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Unlike the vast majority of professions, Writing requires no qualifications of its purveyors — anybody can be one. The boundless level of expression afforded to authors of any genre is unmatched by any other art form. A level of expression limited not by talent or ability, but only by the imagination of the craftsman. It has been said that writing itself is not difficult, but rather the difficulty arises with forming good ideas.

Authors cannot be taught how to be creative or imaginative; it is for themselves to coax ideas out of their minds. What can be encouraged, however, is the development of those oh-so-rare seedlings of invention into fully rooted bougainvillea. Writers App isn’t designed to boost imagination, but it does provide the tools needed to help cultivate your ideas into flourishing works of literature. Intrigued? Let’s find out more. (more…)

Got writer’s block? Want more power in your prose? Looking to spice up anemic assignments? The Poynter Institute’s Help! For Writers app summons your inner Shakespeare, thanks to the advice crafted by the school’s leading experts on writing.

Whether you write for your profession, for pleasure or both, coming to screeching halt when penning that next masterpiece can be crippling. Will this app help move things along and make you a better wordsmith in the process? Find out after the break. (more…)

Our featured sponsor this week is MyPrice, an app designed to help freelancers determine how much to charge for projects, as well as calculate their hourly rates and so much more.

As a freelancer myself, I know what it’s like trying to figure out what a good rate is to charge and how much my time is worth per hour. And how the heck do I calculate what to charge a client for a specific job? These questions plagued me from the start, and I wish that MyPrice was out back then — it would’ve saved me a ton of headaches.

To come up with its figures, the app first starts with a very thorough list of questions ranging from your education level to your yearly automotive costs and everything in between. By entering the info as honestly as possible, the app takes the data and does its magic to come up with an hourly rate. And this doesn’t just work for writers, it’s also for illustrators, web developers and a ton of other popular freelancer professions.

But the real selling point for me is the ability to come up with quotes on projects. It can be so frustrating trying to come up with a number for a client when you’re not sure where to start. MyPrice takes your hourly rate, plus information about the project itself, and comes up with its own number on what the project is worth. And when you’re done, you can send the quote to Freshbooks — a popular piece of accounting software for freelancers — or email it to your client direct. That’s pretty sweet.

And we’re just scratching the surface here. There’s also tips and tricks, job listings and a ton more. This is a great tool to have in your freelancer arsenal.

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