Field Notes Blog

Field Notes Blog

May 23, 2016
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Lessons from Using LexisNexis (The Affordable Version) for Research

As a writer, I use Google search for everything. But Google – even Google Scholar – has its limitations. What can be particularly frustrating is the best sources, often peer-reviewed articles, are behind pay walls. What’s a writer to do? Use an affordable version of LexisNexis.
May 1, 2016
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How I Changed My Branding with One Word

Apparently one word can make a big difference in your branding. I learned that the hard way.
March 7, 2016
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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.
February 2, 2016
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How to Find a Writer for Your White Paper

If your staff writer isn't the best fit for writing a white paper, you may need to hire a freelancer. Here are some tips on finding a writer for your project.
January 4, 2016
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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.