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My 10 Must Have Apps

I treat my writing job as a career and business. So to stay on top of the league, I should have productivity apps in my “tool box”. But for most freelancers, one deciding factor is if it’s free. The apps I mentioned here are free and web-based. Yes, you read it right, F-R-E-E. Although most of Read more about My 10 Must Have Apps[…]

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Be Inspired. Brew Plots. Fix It Later.

You might have noticed some changes on my website — from the big title section down to the footer. I knew and I felt the need for change. Everything in me is a work in progress. You might think I’m fickle minded because I keep on changing. I used to be a perfectionist and every Read more about Be Inspired. Brew Plots. Fix It Later.[…]

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Organize Your Writing

Staring at a blank page is dreadful for a writer. The question, “What will I write?” is really not a problem. It’s the question “How do I start?” that matters. Most of us often underestimate the planning of things because we’re obsessed with the goal. We have the clear picture of the end product but Read more about Organize Your Writing[…]

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Common Mistakes Even College Graduates Commit

As a writer, I’ve been keen in observing correct spelling and usage of the English language, or any language for that matter. Not only it shows how educated a person is, but also how someone respects the language or dialect. However, even educated men and women, those who have earned a college degree commit mistakes on Read more about Common Mistakes Even College Graduates Commit[…]

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How Much Will You Charge?

American comedian and writer Robert Benchley once said, “The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.” How much should a freelance writer charge is one of the biggest questions asked even among writers. A freelance can charge whatever he or she wants as long as it makes Read more about How Much Will You Charge?[…]

Quote from Jaron Lanier

6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Website

One of the characteristics of being a freelance writer is the freedom to write for anyone. Having one’s byline on different websites fills your heart with a sense of accomplishment. However, when it comes to getting new clients, this method spreads your brand thin. They see you all over the place without a permanent identity. Read more about 6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Website[…]

Quote from Louis L'Amour

Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word

Have you ever thought how authors come up with their ideas for their novels? You may have browsed writing books and magazines and have been told that an idea comes from an endless list of sources. But how do authors come up with a novel from an idea? In this article, let us see how Read more about Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word[…]

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Writing Is Only Half the Battle

  You just published a book and ask what’s next? For independent authors, the true test of perseverance starts on this stage: marketing. Even well-known authors must promote their books. Big publishers spend 80% of their marketing budget on 20% of their top sellers because they are sure that they will get a return on Read more about Writing Is Only Half the Battle[…]

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My Love-Hate Affair With WordPress

  Yes, I’m back to WordPress, the blog site I stumbled upon way back in 2012 and fell in love with, only to leave a year and a month later in favor of another website. Three years ago, when I started out with a blog I named Bottom Line Chronicles, I couldn’t figure out how I could Read more about My Love-Hate Affair With WordPress[…]

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A Reality Check on Freelancing

People say that working at home is the perfect set-up because you earn an income without experiencing traffic and restrictive dress code. Yeah, right. That’s what I’ve thought of before I went freelance. So I set up my home office and got to be with my daughter, one of the reasons why I left a Read more about A Reality Check on Freelancing[…]

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How to Turn Your Writing Into Cash

There you are, writing a poem in your notebook, posting a comment on social media, writing a fan fiction on some fan fic site… why not turn them into cash? Many of us love writing but can’t imagine turning this talent into a source of additional income, or worse, are afraid to try. Thanks to the Read more about How to Turn Your Writing Into Cash[…]