A SLW Writing Tip 2
by John Perrodin
Freelancers need jobs if they want to put food on the table. And
sometimes we get so hungry that we make mistakes. We don't
read through contracts before signing. Or we take projects for
the money without considering that sometimes we must learn to
say "no." That our valuable time just isn't worth the hassle!
If you DO decide that you're onto a great writing lead than be
smart. Get your arrangement put it in writing. Same goes if
you're collaborating. Make sure that both partners know what
their responsibility is. Dealing with questions and talking out
concerns first, will prevent problems later.
Sadly the days are long gone when you can trust a handshake
or even the word of a friend. Promises are often forgotten, and
commitments ignored when disagreements strike.
Today, it's best to be sure your assignment is clearly set out.
Both what's expected of you and when it's due. If you have
questions, ask before you say "yes." You'll be glad after the
fact that you took the time to work through the details upfront
-- before trouble arose.
A SLW Writing Tip 1
Writing regularly, reading, and remaining positive
by John Perrodin
First: write a little every day. Even if you're sick and can only
crawl to the keyboard. Write something. Anything. Writing is a
discipline and unless you make wordsmithing a part of your life,
it won't be. Kind of like prayer or offering words of
encouragement. Unless you practice all the time you won't
Second: tear apart magazines. This fits in the "read" category.
But besides reading the publications you subscribe to, take the
time to pull out articles that you think you might one day find
useful. Be sure you categorize them into a "ideas" or "super
weird ideas" folders. Once a month, go through all the bright
pictures and intriguing headlines to see what you can use. If the
story still appeals to you, keep it. If not, trash it. Sometimes it's
difficult to get through the stack of incoming mail, but often
there's a gem waiting.
Third: tune out the negative voices. Whether your own cranky
soundtrack of the mind, or the negative words of others, shut
out the junk and remember that God called you to write. He's
your boss, your ultimate reviewer. Don't get caught up in
cutting comments. Just do your best and keep striving to