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C J McKinney
C J McKinney
C J McKinney is an award winning writer and photographer whose photographs, stories and nonfiction work has appeared in numerous publications, both online and in print. A longtime teacher of creative fiction and nonfiction, CJ documents in words and photographs the stories of the world around us.
 
Jun. 5, 2013 2:19 pm
OK, that’s a snarky headline. But I’ve read a number of online writing guides that seem designed to dumb down texts and keep readers limited. More than that, they’re designed to stifle the authentic and unique writers’ voices we always encourage. . The latest recommendations on writing for the web tell us, courtesy of the Content Marketing Institute, that sentences should be less than ten words...  Read More
Feb. 23, 2013 1:47 pm
Psst --want to be an author -- but you're too busy to write? Hate writing? Don't know your adverb from a hole in the ground? Why, there are thousands of freelance writers out there ready and eager to write your book for you -- cheap. That's the message I've been seeing again and again in my inbox, as marketer after marketer offers surefire advice on how to kill the Kindle market, become a...  Read More
Jul. 15, 2012 11:28 am
If you’re interested in writing for money at all, you’ve probably paid a visit to various freelance writing sites, where you’ll find blog posts that say NEVER, no NEVER write for the content sites -- or, as the pejorative parlance would have it, the content mills. Quit writing those short low paying articles, they say. Focus your efforts instead on finding a better paying gig and within a pretty...  Read More
Mar. 28, 2012 9:13 am
Whatever kind of writing you do, you have the power to create change. In fact, that's the magic of creative work of all kinds -- it draws back the veil, turns over rocks, shows people things they wouldn't otherwise see. "I Was Discriminated Against" is the title of blogger Ollin Morales' post from March 26, 2012. Ollin has a very cool blog called Courage 2 Create , which chronicles his journey...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2011 12:25 pm
Google's Panda update has wrought a number of changes, some good and some bad, for writers on the Web. One of these comes from the decline of content giant (or, content mill as many would have it) Demand Media Studios, which recently sent out a letter to its writers announcing vague but important changes and "new opportunities" for them to promote themselves. Since the number of titles...  Read More
Sep. 5, 2011 8:02 pm
They mean well. They really do. But while the grammar and spell checkers built into every word processing program can spare writers a ton of embarrassment by catching obvious usage and syntax goofs, they also do the opposite, generating a spate of other errors and, worse than that, stifling creativity and language play. The paradox of using grammar and spell checking software is that a writer...  Read More
Jun. 27, 2011 1:51 pm
Several of the writing blogs have been buzzing about a recent post on Skelliewag about blogging and all things pertinent to writing on the Web. Titled "Why Great Writing Doesn't Matter for the Web," this post made the point that readers of web content are not interested in the quality of writing they encounter there; it's content and information they want and anyone can offer that if they...  Read More
Jun. 27, 2011 1:04 pm
Being an observer of online writing for obvious reasons, I continue to come across more and more websites/blogs/books/DVDs claiming that this is the real truth, the ultimate guide, the only tool you'll ever need, yes really! to learn how to make money writing blogs, articles and ebooks. These things tout the usual stuff: live on your own terms and forget about having a boss while pulling in the...  Read More
May 30, 2011 8:41 pm
Being an observer of online writing for obvious reasons, I continue to come across more and more websites/blogs/books/DVDs claiming that this is the real truth, the ultimate guide, the only tool you'll ever need, yes really! to learn how to make money writing blogs, articles and ebooks. These things tout the usual stuff: live on your own terms and forget about having a boss while pulling in the...  Read More
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