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Grammar 101: Leech and Leach

November 17th, 2014

If you have a good-for-nothing acquaintance who is constantly mooching off of the people around him, if this person is always trying to extract resources from others, you might call this person a leech. Or is he a leach? Both leech and leach are pronounced exactly the same way, but just like site and cite, […]

Freelance Business: The Fear Never Goes Away

November 13th, 2014

Striking it out on your own involves taking a monumental leap of faith. It doesn’t matter how much confidence you have in your skills as a graphic designer, freelance writer, business consultant or wedding photographer; you can never really know how successful your small business will be until you take the plunge into the great […]

More Writing Around the Web

November 7th, 2014

Some of you may know me best for the blogging I do here on Beyond the Rhetoric, but my “day job” as a freelance writer means that the majority of the content that I write ends up getting published elsewhere. And while I do cover a fairly broad range of subject matter for my clients, […]

Giving Clients Access to Work in Progress

November 6th, 2014

In a What’s Up Wednesdays speedlink a couple of weeks ago, I included a blog post from a professional photographer who said that he will never give his RAW files to his clients. He said this is because the RAW files don’t fully represent his work and his creative vision. He said this was akin […]

Grammar 101: Nip It In The Bud or Butt?

October 30th, 2014

It’s time to explore another English idiom that many people often get wrong. Just as someone might refer to a “mother load” when they really mean to say “mother lode” instead, it is surprisingly common to hear people talking about nipping something in the “butt” when the correct idiom is to “nip it in the […]

Charging for PayPal Fees and Other Transaction Costs

October 27th, 2014

There are many factors that go into determining a rate quote for any given freelance writing project. We have to look at the overall scope of the writing project, for example, as well as the amount of research or background work that is needed. If I need to purchase a specific product or subscribe to […]

Grammar 101: Extract or Exact Revenge?

October 20th, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard the line in a Hollywood blockbuster involving a superhero and his quest for vengeance. Maybe you’ve heard it in the context of a video game or television show filled with explosive action and intense drama. When a character says that he will not rest until he exacts his revenge, what exactly does […]

Sunday Snippet: John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

October 12th, 2014

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” I suppose it’s not terribly surprising that I am oftentimes drawn to quotes by writers about writing, given that I make my living […]