How to deal with negative reviews 

So, the time has come. You get a notification for your posted fanfic/short story/novel and you go to check out the review only to find out that it’s — gasp —negative?!  That weird whirlwind of anger, shame, and indignation you’re feeling right now is one that we’ve all felt at one point or another. Whether it was from a particularly harsh critiquing group or an online anonymous 123username reader, it cuts deep.  So, what do you do?

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The best freelancing platforms

When I started out, there wasn’t much out there for trustworthy online platforms to advertise my services, but now there seems to be one on every virtual corner!  If you’re looking at getting involved with freelancing platforms, you’ll want to take the time to figure out what the best one is.

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5 things not to say to a writer

As any professional writer will tell you, you’ll hear a lot more negativity than positivity out there.  The goal is to focus on the positivity, of course, but there are those lines that just somehow always manage to sneak through your thick skin and bug the heck out of you. Here are my own “most likely to punch you in the face” lines.

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3 things to say to a writer

Out of nothing more than 26 letters, writers can create entire universes with characters and stories that will bring readers to tears.  Yet despite this truly awe-inspiring talent, there are many well-intentioned people out there (many of whom may be readers themselves) who don’t appreciate this effort. Here are 3 things to say to a writer you believe in. 

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The worst words ever

As much as I love words, there are just those that take up space and don’t often give you anything for it. I know that professional writers are supposed to love all words, but that’s overrated.  Some words are just completely useless and leave good writers open to ridicule when used in conversation or writing. 

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The best words ever

It’s no secret that all writers love words!  We work with them day-in and day-out and we’ve all got our favourites.  However, it isn’t too often that any of us agree on what the best words ever are.  Below are some of my favourite words that tickle me in all of my happy writer places.

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How to win over a customer

As if researching, writing and editing weren’t enough to handle as a professional writer, you also have to figure out creative ways to win over the customer.  With all of the competition out there, it may seem that trying to keep the customer interested is an impossible task, but you’ll be pleased to learn that it isn’t.  It simply goes back to the core concept of why you’re in business in the first place: because you’re good at what you do.

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