Tag Archive: writing

Jun 14

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Whenever I want to type, “last year was challenging,” I always feel the need to write about the year before that for context, because that year was challenging, too.  But then that year requires the previous year for context, and so on.  I have to go back to when my life went from manageable and …

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Apr 28

The First Draft

In the early 1990s, George R.R. Martin (GRRM) called it quits with Hollywood and hunkered down at his home in New Mexico.  He was tired of being told to cut his scripts down, and he wanted to write a sprawling epic that was not constrained by budgets or other meddlesome hands.  He began to write …

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Jul 09

The Importance of Website Content

Website content is probably the most viewed content today.  And yet, I think it’s often written as an afterthought.  Sometimes website content focuses on over-selling a business, or it doesn’t include enough information about a product.  For example, a client of mine (a Portland-area dentist) told me that my home page didn’t sell my services …

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Apr 24

The Lucky Seven

Although Twitter and Facebook dominate the blogging and sharing spaces in our lives, there is something pretty special about blog memes.   A typical blog meme entails some kind of a list, then you “tag” your friends, ask them to make their own lists, tag more friends, and so on.  I fondly remember a few blog …

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Mar 15

Brave Little Blogger

Brave Little Blogger Contest

I’m proud to be a prize donor for fellow freelance writer Emily Suess‘ “Brave Little Blogger” contest.   “What is this contest about, Mahesh?”  I’m glad you asked! It’s a free contest for all bloggers.   As Emily says, “it doesn’t matter whether you blog for fun or money … through blogging, we are all given a …

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Jan 31

Your Favorite Music

As a freelance writer near Portland, Oregon, I appreciate songs that are powerful and meaningful.   Portland is a music-loving city.  And, of all the content in the world, nothing brings people together or tears them apart more than a song.   Many of my friends, past and present, would happily classify themselves as music elitists.   …

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Oct 30

Freelance Writer: Television Writing

When I was a kid, I remember writers and commentators refer to television as, “the idiot box.”  And it’s not hard to see why, when you consider the shows that have gotten on the air over the years! Humor is particularly difficult to write.  What one person thinks is funny leaves another person cold.  I …

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Oct 03

Freelance Writer: Excellent Website Content

I love writing website content.  It’s challenging and rewarding.  You have to engage people’s interest, and (hopefully) “convert” them into customers … or entice them to return.   For today’s blog post, I want to focus on two websites that engaged me through excellent copywriting, as well as effective visuals and superlative design. (And I have …

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Sep 06

Freelance Writer: Great Screenwriting

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This blog post is the first of several examples of great writing (in my opinion).  As a freelance writer, I wanted to share the kind of writing that inspires me. Today I’m writing about Unforgiven, one of my most favorite films.  It stars Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Jaimz Woolvett, Richard Harris, and Frances …

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Aug 25

Post-Dragon Blues

There is a subset of fantasy literature called Big Fat Fantasy (BFF).  Or door-stoppers … because they look like this. My first foray into BFF territory was Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.  I really enjoyed that series until Jordan created way too many plot, sub-plot, sub-sub-plot, and sub-sub-sub plot threads.  I gave up on …

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