How I Wrote a $2,000 Freelance Article in 1 Week Flat

Freelance writer on a deadline tries to file her storyMost freelance writers I know have some dream magazines they’d looove to write a freelance article for. I’m no different.

For years, I’ve wanted to move up from writing for Entrepreneur to writing for Forbes. When Forbes poached me to write for their blog, I hoped I was getting closer.

I’ve pitched them a few things for the magazine in the year I’ve blogged, and come close a couple times.

I imagined I’d find some great trend idea and be given a month or so to meticulously report and write it. I’d be sure to do an amazing job with that first article and make them want me back.

But nothing had panned out. That is, nothing until just a few weeks ago, when my editor called with a rush assignment they needed for an upcoming special section of the print magazine.

It’s a profile of a hot startup beauty company in Seattle, Julep. It requires an in-person interview — am I available? It was 1200 words and would pay $2,000.

Here was my opportunity to break into print with them. Didn’t look anything like what I’d hoped my first article for Forbes would be… but it was a print article for Forbes. And a chance to prove myself.

Drop what you’re doing…

I checked my schedule, spotted a couple other assignments I could shelve for a few days, and said “yes.”

Which was really crazy because I’m always super-busy, haven’t reported a story on a short deadline in years, have a ton of family responsibilities, too, and I was scheduled to leave town the day after I was to turn the piece in.

In other words, there was no safety net. No wiggle room. At all. The magazine would be laying out the article the day I turned it in, on an issue coming out in just a few weeks.

No pressure, right?

On the plus side, I did have practice at this — experience writing 3-4 stories a week for 12 years as a staff writer, all on deadline.

I knew deadlines.

I thought I could make this one happen, and that I should take the chance to be a hero and help out my editor. Could only lead to good things in future.

Writers are always asking me what it takes to move up and write at the national level, and tell me they worry about not being able to come through on short deadlines. I also get questions on what goes into a business profile — how to make it not come out sounding like an ad for the company.

Getting this piece done turned out to have a lot of twists and turns, and needed more than one assist from others. I thought it’d be instructive to give you a day-by-day rundown of how I put this profile together — including the mistakes I made along the way:

Day 1

It’s Thursday. My editor calls and outlines the assignment. I agree and immediately begin making phone calls. The company confirms that they’re game to do the profile. I’m asking for an interview time with their CEO, and they’re looking into it.

Meanwhile, I check out their website and start learning what they do. I let their PR person know the other sources I’ll need — I need to hit one of their nail salons, interview an employee, a customer, and talk to their venture-capital funders. They tell me they’re on it.

Day 2

I read what’s already been written about the company in national business magazines, the local newspaper, and local business journal.

The company has a nail salon I’ll be near on Sunday, so I make a plan to go visit it while my daughter is at Hebrew school.

Bad news: CEO is traveling and cannot do interview until Tuesday, which is the day my editor wanted the story turned in. I tell him it’s physically impossible to file when he wanted, but promise to write it that same night, so he has it first thing Wednesday New York time.

Try not to think about how intense that will be to get done.

For a major corporate customer, I think I should talk to Sephora (yikes — they’re based in France!), which was the first department store to stock their products. Julep’s marketing department says they will hook me up.

I check in again on Sephora and the VC interviews at the end of the day — company PR is still working on it. I try not to bite nails.

Day 3

Rest.

Regular readers will know that I never work on Saturday. Did I make an exception for this rush job? Nope.

I did not think about this assignment. I was not online. I took naps, played Farkle with the kids.

Day 4

On Sunday, I hit the 8:45 a.m. boat, dropped my daughter at religious school, and hit the salon. Very nice, and busy, too.

I had never quite managed to confirm an appointment to talk to the manager, who turns out to be gone — attending a Seattle bridal show. The staff there are great, though, and hook me up with a great customer interview on the fly. Score!

Day 5

This assignment may be going south on me, and there’s nothing I can do about it. My editor and their PR team battle it out over a disclosure Forbes wants that the company doesn’t want to make.

The upshot: we’re out of the special section…but are still going to do a profile for a regular section of the magazine. We’re off, then back on.

I try to stay focused. Type up my notes from Sunday’s trip and write interview questions for the next day.

