Archive for the ‘ Writing Tips ’ Category

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...

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...

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...