How to work from home with kids How can you get your kids to leave you alone so you can write, think, and get work done? I hear it all the time from moms who want to work from home with kids: “My children demand my attention constantly. How do I get anything done?!” Anyone […]
Maybe you’ve had the “Who am I to be doing this?” kinds of thoughts. Maybe your confidence is in the basement and can’t find the elevator. Whenever you have one of those “impostor moments,” just take a deep breath, remind yourself of what people have said about you and your abilities, or take a look at your accomplishments, and write a few more sentences.
When you write your book, you’re going to be nervous, excited, and scared half out of your mind. During the months after your manuscript is done and ready to go (and for a lot of writers, even before it’s done), at every step of the way, you could feel a mix of things: happy, afraid, nervous, defensive, proud, sensitive, bulletproof— though that one doesn’t usually last long, it’s straight back to “Will people LIKE it?” It’s important to know that all of this is normal, and you will get through it.
Sticks and stones Davina wrote an inspiring blog post about being hurt, how she had let it affect her and hold her back for four years, and how she’s now pushing past it to carry on with her photography work. Someone trashed her, tried to ruin her reputation and her business, and it devastated her. […]
People who work at home know that it’s hard to get things done. Most environments are not very conducive to productivity. I received one lesson on that in high school when I received an in-school suspension. Eight-second version of that story: I broke a rule I thought the school had no right to make and I got […]
What are time wasters? We know that a lot of time is wasted in today’s world. The question is what is a waste of time and what is a good use of time? Just who gets to say what a “time waster” is, anyway? One man’s waste is another man’s treasure. We’ll look at this in […]
Spelling and grammar in writing are important A reader sent in the question, “Can I ignore things like spelling and grammar in my writing? Isn’t that the editor’s job?” In a word, no. The editor’s job is to shape and guide your work, not to fix things that you should already know how to do. […]
Freelance writers might find that doing their taxes isn’t as simple as it was before they started their own business. Big disclaimer: I am not a tax professional, and nothing here should be construed as giving tax advice. It is merely information and personal experience. See your tax professional for advice about your specific situation. […]
I am not your mama. I can’t tell you what goes in your “time wasters” list. Even your mama can’t determine what is a waste of time for you. A few questions that might help you figure it out.
Facebook is a time waster, right? Before you say anything, please let me tell you a story. One night I was just about ready to go to bed and had left my facebook window open (I do that often). I heard the characteristic “plunk” sound it made when someone started a chat with me. I sat down and […]