The inspiration of death

On a lovely summer night, three days after I moved into my beautiful new house, back in July of 2018, the most wonderful soul left this earth. After that, I drank more alcohol, smoked more weed (it’s cool – totally legal here), watched more TV, and ate more junk food. My niece overdosed on Aleve,…

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Transformational Writing

At the Ottawa Writer’s Fest, I had the pleasure of hearing Cherie Dimaline speak. She restored my faith in fiction, saying that it can be transformational. I take that to mean that it really changes a person in a core way. It’s not like when you see photos of chocolate then you eat nothing but…

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Punishment vs Reward

Writing should be fun and inspirational, but how do you do it more often. I often think of writing like exercise: It’s something I want to do; It’s something I need to do; It’s something that will benefit me; If I build it into my routine it becomes easier; It’s something I don’t have time…

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#Write everyday – no excuses

Here I am writing a blog post between sets on my phone. So what’s your excuse? Whatever your excuse, I understand, truly, no judgement. For the last twenty years, I’ve had more excuses than actual time writing. I did manage to squeak out a couple of novels, some poetry and short stories, but the real…

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Writing is the Cure for Everything

Are any of the following true for you? You: Can’t sleep at night. Feel to sick to do anything. Are currently unemployed or not working enough hours. Are suddenly bored all the time or find yourself with a lot of free time. Have been injured and can’t do much. Is writing really the cure for…

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Write What You Feel

If a tear rolls down your cheek, write about it. If you clench your fist or grind your teeth, enraged at the world, write it down. Next time you smile, smile on paper. Capturing your real emotions is so much easier than trying to invent emotions for the piece you are writing. That moment, that…

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Content Ninja

A ninja is someone who is stealthy, patient, intelligent, and cunning. A good web writer is like a ninja, except we don’t usually wear cool costumes or intimidate people with sharp weapons. Here are five reasons to hire a content ninja: SEM Plan or Ninja Infiltration Scheme – a content ninja will start out with…

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Free Web Writing and Editing

My old man used to tell me there is no such thing as a free lunch. Well I sure showed him when I literally won a free turkey lunch in elementary school. Even the contest was free, so it didn’t cost me anything to enter. Although not as free as a turkey lunch, for a…

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Father’s Day

The cool thing about father’s day is not giving or receiving gifts. The cool thing is having great people to celebrate with. My dad and I don’t have a great relationship, but he did help me with my love for writing. Thank you dad and thank you to my wonderful wife and children for what…

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Writing Tests

I’m in the middle of applying to a few different writing sites. Although many will take your portfolio into account, most of them give simple writing tests. The great thing about a writing test is that if you actually write well but don’t have a great deal of experience, you can get some good paying…

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