Day 6

In-person interview day!

All goes well — which for me means alarm goes off, kids go to school as normal, and I make my ferry. I arrive lugging my laptop to the Julep offices right on time, via a combination of bus and on foot with help from Siri on my phone.

Immediately wonder why I agreed to take an assignment about beauty when I rarely even wear lipstick…everyone is so young and stylish here! As are their products. And their sleek, red-and-white office. And their millions of fab-colored nail polish bottles.

At least I am wearing my favorite burgundy-and-black burnout swing jacket, so I don’t feel like a complete fashion failure. (Fortunately, I won’t realize until later that one of my earrings has fallen out during the walk over. Dork!)

First up, I do a quick scheduled phone interview with a manager at one of the VC firms that’s invested in Julep. Goes well. Sigh of relief, I’ve got a VC in the story.

Then I get to talk with CEO Jane Park, who is really fun to get to know and has a fascinating company story. I apologize for typing straight on my laptop due to the deadline — usually I’d take handwritten notes because it’s less intrusive. I’ve got maybe 40 minutes with her, then she has to go to the photo shoot setup in the lobby and work with Forbes’ photographer.

The day’s disappointment — still no word from Sephora. Seems like that isn’t going to happen.

The boat timing is off and I can’t catch one for about 90 minutes, so I walk all the way back to the dock down the waterfront from the north end of downtown Seattle. Helps me think and organize the article in my head.

Plus, it means I get to pass the cool, giant Claes Oldenburg typewriter eraser sculpture in the Olympic Sculpture Park. Totally gets me in the mood to get home and file!

Back home around 4 p.m., my hubby has mercy on me and decides to take both kids out to dinner and a movie to clear quiet time for me to crank out the draft.

Writing a fast, final draft

I rack my brain for what I can do to quickly create an amazing first draft that will need to be close to my final draft, too.

One shortcut: Instead of printing out, rereading, and highlighting my notes, I just scan through the notes online and bold the best parts.

This saves me at least an hour of reading and pondering. I’m able to grind out my draft. I write to length, so I don’t have to cut and boil down.

It’s done by about 8 p.m. I press ‘send.’

I’m happy with it, but have a nagging feeling in my gut.

I’m sorry I didn’t have more time with it. It would be stronger if it had a major customer and their biggest VC quoted in it, but we ran out of time.

Day 7

I begin the day as all writers do who’ve just turned in an article — hopeful that my editor will love my draft and I’m done working on it.

No such luck.

Like me, he feels it doesn’t work without talking to one of their big corporate customers and the key Silicon Valley tech firm that didn’t talk. Tells me we must get them today. On the plus side, he says he’ll ask around the Forbes staff to see if anyone who covers tech can assist with the balky VC.

My major mistake: I know better than to trust the company to give me up all the sources! Should have done more of my own legwork on Thursday. But it’s time to take a deep breath and make it happen.

Here is where I have a major brainwave. Duh! One of their other major customers is Nordstrom, and I covered them for years back at the business journal.

I should have been more flexible in thinking about other companies that could be a good interview for this, and hedged my bets by making more calls. Kicking myself.

When I’m done kicking myself, I check Nordstrom’s PR contacts and incredibly, the same person I knew is still there, 8 years later.

I’ve hit them on a tough day, because they just announced a new store opening. But they come through and hook me up with a buyer for cosmetics. A 10-minute chat and I’ve got that source by lunchtime.

Miracle: A Forbes staffer gets an email quote out of the elusive key VC firm. We’re fully sourced! I send staffer my thanks.

Midday, the whole disclosure issue rears its ugly head again. It takes an assist from Forbes’ research department to come up with a publicly available figure both the magazine and company will agree on.

I’ve been sending small adds to my editor all day, who finally reveals he’s been too busy to look at it yet — could I rewrite and resend the whole thing? Sigh. I do.

Day 8

Travel day. On the way to the airport, I answer a couple last-minute editor questions via email on my phone. When I land, the PDF is waiting for me to review. I make a couple suggestions, and we’re done.

Except for a few days later, when I’m asked to write a new headline for the online version of my story, which they put out a couple weeks ahead of the print issue. I write another headline, and it gets pretty decent traffic, too.

