Moving On

At some point in time we must each move on. From things that are no longer working for us, to things that drive us to become better – or perhaps more – than we are now. Things that hold our interests; things we are passionate about.

I feel that time has come for me. I want to help you to create their success, even if that success has nothing to do with the various ways to freelance. Or, if you want to include other types of successful career moves, as I do.

Visit:

Create Your Success

With my new site, that is exactly what I’m attempting to do. Launched minimally in 2017, I’ll be adding much to the new site in 2018 and beyond, including blog posts, free worksheets and projects, encouragement for people who want to create their own success, whatever that might be.

I’m so excited!

During this transitional period, a number of things will be happening to Live the Freelance Life:

  1. I’ll be going through all the content on this site to see what I may be able to re-purpose on the new site, what I might create freebies from, and what I can put together eBooks with. This could take anywhere from one month to twelve.
  2. I will shut down this site when that is done, and all of my old posts and photographs have been saved elsewhere.
  3. I will close the Facebook page, How to Live the Freelance Life.
  4. I will close the archive site for Freelance Ponderings and Advice, after creating a free eBook from the information there.
  5. I’ll be getting rid of as many links back to here as I can from the various social media platforms.

On top of all of this, I’ll be concentrating on making Create Your Success as successful as I can, and working on my fiction writing. It will be a busy, exciting year! I hope you’ll join me over on the new site.

All of this falls in line with many of things I want to accomplish in my life, including Taking Care of Business, staying within my Happiness Factor, and Trying New Things. All equally important.

Shannon

P.S. If you are looking for more information on creating your freelance career, I still have plenty available. Check out my eBooks today:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/shannon-l-buck/a-freelancers-helper/ebook/product-20745797.html

 

A Freelancer’s Helper

Only $1.99 for a limited time. Get your copy today!

In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

Be sure to also check out:

 

Organize Your Space and Stuff by Shannon L. Buck Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. https://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-Space-Stuff-Freelance-ebook/dp/B01BIEZYHK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Green Your Freelance Business by Shannon L. Buck Discover many ways to green your business activities as well as your office. http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/shannon-l-buck/green-your-freelance-business/ebook/product-22600904.html

Careers for Freelancers by Shannon L. Buck - Interested in building a career from the comfort of your own home? Or expanding on the career you've already created? http://www.lulu.com/shop/shannon-l-buck/careers-for-freelancers/ebook/product-22871912.html

Let Your Teen Help By Shannon L. Buck




Are You a NaNoWriMo Rebel?

Winner-2014-Square-ButtonI’ve been doing some reading on the NaNoWriMo site, even though I’m not planning to join the fun this year.

Why? Because I’m curious.

About what? Their official stance on writing nonfiction rather than fiction for the challenge.

You see, I’ve been toying with the idea of using the challenge to write a work of nonfiction, but in previous years I’ve seen where a few fiction writer’s have come down hard on nonfiction writers for even suggesting such a thing. Yikes!

But, I’ve been wondering why it’s such a big deal to some people and not others. Then I came across a thread in the forum called Am I a Rebel? Find Out Here. Of course, I started reading. Here’s what I learned:

Heather Dudley starts the thread with a post explaining what a rebel is. She’s quite thorough, and it is worth a read if you write nonfiction and want a challenge to kick your butt into gear.

In her post, she explains that the type of manuscript I want to write is covered under the rebel title so, in a year or two, I might do this. Especially if I need a kick in the pants to start a book. According to Heather, I can even validate the book if I want.

There you have it. There is such a thing as  NaNoWriMo rebel, and you might be one if you choose to join the challenge. To find out more, read Heather’s post on the topic in the forum.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Happy writing!

Shannon




April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Challenge Wrap Up

How are you doing with the final week of tasks for the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge? Congratulations! You are just about finished.

Create a description to your e-book and place it on your blog or site. Link the title to your manuscript. If you wish to sell the manuscript, you can do this through an entity such as lulu.com. Follow the sites steps for uploading the manuscript. It is not difficult, but may take a little time depending on how fast your computer is.

Now, let everyone you know in on how they can get your e-book. Where it is, what format it comes in, and whether or not it is free. Talk about it. Link to it. Write a blog post about it. Have business cards made up if you like.

Shannon L. Buck

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April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Editing and Publishing

And the fourth and final week of the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge begins…

Are your ready for yet another productive week?

Remember: Productivity is key.

You have come a long way in this challenge, and you will finish up by the end of the weekend. How do you feel? Are you happy with your accomplishments? You should be.

All of the writing should be done at this point, and it is time to move on. Time to finish the project and get it published. Here we go!

Edit

Before you can publish anything, you must edit. Many people will be able to accomplish this with one read through, changing anything necessary. This may take an evening, a day. Others may need to read through twice. I suggest doing this second read through tomorrow to give yourself a break. This will make it easier to catch the last few typos. Still, others may wish to have someone else read over the material and make suggestions. This person may catch things you do not.

