Coming to Terms With Changing Locations: When Travel Leads You Home

Two months ago, I moved to another city. And I still haven't gotten over it. This isn't a tale of culture shock, though my old city and my new one are quite different. Nor is this a tale of hardship. My life is comfortable -- more comfortable than most -- and I didn't have to

Awesome Email Templates for Responding to Potential Clients

A few years ago, I wrote a silly post called Top 10 Email Subject Lines for When You Just Want to Say 'Hello.' The post was an inside joke that turned into the most viewed post in the history of this site. I'm embarrassed that that simple post, which offers very scant advice for writing emails,

The Best Distraction-Free Writing Apps

If you're reading this, it's probably because you just stopped whatever writing you are pretending to do and googled "distraction-free writing apps." So, let's be clear: you're the distraction. If you can't write what you need to write in your CMS, a Word doc, Text Edit, Google Docs, Evernote, or similar, then you are the problem. Each of

Typewriter at the flea market

How Not to Succeed As a Freelance Writer

I’ve been freelancing on and off for more than 15 years. While I’ve been lucky to land some decent-paying projects with a few well-known publishers and online outlets, I’ve always wondered whether there is a secret formula to getting more work. In fact, there is a secret formula to getting more freelance assignments, just as

Nell Zink’s Novel Journey

  "There are a lot of ways to stay safe as a writer: by not writing, by writing to no one, by writing to a single admirer, by challenging the judgment of those with the power to judge, by not putting much effort into your work. 'It’s hard,' Zink writes in 'The Wallcreeper,' 'trying to