want to write? keep reading

This morning as I sat in a local coffee shop, working on “Iduna’s Apples” on the iPad, a writer friend of mine stopped in for a chat. She’s gone back to school recently to purse a degree in English, and she’s disappointed that there aren’t as many writing classes in the program as she’d hoped. […]

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ambience

When I want to be productive, I find it’s helpful to not only pare down visual distractions?and prevent getting interrupted by a dog or cat every 3.7 minutes?but to literally set the tone for my work as well. I don’t do well in settings where there’s noise. It doesn’t matter if it’s heavy machinery or […]

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good housekeeping

We had some friends come over for Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, and as I was cleaning the house, I got to thinking about how I’ve never read anywhere?on websites or in books dedicated to home-based businesses?about the importance of good housekeeping. I’m not talking about the routine administrative stuff like invoicing and file storage […]

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adventures with an iPad: working in the great outdoors

So, you already know that I wanted an iPad (plus keyboard and case) in order to make me more productive while I’m mobile, and to make it more likely that I’d get out of my home office on a regular basis. My go-bag is now lighter weight and carries fewer cords and other accessories, and […]

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adventures with an iPad: cases and keyboards

Since I’d known ahead of time that I wanted to use my iPad for some serious writing, I did a fair amount of research on various keyboards and cases (and combinations of the two). As with writing apps, much of my homework had been done for me already by other writers who are using their […]

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adventures with an iPad: Scrivener and Elements

Yesterday, I spent some time toying with getting Scrivener on my MacBook to sync with Dropbox Elements on my iPad. Some background . . . After much deliberation, I finally bought an iPad. To save money?and in a nod to realistic expectations about my usage?I bought a refurbished iPad 2 model from Apple. I’d already […]

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becoming an “expert”

When you freelance, you’ll soon learn that being a generalist is a lot more work?and less profitable?than specializing. You don’t need to have a PhD. in a topic to write about it and to develop a niche market for yourself. Usually you’ll choose subjects that you already have experience with?e.g., your major in college, an […]

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