You should only need a day, possibly two, for the publishing process,

so spend this week editing and save the rest for the

weekend if possible.

What are you looking for when editing? Start with the obvious. Use the spell and grammar check functions in your word processor. Be careful, though. These functions are not always right. Punctuation is another important factor. Be sure to use question marks appropriately, and eliminate or seriously restrict the use of exclamation marks. They are rarely needed. Be sure that apostrophes and commas are used correctly as well.

Before finishing up, read the manuscript aloud. Be sure that each paragraph, each sentence, flows naturally when read this way. You do not want your manuscript to sound broken, disconnected.

Now is also the time to make sure you have gotten your point across.

 Publishing

After your manuscript has been edited, you will want to create an e-book. This can be done in the form of a PDF document, which is easy to create within your word processing software. For instance, when using OpenOffice, simply click on the PDF icon in the tool bar. For me, this is the second tool bar from the top, the sixth icon in. Using this icon will aid you in publishing the manuscript.

There you have it, the finished product. Now you can sell manuscript on your site and elsewhere. I will elaborate on this a little in Fridays’ challenge wrap up.

UP NEXT: Challenge Wrap Up

Happy Writing!

Shannon L. Buck

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April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Third Weekly Follow Up

How are you doing with your third week of task for the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge? It can be both fun and time consuming, I know. It may also make you nervous. Don’t worry about that, though. You are doing just fine.

Aim to be done with the writing process by Sunday evening. And remember, no editing!

NEXT: April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Editing and Publishing

Shannon L. Buck

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April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Continue Writing

And the third week of the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge begins…

Are your ready for yet another productive week?

Remember: Productivity is key.

Here we are, at the top of the third week of the Write Your Own E-Book Challenge. Are you happy with your progress last week? Did you accomplish all you wanted to? If so, good for you! You are on track with this challenge and doing well.

If not, why? Even if you only got half of what you wanted done, you still made progress. Challenge yourself to do more this week 🙂

This week is really just a continuation of last week. It is time to finish up the actual writing. Do not worry about anything else. Do not read over what you have done already. Do not edit. Just continue to write.

At this point, evaluate where you are:

If you still have a lot to finish, you may need to allow yourself more writing

time.

If you are further ahead than you had planned, you may be able to spend less

time writing this week.

Do you need more time for research? Be sure to account for this in your

scheduling for the week.

Continue writing this week, with the ultimate goal of finishing the manuscript by Sunday. Work diligently. Keep plucking away every chance you get, and you will finish. Why? Because you already have everything planned out. You organized everything during the first week so you would already know what you wanted to writing.

NOTE: While it is tempting to edit a manuscript as soon as you are finished the writing process, refrain from doing so until next week. It is good to have a little time away from a manuscript. This makes the editing process go better.

ACTION STEPS:

  1. Schedule your writing time for the week.

  2. Do not forget to calculate in time for research as well, if needed.

  3. When the manuscript is done. Put it away until next week.

UP NEXT: Third Weekly Follow Up

Happy Writing!

Shannon L. Buck

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April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Second Weekly Follow Up

How are you doing with your second week of task for the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge? It can be both fun and time consuming, I know. It may also make you nervous. Don’t worry about that, though. You are doing just fine.

You still have another week to work on the writing, so don’t feel rushed. It will all come together soon, if it hasn’t already.

NEXT: April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Finish the Writing

Shannon L. Buck

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April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Begin Writing

And the second week of the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge begins…

Are your ready for another productive week?

Remember: Productivity is key.

Now that you have completed the brainstorming, organizing and outlining tasks, it is time to move onto the actual writing. I know that some people prefer to write out a manuscript on paper before typing it into there word processor. However, the process really does go significantly faster if you enter the words directly into the processor. You may not be able to finish the e-book otherwise.

You have two weeks to complete the actual writing.

The last week of this challenge is reserved for editing.

Research

Before beginning the first day of writing. Do a quick search online for any information you may need to write your e-book. This should not take a long time, because you are writing on a topic you are already passionate about. Note sources, in case you have to site them in the book.

Scheduling Time

If you are lucky, you will be able to work on the writing aspect of this challenge all day each day. Or most of the day 😉 Many of us have day jobs, though, so we will have to come up with a schedule for writing.

Set a specific block of time, if possible, for each day (starting today!) of the next two weeks for this task. Maybe two hours a day. Maybe four. The amount of time spent may vary by day. For instance, you may only have one hour to spend writing on Monday and Tuesday of the first week, three hours Wednesday through Friday, then all day on Saturday and Sunday. This is fine.

The amount of time needed will depend on how quickly you type, how long the manuscript will be, and your daily responsibilities. This time block can be adjusted part way through the second week, to give you more time or less, dependent on how the manuscript is coming along by that time.

