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Giving It Away

Throughout your freelance career, from time to time, you will be asked to work for free. Trust me on this. You will. Before you consider any such requests, you have to set up some ground rules for yourself. This is my take on the subject.

First, if you undervalue your work, you are telling the world that it has little worth. And if you give it away, you are giving it zero value. In the first instance, you will attract …

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Changing The Music

As writers — fiction or otherwise — we tend to fall in love with our words. Then we hate them. Then love them. And when we hate them yet again, that’s when we want to reach for a pistol or at least a good editor.

For speechwriters, the issue becomes really problematic. Even though we know better we too often fall for our exquisite turns of phrase, for words we know are about to leap off the page – proof …

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The Abstract Conundrum

If you write speeches for others, to be delivered at major conferences, you will be asked, by conference organizers, to provide an abstract of the presentation – often months ahead of the actual event.

This makes sense from organizers’ perspectives, since they want to provide summary information for potential attendees in their publicity and program documents.

However, for the speechwriter, these requests can present some problems. Although it is often done, it always seems to me slightly absurd to write …

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