Field Notes Blog

Field Notes Blog

August 30, 2016
Baseball image for blog by Bonnie Nicholls, San Diego freelance writer

Good Freelance Writers Know Where They Excel

I'm all for stretch goals. But I also know that there are some topics and writing assignments where I am not a good fit — at all. In those cases, it's best to be honest with the client.
July 25, 2016
Little girl counting for blog post by Bonnie Nicholls, San Diego freelance writer

Good Freelance Writers Follow Your Word Count

Some freelance writers ignore your word count limits. That's not a good idea, and here's why.
March 7, 2016
mage of cheetah for blog post by Bonnie Nicholls, San Diego freelance writer

How I Write a Blog Post Fast

I used to labor over blog posts, especially when I wrote for my own blog, which included selecting and editing photos. But now that I write for clients, I’ve developed a process for writing fast.
January 4, 2016
Image of watch for blog post by Bonnie Nicholls, San Diego freelance writer

The Trick to Interviewing Sources for Content

Whether it’s a ghost-written piece, quotes for an article, or information about a company’s services, creating content often means talking to subject matter experts, and usually by phone. One of the main things I’ve learned from interacting with countless sources is how busy they are.
December 14, 2015
Laptop, tablet and smartphone

How Much Has Web Writing Really Changed?

“Writing for the Web.” That was the name of a conference, offered by Shel Holtz, that I attended in San Francisco more than 10 years ago. […]