Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
From an actual ad: "Every director needs a demo reel, every photographer needs a portfolio, every writer needs published work they can point to. Get your work published on our blog now! This is an unpaid, freelance, telecommute position.
Tell us again, why can't anyone get published on their own blog? Darn—you don't benefit!
"We pay on publication." What if the piece gets pushed back an issue? What if you decide not to run it at all? By the way, a kill fee is no substitute for full payment if you kill the piece due to no fault of the writer (say, lack of space). Pay on pub usually means the writer waits more than 30 days—sometimes a lot more, months even. Smart as most writers are, they still use money for essentials like everyone else.
Clip art dog seeks to restore respect to writing profession
This is the overflow system for our writer's humor site, Writer's Catablog. It contains spare wit from our fecund, though frazzled, writer brains. As we add new material to the website, we will archive what we remove from the site here. Scribbles, The Writer's Friend, is our anchor in sanity and hosts both sites. You can also go to http://www.writerscatablog.com and buy a coffee mug or bumper sticker starring the indefatigable canine. Or go to Scribbles' own blog (http://scribblesthedog.wordpress.com) and read his thoughts and meet some of his friends.