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.
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.
December 14, 2015
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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. […]
October 20, 2015
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‘There Aren’t Any Good Writers Out There’

Isn’t that a crazy thing to say? But someone actually said that at a marketing event I attended. I disagreed, of course. But after some noodling, I thought there might be ways to ensure the freelance writer you hire is successful with your project.