Now, time to get back to pitching those trend ideas. It was an intense week, but I got in the door.

What was your toughest rush job assignment? Leave a comment and tell us about it.

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51 comments on “How I Wrote a $2,000 Freelance Article in 1 Week Flat
  1. Charlotte says:

    Loved reading about this adventure. And–I admire you for sticking to your guns and taking Saturday off! Is the story up for us to read yet?

  2. Melissa says:

    Carol, congratulations. I loved the pace of this piece and it made me long for my crazy days taking care of a CEO. Those types of assignments are the ones that make me feel the most alive. Your writing is so exuberant I had to have a shot of espresso to keep up! You’re amazing. And fearless!

    • Carol Tice says:

      I feel like I nearly gave my readers a heart attack with this one! Didn’t realize how people would relate to the deadline stress. I’m glad I put this up…almost didn’t.

  3. Hi Carol,
    Thanks for this post! Sure keeps everything in perspective. Hard, steady work does pay off – and then there’s more hard work as a reward.

    I especially appreciate you detailing how much time you spent nailing down the sources. I often find this to be on of the more challenging and frustrating parts of the job (especially when you’re trying to do it on deadline) so it was nice to hear that I’m not alone.

    Congrats on a job well done!

  4. Suzanne says:

    Thank you so much for this post! The play-by-play was oh-so exciting, and it validated all the work required for reporting. Everyone’s work always seems effortless. But, like you say, it took five hours of working on 1,200 words to make it feel breezy.

    I just finished up my second big feature story for a big-for-me market and got lots of edits after thinking I nailed it! But you made me remember that no matter how far a career goes, there’s always more to learn and skills to sharpen. Edits aren’t relegated to newbies.
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  5. Holly Bowne says:

    This was AWESOME. Thanks for the breakdown of the steps you took. This kind of stuff is so helpful.

    I once had to turn in a feature of the same length in one week. And although it was scary for me, it was only for a regional parenting magazine, my sources were easy to get hold of, there were no fancy-schmancy disclosure deals, and I got paid a LOT less than you! Ha, ha!

    During interviews, I take handwritten notes using speed writing that I learned in high school. I also make a back-up recording, just in case.

    I would just like to add that this part made me laugh out loud:

    “Immediately wonder why I agreed to take an assignment about beauty when I rarely even wear lipstick…everyone is so young and stylish here! As are their products. And their sleek, red-and-white office. And their millions of fab-colored nail polish bottles.

    At least I am wearing my favorite burgundy-and-black burnout swing jacket, so I don’t feel like a complete fashion failure. (Fortunately, I won’t realize until later that one of my earrings has fallen out during the walk over. Dork!)”
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  6. Tom Bentley says:

    Carol, the timeline breakdown of the project is fascinating; made me think I was in a Scorsese film. And that you covered all of the sources/material in 1200 words is a feat: from the description, that could easily be a longer piece, so the constraints require creative brevity.

    I use a tiny digital recorder for in-person interviews, which is unobtrusive and ignorable after the first minute. I take notes too, but have to rely on the recorder, because my handwriting is atrocious—I literally can only read half of what I’ve written when I’m scribbling away. I do type note when I’m doing phone interviews, but record them too.

    It is extra work to deal with transcribing, but otherwise I’d have to use “Gleegogg left to reclasnt the muglip”—that’s what my handwriting looks like. Thanks for a good post.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Ha! I have to transcribe my notes soon — a week later, I won’t know what they say. The context and my memory are needed to assist.

      Yeah, I didn’t really get into the whole trash-compactor need to boil down everything I learned and weave in all those sources into a fairly concise profile. But I’ve done lots of 500-worders, so to me 1200 words was a nice luxury.

      But the gist of how to do all this, of course, is in the 4 Week Journalism School class — ideas, sourcing, interviewing, and article writing (only class where we review students’ drafts!).

      I should also note that I talked to sources who didn’t end up in the story — from the nail salon. But it was useful background that confirmed to me that the company wasn’t just blowing PR at me, and that in fact their customers loved what they were doing, and employees loved working there.

