• work life

    How to Write Faster (Bonus: You’ll write better, too!)

    Creating content takes time. If your business relies on fresh, new content (really, though, whose doesn’t?), you know how long it takes to take a piece from concept to publish. What if you could cut out a huge chunk of time, the chunk that often takes the most time, and still produce quality work? In the years I spent teaching writing, and in the subsequent years I spent consulting, the one complaint I’ve heard over and over and over again is this: “It just takes forever to get the writing done.” Said, of course, with a deep whine. I get it. Writing is hard. But, it doesn’t have to take forever.  However,…

  • freelance life

    Freelance Life: The 9 Best Gifts for Writers

    What do you get for the writer who could put you in her novel and have you murdered? maggiemarton.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.  Our Recommendations: The 9 Best Gifts for Writers An Inspiring and Motivating Read I was sent a review copy of this book, and I’m SO glad I was! In Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success: How Startups in the Creative Industries are Transforming the Global Economy, the authors share advice and case studies that emphasize just how important creative entrepreneurs…

  • news

    Combining Passion and Purpose with The Zero-Waste Pet

    Last week I shared my definition of authenticity. It focuses on two points: knowing your values and aligning your life around them. Well, I’m proud to say that I’ve been practicing what I preach! One of my fundamental values is sustainability, being a kind steward of this planet. It’s a shared resource, you know? I believe we all have a responsibility to take care of the earth. I take that responsibility seriously. Another one of my fundamental values is helping people be great pet owners. I write my blog to provide nonjudgmental, useful, funny, down-to-earth guidance to people who love their dogs and cats as much as I love mine.…

  • blogging

    OK, then. So, what IS authenticity?

    When I posted this post a couple weeks ago, I struck a nerve. By that I really mean the post got a handful more Twitter shares than usual, which I found interesting and warranted some digging. Here’s the thing: “Authenticity” has become a toxic word. It’s so over-used and it’s so mis-used that it’s easy to dismiss. And that really sucks. I think the misuse happens when Instagrammers spray dry shampoo in their dirty hair and call it “authentic” or sip a latte at a sidewalk cafe and caption #authenticliving or whatever–that does not (necessarily) equate to authenticity. So, what is authenticity? It’s first knowing your values. What do you stand for?…

  • blogging

    5 Content Marketing Myths Debunked

    Recently, I finished a big, huge, gigantic writing project… well, a big, huge, gigantic portion of an even bigger project. I got to write 16 pages about content marketing. YAY! Go, me! I love my job! #ragingnerd Anyway, as I wrote those 16 pages, I kept thinking about how many myths I encountered about content marketing as I scoured blogs and YouTube videos for source material. It astounded me to see the crazy-pants tips being hocked as truth bombs when they’re anything but. So, I kept a sticky note separate from the writing project to capture a few thoughts as they cropped up, and today I decided to share some of the…

  • blogging

    Authenticity Does Not Equal Dirty Hair, Joggers, & a Latte

    You’ve seen this person on Instagram: a perfectly-styled shot of big, dry-shampooed hair parked at a cafe table sipping a foamy latte, while rocking a perfectly casual pair of joggers, strappy sandals, and a tank. The caption is always something like, “Dirty hair, don’t care! Not every day can be styled. Some days it’s all about the dry shampoo, yo! I have to be true to myself, and this is the real me. #authentic #beyou #unstyled #sorrynotsorry #vsco” etc. Here’s the thing: You might be someone who rocks days-old hair and drinks lattes and wears joggers, and that’s awesome. If that’s who you are, that is truly awesome! But. Styling…

  • work life

    Is September the New January?

    Have you heard versions of this? September is the new January! Fall is a fresh start! It makes perfect sense to me because, let’s be honest here, January is all about intention and often no action. Sure, we have big dreams. We set big goals. But, who wants to work on their beach body when there’s a foot of snow outside? Or dive into huge work projects when you know you have a whole year ahead of you? September reminds us that the year is coming to a close. That we have a smidge over one quarter of the calendar left to accomplish all those things we wanted to do.…

  • miscellaneous

    3 Ways to Make Your Online Presence Eco-Friendly

    Earlier this summer, I covered the environmental impact of working online. But what if you don’t run your career on the internet and simply use it like normal people everyone else. Here are three ways to make your time online more eco-friendly: Shop online. IF you have to drive to stores to do your shopping (as in, you can’t walk or bike), then it’s probably more eco-friendly. There’s a sneaky, underlying benefit to shopping online, too. We talk all the time about the importance of consuming less. Well, when you shop online, you’re far less likely to pick up those impulse buys enticingly stacked at every end cap and cash…