Why I Am Taking a Short Blogging Break

January 5, 2015

I’m going to Costa Rica for 5 weeks. That’s why! And it’s going to be a true vacation: no work and very little time on the Internet. My only connection to the wider world will be through my Kindle Fire HD 7, and that’s only when I’m around a wireless connection AND I feel there […]

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Download My Podcasts About Writing Textbook Supplements

December 22, 2014

Writing supplemental materials for college textbooks has been my main freelance writing niche for over twenty years. I love the intellectual stimulation, plus I’ve made a decent income that has allowed me to live wherever I want, including three years on Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. This post shares two podcasts… My Interview with the Text and Academic […]

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How the Internet Can Hurt Your Freelance Writing Career

December 10, 2014

As a freelance writer and a human being, productivity and happiness are top priorities for me, and I was already aware of the negative effects of the Internet on my own cognitive processes and ability to feel fully alive when I read The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains in the summer of 2010. […]

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How to Coauthor a Book

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Collaborating with a coauthor on a book or other writing project is often an excellent idea; however, it can also lead to major problems. I’ll examine the benefits of coauthoring first before moving on to point out the potential perils. 3 Reasons Why You Should Coauthor The Coauthor Has Expertise or Knowledge You Don’t This is […]

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Time Management and Productivity Twitter Hashtags

November 12, 2014

Effective time management and high productivity are very important to me and most readers here at Productive Writers. That’s why I put together this list of the most important relevant hashtags for Twitter and Google+. You can use these hashtags for your own tweets and Google+ shares, or you can use them to search those […]

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The Top 27 Ways to Increase Your Writing Willpower

October 29, 2014

How strong is your willpower? Do you do what you should, when you should, whether you feel like it or not — whether it’s for your writing or any other task large or small in your life? Do you have strong self-control? Perhaps the most important factor that determines whether or not you are a […]

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Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health

October 14, 2014

I’ve frequently stressed the importance of good health to your career as a productive freelance writer. Sleep is especially crucial, not only to your ability to concentrate on your writing projects, but also so you have enough energy to get them done on time. I wrote an extensive post about how lack of adequate sleep […]

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Does a Freelance Writer Need a Post Office Box?

September 29, 2014

Why would a freelance writer or any other home-based worker want a post office box? Well, as a freelancer who has a home address and can easily get home delivery, I’ve chosen to have all my mail go to my post office box. Here’s why… The Advantages of a Post Office Box #1, If You Rent If you’re […]

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Why I Don’t Have a Smartphone

September 15, 2014

I spend a lot of time on the computer completing my freelance writing projects, and I also spend significant time on the Internet dealing with my multiple blogs, promoting my services on LinkedIn, and networking with other writers and entrepreneurial types on Twitter, Google Plus, forums, and other blogs. But when I’m not on my computer, I […]

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When and How a Freelance Writer Should Hire Help

September 2, 2014

When you become successful enough as a freelance writer, you’ll need to consider when and how to hire people so that you can become even more successful and make even more money. When Should You Hire Help? Here’s the simple Hiring-Outside-Help Maxim: Assuming you can get as much work as you want at your preferred hourly […]

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