      • Stacy Cohen says:

        My heart was pounding with every line of text I read. It’s amazing how much you can fit into your day when you’re determined. At times like this I’m grateful for technology like email, iPhone reminders to move things ahead so I can be more productive.With 16 hours of awake time, it’s amazing how much we can accomplish and still have time for an occasional nap and family!

        • Carol Tice says:

          Yeah, one of my Newtonian laws of freelancing is that the work expands to fill all available time.

          When there’s no time, it’s amazing how you get focused. Though I still had some flubs where I wished I had thought ahead better.

          I’m so glad everyone found this a useful post-mortem!

  7. As a beginning freelancer, I really appreciate this behind-the-scenes look at deadline writing, which I haven’t done for publication before. I have experience writing assignments in college on deadline, but this is different. Thanks for being willing to share. I’ve really been enjoying your posts.
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  8. Anca Dumitru says:

    Loved the suspenseful play by play, plus the quality outcome and the. Felt like I had to catch my breath at the end of it. Well done, Carol!

    I LOVE doing interviews (by far my favorite kind of work since I started freelancing), but I admit I’ve never had to do one – let alone get so many sources – under such pressure.

    Great pro journalism lesson – the overcome roadblocks, the connections from the past that came along at the right time etc. Very much bookmarked. 🙂
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  9. Linda Grigg says:

    Loved the blow-by-blow account – felt nervous just reading it! Also really liked your opening line in the online version of the article.

  10. Wow, quite a nail-biter! I’ve had a few rush assignments like that and it’s especially challenging when the editor is adamant about including a certain source (not a type of source but a specific big-name person who is either unresponsive or doesn’t want to do the interview). In those cases I usually offer them the option of filing now with an alternate source or filing later to see if we can get big-name person. Usually they prefer that I file now with a different source. You had the added challenge of in-person interviews and ferry schedules.
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  11. Willi Morris says:

    That’s so awesome, Carol! Congrats!

    The trade magazine I mentioned on Twitter needed about a half dozen short profiles of people in different industries. I had two full weeks to do it, so I felt really confident, I could get everything done in time. My editor even helped me get a large, suitable pool of people to profile.

    Then a week later, just before I was about to do my last interview (and presumably my writing would begin) my grandmother died. I was an emotional mess and had to drop everything to go home for a few days. Of course, my editor was very kind and told me to give her an ETA on the story, so I gave myself an additional few days to finish everything.

    I still ended up missing one interview, and I was still not in a good place to do the stories, but I turned it in. I re-confirmed any facts with each person, just to make sure I hadn’t mistyped anything in my notes. I thought I hadn’t done my best work, but I was happy I was able to get it done considering the circumstances.

    She loved the profiles! Made me super happy.
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  12. MaryBeth says:

    Loved reading this! I have had stories when these things happen. (but not for a major magazine or for that much money) Definitely an enjoyable read and glad it all worked out! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. I love it when you do these “how the sausage is made” kinds of posts, Carol–so informative. It’s great to see the thought process that goes into putting together the right mix of sources for a piece and also read how you handle the curve balls. I enjoyed reading the end product, too–in fact, I’m going to head over to Sephora’s site now and look Julep up. 🙂 Thanks!

  14. My preference is for longer deadlines but since I’ve been writing 2-3 blog posts a day on timely topics, I’ve had to learn how to dig up leads quickly and get to post out before the timeliness expires. Of course, interviews aren’t always required but I do more interviews than the other writers because it makes for higher quality content.

    I used to do hand written notes and quote from memory but I’ve become far more dependent on recording since then. I will agree though, that leaving the laptop off during the in person interview does make for a more personable approach.

    You are a consummate professional Carol! I’m constantly impressed by your talent and skill. Great work.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Hi Kim — great to hear from you!

      Recording means you have to listen to a recording…doubles your workload. I’ve only done it 2-3 times for very high-level interviews where I would NEVER get them again, this was my only chance.

  15. Rohi Shetty says:

    Thanks, Carol.

    This blog post is like a mini-course.

    I checked out the article on Forbes and it’s great.

    Thanks for being such a great role-model.
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  16. Carol,

    As I read your blog post, my blood started pumping. I love how in the end you found your needed source. And that’s what I LOVE about being a writer – the save the day kind of moment.

