Belief, bias & rules

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Back in 2001, when I first set up my writing business, here's a small sample of what was common advice at the time. You must have an office in an office park, otherwise you're not a real business. You must have a fax machine. And a separate land line. Otherwise people won't take you seriously. It's okay if your website is nothing but static content on cheap hosting. You're going to do Click to continue

Writing advice: what to do when you’re stuck

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Anyone can be a writer, it’s true. But sometimes---whether you’re writing for the web, crafting an article, a direct marketing piece or a book---you’re going to get stuck and it can seem as if no amount of rewriting is going to fix your copy. Don’t wait for that sinking feeling to set in. Here’s the first thing you must do. Keep writing. Don’t give in to that feeling that says you need Click to continue

Business apps for iPad: a writer’s take

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At the consumer level, it doesn’t take very long for the iPad to win people over. It’s easy to see its appeal for personal use (and I’m pretty sure I don’t need to rehash all the reasons why here). But what about for business? That’s an area that’s still being explored in terms of finding ROI. So let me share what I know about that. I've been using my iPad professionally since its US launch Click to continue

Be nice to your back: buy a good office chair

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This came up in a discussion I had the other day, and the advice I offered is important...the kind that's based on "don't make the same mistake as me, folks." If you spend a lot of time in your office, buy the absolute best, most comfortable, most adjustable office chair you can find. Put "low price" at the bottom of your list of must-haves. You are going to spend more—maybe even a lot Click to continue

Do you still use browser bookmarks?

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There was a time when my browser's bookmark collection numbered in the 100s, all neatly grouped into a range of categories. Eventually, I realized that most of these links just ended up adding to the cruft in my bookmarks column. What I also discovered was that a good number of these links I had accumulated over the years were pages that I hadn't revisited in so long that the material there Click to continue