Monthly Archives: April 2015

Time to Share

I recently had the opportunity to encourage others to become copywriters. Its a great field to make a living in. Yes, you do need to turn a blind eye toward the bright, shiny promises of get-rich-quick gurus. Copywriting is for those who are willing to exercise patience, even as they exercise their brains and marketing skills.

Im going to share here what I told them.

Its quite an interesting field, and very broad.Training is anything from teaching yourself, to investing in decent courses and subscriptions. Begin by looking up copywriting as a living (with the quote marks).

First listed after the ads is makealivingwriting.com with Carol Tice. A few links down is menwithpens.ca. Next page is copyblogger.com.

Names:

Carol Tice

Chris Marlow

Bob Bly (bly.com)

Steve Slaunwhite

Avoid odesk, elance, and the dozens of other writing sites that pay too little, or bid sites that encourage you to race to the bottom of how much youll accept as payment.

After looking through those, youll get a sense of where you want your writing career to go. Be brave! Follow that sense, and do the diligence (and use your work-smarts).

See you in the writing world!

New Directions

Once upon a time, I thought I could change the world. Some part of  still thinks so. The view of forest and tree has changed considerably between the 15-year-old in 1971, and the 58-year-old today. My beloved forest is now mostly scattered trees, and sparse landscape. However, that has distilled the distance into clarity. Those trees that still grow are more precious to me because there are fewer of them. There are more chances to save them than the entire forest.

This blog is changing directions. Instead of a copywriting sales platform, youll find opinions and ruminations and suggestions for changes. Youll read the good, the bad, and the yawn. Youll agree, disagree, or shrug. My purpose is to move you beyond the yawn and shrug. Hence, the new direction.

Come, view the remaining trees with me from the peaks and valleys. Smell the tang of fir and pine in the air. Taste fruits and nuts, burrow for veggies and truffles. Hear the life around you. Mostly of all, touch those around you, and make a new direction for yourself.