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Don’t Let That Idea Go to Waste!

There are ideas and inspiration to be found in nearly everything and most creative writers can attest to this fact. Whether you are a creative writer or you prefer to write on topics that are a little more technical, you can get inspiration from daily life. A trip to the store or a trip around the world can yield lots

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Camera Cuisine: Posting Food Photos on Instagram

With the advent of mobile smartphones, taking pictures on-the-go has become commonplace. So common in fact, that an entire site dedicated to mobile images has become extremely popular. Of course, I am talking about Instagram. Unlike other image sites such as Flickr or even image uploads on Facebook, you can only upload images to Instagram from a mobile device. This

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Time for a Break!

Many freelancers experience a situation in which they need to take a break from full-time freelancing. Some writers will take a break from writing completely, while others cut down to writing part-time to keep an income flowing. Family commitments, health issues, and military service may all come between a freelance writer and writing full-time. However, some ...

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Take Stock of Your Stock: Are Outdated Pictures Driving Customers Away?

Posted on by Kate C
We all easily recognize the stereotypical — and sometimes even offensive — pictures used in the advertising of yesteryear. You know the type. The beautifully coifed mother beaming at the camera as she joyfully cooks and cleans. Dad and Brother playing football out on the lawn while Sis watches contentedly from the sidelines, dainty and clean in her ...

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Tips from the Talent Team: Most Frequent Grammar and Content Issues in Writer Profiles

This week, I reread one of the first sci-fi/fantasy books that lured me into writing Wonderland as a small, squishy child: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. An illustration from the book explaining the concept of a tesseract has clung to me through the years, pictured below. I have a strong suspicion that this is what happened to the month

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The Unseen World

Welcome to Writer Rants–where every Friday a writer just lets loose on whatever the heck is bugging him this week. Enjoy. Virtual work relationships are far more complex than they appear to be. When you hire a blogger, what you are getting is an independent writer, not an employee. That little fine line changes a lot of things. Freelance writers are

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5 Ways a Landing Page Copywriter Can Boost Your Business

Landing pages are some of the best ways to bring targeted visitors to your website and get them to complete actions you would like them to take. However, not every landing page is created equal. A good page is brief, clear, and guides your visitors to a specific action. A bad landing page is unappealing, busy, and may confuse visitors. Discover

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Input From a Weblog Stalker: Lessons in Ideation

Posted on by Anne G
There’s a fine between following your favorite blogger and becoming a weblog stalker. I’m a stalker, myself. I have all my favorite bloggers on digital speed dial, so to speak, and I check in on them several times a day when I’m working–just to make sure everything’s okay and no one has developed a terminal case of writer’s block or

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5 Tips for Managing Bloggers for Hire and Other Freelancers From the Gang on Sesame Street

Working with bloggers for hire, web copywriters, designers, and other content creators is awfully exciting—and a lot of work too! After all, these creative types can be as difficult to work with as a room full of toddlers when they become a bit stubborn about their ideas and creative processes. With toddlers, you may serve juice and cookies and turn

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What I’ve Learned as a Real Estate Writer

My husband and I just bought a house. For us, this is not just a house, but somewhere we plan to call home for years to come. I have never owned a home before and never gone through the home buying process. However, I do have firsthand knowledge of the real estate industry, picked up from my work as a

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Writer Spotlight: Jon Erik C

Meet writer Jon Erik C from Boston, MA! Q. If you had a catchphrase, what would it be? A. “Wait, why’d I walk into this room?” Q. What is your day job super power? A. Finding new and creative ways to get distracted. Q. Best advice you’ve ever received? A. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it

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How To Drive A Writer Crazy, Just For Fun

Posted on by Bob P
From a writer’s perspective, clients are a necessary evil. There are always those writers one encounters on forums, the ones who write ‘for the sheer joy of writing’ and to express the ‘yearnings of their soul,’ but the rest of us poor schmoes are trying to make some kind of a living. And that means clients. It’s the very definition of a

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