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This Blog Has Moved

March 18, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed from the lack of new content here at Scrawlbug (for over a year), this blog has moved. I’m slowly shuffling content over to the new site which is based around the idea of “half-hogging”. It’s still the same thing, just self-hosted and with associated stuff like forums.

Drop in and visit at The Half-Hogger!

The Best Writing Site On The Internet

January 27, 2012

I’ve been thinking about this seriously for some time as a possible future venture: developing a writing site for other freelancers to find good work at their level and earn, much like on other sites.

However, the big question is what people are looking for. Over on the Half Hog Forums, I’ve posed the question… what’s your ideal writing site, as a writer or as a client looking for content?

Who knows, one day you might actually get your ideal site!

If you have opinions, I’d LOVE to hear them, either in the comments here or over on the forum.

Going The Half Hog: Now Available!

January 1, 2012
Going The Half Hog: Freelance Writing Without Marketing

The ideal start to 2012

It’s finally here. After months of work, weeks of waiting and days of reformatting for the Kindle (yikes, that was painful), my book is available to the public!

It’s incredibly cheap, too – $7.50 for the paperback or around $5 for the Kindle edition (depending on taxes and other fun stuff Amazon does with the so-called “list price”). Over 100 pages of essential info for less than the price of a couple of pounds of pork sausages. Awesome!

You can find out more from the Half Hog Home Page, which is soon to become the new hub for everything to do with half-hogging - tips, advice, resources and anything else I can come up with to help you get your part-time freelance career off the ground.

Right now, there’s just a static page but the Half Hog Forum is open and just waiting for you to drop in and ask questions, offer your own tips and special tricks or even just chat for a while.

Keep your eyes on the new site URL: I’m working on some fun freebies to go with the launch!

Christmas Charity Plug

December 13, 2011

I'm giving. Are you?

The holidays are coming up fast and, as usual at this time of the year, many of us are thinking of the less fortunate. For my part, I’d like to make a quick plug for my charity of the year:

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

They are still the only national research charity solely devoted to blood disorders in both adults and children. 24,500 people in the UK every year are diagnosed with a cancer of the blood and leukaemia is the most common form of cancer in children in the UK. They rely entirely on voluntary donations.

My mother died suddenly of leukaemia about 18 months ago, which is why I’m plugging them (instead of Cats’ Protection who I’d normally opt for).

They have a webpage here and tons of auctions on eBay.

Thanks for listening.

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December 2, 2011

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Free Half-Hogging Information For Freelance Writers?

November 24, 2011
The Half Hog

Oink!

As you all know by now, Going The Half Hog: Freelance Writing Without Marketing will soon be published. Since I’ve been somewhat obsessed with getting it done and consequently talking about it a lot, I’ve run into several people who’ve asked me the same two questions:

Is it true that almost everything in the book is available on ScrawlBug for free? And if that’s true… why am I publishing a book? Aren’t I cutting my nose off despite my face (as they say)?

There are a lot of answers to those questions, so I thought I’d clear the matter up publicly instead of replying to each individual who asks.

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Why The Delete Key Is Important

November 8, 2011

“If you can delete a word from a sentence without changing the meaning, do so.”

I don’t know who said that (or something like it) but they were right. Editing should ensure clarity as well as factual accuracy, style and everything else.

This is particularly difficult when you’re editing your own work. After all, you wrote every word so they’re all there for a reason, right? Not necessarily. We’re all excessively wordy sometimes, especially if we’re writing in a conversational style.

You want examples? Alrighty, here’s a couple.

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