Note that some people prefer to schedule writing so many words a day, or even a chapter a day.

Let Everyone Know

Tell people you cannot be interrupted at these times, unless there is an emergency. Turn the cell phone off. Turn the answering machine on. Hang a note on the front door as a reminder. And let your immediate family know that you love them but you are working on a project that needs your attention.

Begin Writing!

Sit down at the computer and urn it on. Open your idea notebook. Go into your word processor and begin writing! Use this initial block of time to write a Dedication and About the Author page, as well as an introduction to the book. If you have the time, begin writing the first part or chapter to the book. If not, rest assured that you have completed the first two or three pages of the book.

Each day, write during your scheduled block of time. (Or, write however many words you have scheduled. Or, write the chapter for that day.) Do not worry about editing. This will come later.

NOTE: Note that single parents with young children/babies will have to schedule their time accordingly. This may mean writing during naps or after the children are in bed for the night.

ACTION STEPS:

  1. Write each day during your scheduled time!

  2. You may notice, as you write, that new ideas pop into your head. This is fine. Go with it.

UP NEXT: Second Weekly Follow Up

Happy Brainstorming!

Shannon L. Buck

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April 2012 E-Book Challenge: First Weekly Follow Up

How are you doing with your first week of tasks for the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge? It can be both fun and time consuming, I know. It may also make you nervous. Don’t worry about that, though. You are doing just fine.

Have you finished your beginning brainstorming tasks? I’ll bet you had fun with that. I always do.

You should have organized the needed pages in your notebook according to topic now, and have been working on more brainstorming techniques to finish the subtopic lists for each topic. The subtopic brainstorming activity can take time, and you may not be finished yet. This is fine. You have the weekend to finish up. The next challenge step will not be posted until Monday.

Remember to number the subtopics in the order in which you wish to mention them.

NEXT: April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Begin Writing

Shannon L. Buck

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April 2012 E-Book Challenge: Brainstorming, Organizing and Outlining

And the first week of the 4 Week Write Your Own E-Book Challenge begins…

Are your ready?

Writing an e-book can be a challenging and time consuming task if it is not planned out accordingly. However, by setting a schedule and buckling down, you will be able to write an e-book within a one-month time frame.

In this challenge, I will guide you through the process of creating one of these books, explaining the steps and offering examples of how to perform them. My goal is to help you create something special. Something all your own that can be given away or sold on your own website or blog.

Brainstorming

The first step in writing an e-book is coming up with a topic. Sit down with a pen and notebook, and brainstorm ideas for your e-book. You will want to write what you know, so as to limit or eliminate the amount of research time for the project. Make a list of topics that you are passionate about, things that you enjoy and know something about. Some examples include: Blogging, cooking, babysitting and article writing.

Once the step above is complete, note which topics you would be most interested in writing on. Enjoying what you write is key to finishing the challenge.

From the second list, decide what the topic of the e-book for this challenge will be. Start a new page in your notebook, indicating possible titles at the top.

Now brainstorm a list of topics you would like to cover in the book. For instance, if the e-book will be about article writing, you might touch upon topics such as generating ideas, brainstorming, finding writing opportunities and editing your own work. Think about everything you want to write about and enter a short (a few words) explanation after each.

Organizing

It is important to organize the brainstormed list of topics into a cohesive format. Begin a new page in your notebook, and list the topics you want to write about in the order they should appear in the book. You might think in terms of steps. What is the natural procession for your e-book? What should your reader do or learn about first? Second? Last? Decide now how your e-book will be set up.

Outlining (and more Brainstorming)

Writing one topic at the top of a new page. Continue this for as many pages as you have topics for, giving each topic one page. (For an extra long book, I might use two pages per topic.)

On each page, make notes on subtopics that you want to write for the given topic. If you remember, you wrote a short note after each topic during the brainstorming session. Now is the time to expand on that. Go through each topic page, expanding and brainstorming more ideas.

Go through each idea under each topic and number them in the order in which you would like to write them. This is your last step, and is done when you have completed all the brainstorming activities have been completed. Admittedly, this is not the most attractive way to complete this task. However, it does work for me. Over time, you will find your own ways to organize information.

The brainstorming task in this last step may take until the end of the first week. This is fine, and expected. Each day you might come up with new ideas, so don’t rush this process.

NOTE: Listing ideas is only one way to brainstorm ideas. Some people use charts, mind maps or other tactics. Research the topic of brainstorming if this method does not work for you.

ACTION STEPS:

  1. Do the brainstorming technique in mentioned in this post, or incorporate your own.

  2. Organize your beginning thoughts.

  3. Outline your ideas. Keep thinking about what you want to write, and keep your notebook and pen with you at all times to record thoughts that come into your mind.

UP NEXT: First Weekly Follow Up

Happy Brainstorming!

Shannon L. Buck

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