12 girls, 24 titties, 13,537 words

My novel, Naked Montreal, is 27% complete, according to my Scribometer: [caption id="attachment_3320" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Oops, that should read WORDS not PAGES!"][/caption] Currently, the plan involves putting a minimum of 500 words on paper per weekday (Mon-Thurs), and 1,500 words on paper per weekend day (Fri-Sun), so I can finish this first draft in a month and a half Continue Reading...

Don’t sell yourself short: Advice from a social media queen

I recently had the chance to interview Aimee Davison, a Montrealer who has gone from underpaid actress to Social Media Guru with her blog, 100 Jobs. Asking her about how she did it, I also wanted to know what advice she had for writers, specifically, and her main concept was one that most will agree with: Don't sell yourself short. Indeed, the quote I liked best from this particular Continue Reading...

Defending content mills is dumb

I subscribe to the weekly email from FundsForWriters, which features a variety of writing tips, markets to try, and pep talks from editor Hope Clark. This week, Hope published (with trepidation) a feature piece from a writer by the name of Nannette Croce who actually had the audacity to defend content mills like Suite101, Demand Studios and others that seek to exploit writers in most unpleasant Continue Reading...

Poets and Writers Magazine: A comparison in copy

It's funny how people will treat you differently, once they perceive you as a "real" writer. For an entertaining example, let's compare and contrast a couple of mailings I recently received from Poets & Writers Magazine. Consider it a copywriting critique, as there are some important differences between these two representative samples. Figure A contains the note P&W originally sent Continue Reading...

Buy mini-books for mini prices

It's a new year with new resolutions, one of which was my promise to write haiku on a daily basis. (The other is to finish my novel before we all die in 2012, but that's another blog.) Since I've accumulated a number of haiku that I have deemed hilarious, angry or simply bizarre, I've decided to start selling a series of inexpensive mini-books for those who enjoy the form. The first in the Continue Reading...

5 writing books worth the price

As someone who has gone to school to learn how to write (and graduated With Distinction), I have quite a collection of books that claim to teach people how to write. To some extent, anything that you read will help you become a better writer, as the old prof's advice goes. Ultimately, you learn how to write better by writing, and by reading. But here are some books that I've enjoyed, in case Continue Reading...

Writing tips for n00bs: Get a job!

Back when I was finishing up my writing degree and looking to land a nice "writing job," I found myself a bit confused about where a writer might seek out these kinds of dream jobs. After all, everyone knows classified ads are dead and Craigslist is full of scammers and spammers. So where do the pros go when they're looking for legitimate writing jobs? Here's what I learned from my J-school Continue Reading...

Reading as Rx

The latest issue of ReadyMade features a piece called "Required Reading," which highlights a London institution called The School of Life, where "bibliotherapists" prescribe books to their "patients." Give your bibliotherapist a list of your reading preferences and some life goals, and you'll get your own personalized reading list. Hot, right? Unfortunately for the broke-asses of the world, Continue Reading...

4th of July haiku

Normally I don't like to share my haiku with my husband. It's not that I'm afraid of his judgement, exactly. It's more that the stuff scribbled in my personal notebooks is mostly just private. It hasn't been edited, and it's not publication-worthy, so why would I let someone else see it? But this morning he said to me, "I liked the haiku in your notebook." To which I replied suspiciously, Continue Reading...

Thriving on the deadline: Motivational tips and tricks

No matter who you are or what you choose to do with your life, motivating yourself is always going to be part of the challenge, although sometimes this seems especially true for freelancers. Sure, some days you’ll spring out of bed and gnaw away on the projects you need to finish with the intensity of a hungry beaver, but most days you’ll have excuses. Lots of them. Never fear, Continue Reading...