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50 Story Ideas for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Writing a novel is hard. Writing a novel in one month is almost impossible! November is National Novel Writing Month, a fun event that dares you to write an entire novel in thirty stressful days. But time is already running out! Where will you get your ideas? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. If you’re stuck for a story idea or plot, turn any of these into a bestselling novel!

1. An orphan is having a hell of a time.
2. Three friends become friends with another human person.
3. A magic tiger just can’t seem to get it together.
4. Petunia discovers all sorts of things regarding a variety of topics.
5. A character changes as a result of several events.
6. The Old Navy store is closed, but the parking lot is full.
7. Gender-swapped Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
8. A story about a bee named Tapioca.
9. Pool party at Harriett’s!
10. Three dogs are transported. Continue reading 50 Story Ideas for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

This Blog Is Engaging and Perfect

“The ideal reading length for a blog post is seven minutes. That translates to roughly 1,600 words.” – Content writing advice offered by marketing experts.

Seven minutes? That makes sense. I haven’t timed my eyeballs or my brain, but spending seven minutes on a blog seems right. If you want an engaging blog, it should take seven minutes to read. However, here we are at the mere 70-word mark and, whoa boy, I’m not sure I can make it to the full 1,600 with this little blog. Right now, it’s more a greeting card than a blog. And we all know how non-impactful (impactless?) and non-viral (healthy?) a greeting card is. I don’t want this to be a willowy and weak greeting card. This is a powerful and mighty blog! This needs to be something big, something substantial, something you can print out and nail to the wall with a railroad spike!
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An Angry Writer

As a freelance writer in 2016, I don’t have the luxury of choice when it comes to assignments. I take what I can get and am thankful for all work that comes my way. Two years ago, a friend of mine landed a job at a company called Mode Media and she reached out to me during her hunt for freelancers. This friend is a great person, and no part of the following rant is directed at her. She’s cool. The company she worked for was not cool. (She’s probably reading this, and wishing she could correct my grammar and spelling!)

Mode Media was a clickbait site that wanted, I assume, to become some sort of Pinterest/Buzzfeed hybrid. The work was easy — make a few listicles every week and get paid once a month.

And then they stopped paying me. At first, they would send out apologetic emails saying how they understand my frustration and that they are working hard to make sure their writers are paid. Three months later, I would receive payment, but usually only after I begged like a Charles Dickens character and promised to eat all my vegetables.

I’ve ranted before about freelancers forced to beg for their payment. It’s awful.

And I know that as a freelancer, a gig can end at any time. I accept that.

But Mode closed up shop this week, firing all employees and leaving freelancers twisting in the wind. They still owe me money for three months of work. I will never see that money. Continue reading An Angry Writer

Freelance Writing Tip #355

No matter how many times you pitch your editor the story, “Opossums Are Probably Dogs That A Witch Cursed,” the editor won’t assign it until you get an actual quote, and quoting yourself, even if you use an Irish accent, apparently does not count as a primary source…even if you totally know the truth about opossums.Possum