Why and How I Save Money By Using YouNeedABudget

I don’t mean for this to sound like a commercial ad, but until I started using the online, budget-to-zero system and service, YouNeedABudget, I never handled my personal expenses as effectively as I do now. Because I work as a blogger, freelancer, and a part-time contractor,  I have to manage my income and expenses carefully in order…

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Why I No Longer Handwrite

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.”   In the last say seven years, and especially since I started using the iPhone and iPad, I haven’t handwritten more than a few pages of writing. In many ways, I probably could be losing my handwriting skills, or at least the patience to write using pen…

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The Hardest Part Of Writing My Book

  The hardest part about writing my new book was the editing and proofreading. There’s no getting around that part of the process. You can’t automate it, you can’t do it in ten easy steps, and you’ll feel like the job is never done. Fortunately I had a few people help me with the proofreading– particularly…

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10 Reasons I Prefer Digital Journal Writing Over Pen and Paper

  There are lengthy debates about pen and paper versus digital journal writing, with the former still the preferred method of most journal and diary writers. As I write in the introduction of my forthcoming book, I have used both writing methods for journal writing, and I can honestly say I don’t feel or see…

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Why and How I’m Blogging My First Book

Thanks Nina Amir’s How to Blog a Book, I’m feeling more confident about using drafts of my forthcoming book, Starting From Day One, to post and share on this site. Traditionally most writers have not always let it be known what book they’re working on, and maybe for good reasons. But after reading Nina’s book…

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Why I’m Publishing My First Book Using iBooks Author

Inspired by David Sparks (aka, MacSparky), co-host, along with Katie Floyd, of the popular Mac Power Users Podcast, I am finally writing a book finishing a book that will be published using iBooks Author. David has published four books using the platform, most notably, Paperless. I wrote a review of iBooks Author when it was first…

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7 Reasons Why Most People Find Writing Hard to Do

As a professional freelance writer and former teacher of writing, I’m very familiar with how challenging writing can be. Most people don’t look forward to writing beyond Twitter or Facebook posts. Writing is a task and a job that many people put off doing until the last minute, or they hire a freelancer like myself…

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