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.

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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 #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

Issue #16: An Opinion Blog

Go ahead. Be controversial. People will read about your opinions whether they like what you have to say or not. People simply cannot help it. Writing on an opinion blog is like gossip. People love it. They crave it. Even if they hate your opinion. You will certainly attract an audience. There are a number … Continue reading Issue #16: An Opinion Blog

Issue #15: The Healthy Freelancer

It is important for a freelance writer to get and/stay healthy. Not only will doing so help us to look and feel good, but it will also cost less money in medical bills over time. How can the freelancer accomplish this? * By exercising. * By eating well. * By finding our spiritual path/belief system. … Continue reading Issue #15: The Healthy Freelancer

Issue #12: Mood

I write best when relaxed, and on sunny days. The sun motivates me 🙂 I sleep only a few hours at night, so I will generally nap try to nap for a couple hours in the morning before I begin. I am best at writing when I am feeling happiness, joy. When the world seems … Continue reading Issue #12: Mood