Issue #26: Writing Outside

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright October 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Oh, the joys of being your own boss. You can work where you want! And it is the time of year that I love to work outside. Unfortunately, last year was too breezy to work outside much. I deal in paper... it's what I do. Rather than chasing papers around everywhere, most of my time was spent working inside. But there were a few occasions when the breeze was so light it didn't matter.

Issue #25: Need Inspiration? Look to Your Pet

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, April 19, 2010. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

At one point, Skye, Zowie, and I had eight cats living in our home. Six belonged to us, and two were the bestests. Too many cats, for the space we had. But we loved them all! When you can't think of what to write about, look to your pets. Or other animals in the area.

Issue #24: Write About What Concerns You

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright May 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Many people like to write for a cause. Perhaps you're a foodie who wants to help people with little money to eat healthier. Maybe you blog about animal rights. Or perhaps you want to write about environmental concerns.

Issue #23: Expand Your Writing Career – Fiction

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2015. http://livethefreelancelife.com

I love writing. Doing so is an amazing form of expression. But writing nonfiction is only part of what I want to be doing. Fiction is another important form of expression for me.

Issue #22: Starting Anew

With 2015 coming to a close, many projects have been completed. Freelancers are now looking to 2016 as a fresh start, maybe even a new beginning. I know I am. I love to start things fresh. Though there are still a couple of projects I haven’t completed, I’m not beating myself up over them. I’m … Continue reading Issue #22: Starting Anew

Issue #21: Finishing Things Up

I’m working on finishing some projects I’ve been letting slide. You know the ones: The personal-professional stuff you are doing for yourself AND your business. The things you are hoping will work for the business but might not be entirely sure they will. Will you be doing the same? Let’s Get Those Projects Finished Before … Continue reading Issue #21: Finishing Things Up

Issue #20: A Growing Family, And Growing Your Business

Over time, families change. They grow. A son gets married. A daughter has her first, third, or sixth baby. Someone adopts a child. There are many ways a family might grow. Families enjoy their time together, and writers can grow by writing in different ways. Perhaps a mother will publish the stories she tells her … Continue reading Issue #20: A Growing Family, And Growing Your Business

Issue #19: Developing Ideas

How do writers come up with all their ideas? Well, the process can vary widely. I use a number of tactics that mostly center around brain storming in some way. If I am completely burnt out and am unable to think clearly enough to think of what to write about, I will take some time … Continue reading Issue #19: Developing Ideas

Issue #18: Travel Writing Site

Though I have not yet done travel writing, I do plan to. I am excited over the prospect. It will be fun to see new places, photograph them, and then write about what I see and do. What do you think? Would you want to have such adventures? Think about it: What fun it would … Continue reading Issue #18: Travel Writing Site

Issue #17: Online Teaching

Do you have something you want to teach having to do with the industry you write for? Perhaps an email marketing course? Maybe a course on getting started as a freelance writer? As freelance writers, we are in an ideal position to teach less experienced writers the ropes. There are different ways you might go … Continue reading Issue #17: Online Teaching