Elna Cain’s blog post 20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner), and discovered at least a few of the ways she suggested looking for freelance writing positions were things I was completely comfortable doing. It was so exciting to know how to go about becoming a freelance writer! A couple days later I was knee deep in creating … Read More

4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes

4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes

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A little over a year ago, I launched my online course Submission Savvy. I designed the course to help bloggers who were new to having their writing published online better understand the benefits, pitfalls, and best practices of digital publication and ultimately start getting published. Over the course of the year I re-launched the course several times with updates and new bonuses, and had fun checking in with course registrants to address questions and follow progress. I recently reached out to course participants to see how they were doing with their publication goals and get feedback on the course. Here is … Read More

Why I Broke Up with The Huffington Post To Go Steady with Medium

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Dear Huffington Post, That’s it. I’m over you. I’ll still keep up with you on Facebook, but I’m not going to make an effort to give you my free and completely awesome content anymore.  You’re just not worth it.  Our relationship started off with so much excitement and promise, but now I’m just feeling frustrated and unappreciated. Medium treats me so much better than you do. So I’ve decided to break up with you and go steady with Medium. If you want to talk this over, you know how to reach me. And if you’ve forgotten my contact information, please … Read More

5 Tips and Tools for Editing Your Own Articles (without bugging friends and loved ones)

5 Tips and Tools for Editing Your Own Articles (without bugging friends and loved ones)

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We all love to ask our significant other to read and edit our work right? And there is nothing more satisfying than paying money to have someone make edits to our writing is there? Wrong. If you don’t like to ask favors, or your favor-givers have poor grammar and spelling skills, there are some great tricks you can use to edit your own writing that go beyond just reading it over and over. And over. The next time your article is ready for the chopping block, step away from it for a bit to let it breathe, and then go back … Read More

These 4 Public Speaking Lessons Will Improve Your Writing (and make speaking less scary than a reptile!)

These 4 Public Speaking Lessons Will Improve Your Writing (and make speaking less scary than a reptile!)

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Outside of immediate danger, there are not many things that invoke fear and anxiety in people more than public speaking. In fact, according to the 2016 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, the only “personal fear” ranked higher is that of reptiles. Even if you enjoy public speaking, nerves can still pervade. Will you communicate your point effectively? Will the audience connect with your message? Will you be standing all alone, forget everything you wanted to say, and have all of your vulnerabilities and insecurities exposed to a world ready to Tweet how dreadful you and your speaking skills are? … Read More