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 #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 #13: Writing Nonfiction

In all honesty, when I was young and knew I wanted to write I did not want to write nonfiction at all. I wanted to write novels. Now, I like writing nonfiction. It can be much fun. To write non fiction, write what you know and love. It can make all the difference in the … Continue reading Issue #13: Writing Nonfiction

Issue #11: Membership Sites: A Sense of Community

What is a membership site? A membership site is generally based around a theme or idea. For instance, a homemaker may create a site to aid others in homemaking, requiring them to sign up to join the site. She will offer advice on the many aspects of homemaking in the form of recipes, quick tips … Continue reading Issue #11: Membership Sites: A Sense of Community

Issue #10: What is Success

For some of you, success is defined as having regular visits to your blog. For others, it means making thousands of dollars a year from your freelance writing career. For many, however, success is somewhere in between. To me, success is somewhere in the middle, and it means that I will get to do some … Continue reading Issue #10: What is Success

Issue #9: Journaling

Journaling is important for a variety of reasons. It gives your brain a rest from the regular writing you do, if you are a writer by profession. It helps you to relax and to get things off your mind. It is also used to jot down ideas, allowing you to clear your mind, and is … Continue reading Issue #9: Journaling

Issue #8: Your Education

Education is important to the freelancer, whether acquired by traditional means or not. A college education may not be wanted or attainable, but there are other ways to learn what you need to know to enable you to set up and run your business. You may need to learn things such as: Starting a business … Continue reading Issue #8: Your Education

Issue #6: Nurturing Friendships

What do you and your friends have in common? Work? Families? Keeping up with your homes? Life is hectic, and friendships often suffer. Because I'm building a freelance career from the bottom up, I spend a lot of time now just working. Writing, marketing, promoting… it all takes so much time. I rarely have time … Continue reading Issue #6: Nurturing Friendships