get outside your comfort zone

From my “Thoughtful Thursdays” series on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Unless your material centers solely on secluded navel-gazing, one of the worst things you can do as a writer is to permanently hole up somewhere. Defense against isolation is one of the driving forces behind ONI’s regularly scheduled work parties, since freelancers have a […]

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count your blessings

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. So it’s Thanksgiving Day — a day for giving thanks. But before you dig into your turkey and potatoes, or into your NaNoWriMo draft or article that’s due tomorrow, why not take a moment to ponder what you’re grateful for in your professional life? For […]

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taking care of yourself

(Cross-posted from my “thoughtful Thursdays” post today on the Oregon News Incubator site.) Do you ever feel like you’re working yourself to death? Tackling projects that are too big to fit into a sane person’s schedule, so you’re working days, nights and weekends on a regular basis? I knew someone who did that. I had […]

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content farms

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Given the state of our industry — magazines, newspapers and websites are still shutting down and editors and writers are still being laid off, though not quite at the same catastrophic rate as we’ve seen previously — you may be tempted to write for a […]

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pitch the fun stuff, too

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Developing story ideas and pitches takes up a lot of a freelance writer’s time. We research publications and editors to get a feel for the material they like, and we keep our eyes and ears open for what’s happening in the the world — and […]

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thank you, in the midst of the whirlwind

I’ve been spending most of my blog time in recent weeks feeding content to the Oregon News Incubator, and have been remiss in posting new material here. But I had to take a moment this morning to offer my gratitude to the many people who have posted their comments here in the past 24 hours […]

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managing comments

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Last night, I was celebrating breaking into Salon.com with my essay about becoming a reluctant handgun owner (“I was anti-gun, until I got stalked”). And then I got distracted by the online comments. There are authors, politicians, and artists of every stripe who will advise […]

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