    I was so curious that I just had to read your wonderful Forbes article.

    My story –

    Before I submitted an article I needed to confirm how a person’s name mentioned in the article was spelled. Seems like a small problem, but it wasn’t. The person’s name wasn’t anywhere on the Internet, and no one seemed to know how to spell the person’s name. I couldn’t get in touch of the person. I ended up telephoning the person’s dad who certainly knew how to spell his son’s name. I had only minutes to spare.

    Thanks!

    • Carol Tice says:

      Love it! Reporters have to be curious, intrepid, and have a never-say-quit attitude to get it done.

      I think most magazine and newspaper readers couldn’t imagine the work that goes into bringing them some of the stories they read.

      And then of course, at the end of all that legwork, making the story feel conversational and almost tossed-off. Which you do by writing for 5 hours on 1200 words. 😉

  17. Jeanne H says:

    Congratulations on your score! You certainly worked hard for it. 🙂

    And this: ” I won’t realize until later that one of my earrings has fallen out during the walk over.” is hilarious. We’ve all been there.

  18. Julia Rymut says:

    Well done, Carol. Congratulations and whew! You did it.

    Your post is inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story. I don’t do this kind of writing and it gave me a real insight into what it is like.

  19. Jen Anderson says:

    Congrats on getting into Forbes! What strikes me about this story is that it proves you don’t have ot be in NYC to break in to the big magazines. I’d never get a call like that – if a magazine needs an interview done in NYC they already have plenty of writers they’ve already used who live here.

    • Carol Tice says:

      It’s an interesting point. Being in a smaller city can open up some opportunities to you. One of my staff jobs, I covered the west coast for a trade pub in New York City, and they loved that I had my ear to the ground out here and knew what was going on in the west. They sure didn’t, since they rarely left their Park Avenue offices!

  20. Jessica B. says:

    I loved getting to read this story behind the story, Carol! It makes me feel a heck of a lot better about the stressful situations I’ve gotten myself into with committing to rush jobs, or trying to grab a source at the last possible moment before deadline. Just nice to know that we’re not alone in these conundrums. 🙂 I look forward to reading the actual article! Congrats on breaking in!

    • Carol Tice says:

      Thanks, Jessica. That final day was a doozy…but I like editors who keep pushing me to make it great. I’m sort of masochistic that way. Probably one of the secrets of earning well…you love to be pushed hard. Thoroughbreds like to run, no?

  21. Lisa Baker says:

    Wow. I’m out of breath just reading this! I’ve never had a crazy deadline like this, but I just started today with a new blogging gig that’s going to have daily deadlines two days a week (topic assigned in the morning, post due by the afternoon). I’m super excited about it because of the practice it’ll give me turning stuff around fast.

    Also, I love love love the fact that you still took Saturday off. You’re my hero for that.
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    • Marcie says:

      I’m with you, Lisa. I was in a suspense mode, thinking, “What’s next?” This was inspiring. In addition to work life, Carol had family life and an upcoming vacation to consider.

      Honestly, who’s going to turn down $2,000 doing what they love? I would lose sleep knowing I would rest easier once the job was done.
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      • Carol Tice says:

        I know — I still find it hard to get the words, “No, I don’t want your money” to come out of my mouth when it’s a big-money assignment. I turn down a lot of gigs these days, but this one I wanted. Glad everyone is enjoying the blow-by-blow on it!

    • Carol Tice says:

      All I can say is…Try it, you’ll like it! 😉 (A day off, that is.)

      That daily-news blogging gig will be a great discipline for you…builds a lot of confidence. After 12 years of weekly deadlines I basically felt like I could reliably do the impossible in no time with nothing. But that was about 7 years back now. It was good to brush up my turnaround skills with this assignment.

  22. Casey says:

    Impressive, Carol! You worked hard for your $2K. Thanks for outlining how you got it all done, how you worked around roadblocks, and how you managed such a short deadline. (Typing your notes directly into your laptop–I’m filling that away for my own use on tight turnarounds.)

    My first jobs after college were radio reporting and TV news video editing. Multiple hard deadlines each day were just part of the job. I learned from that experience that you have to be assertive about seeking out sources, you don’t have the luxury of waiting for your muse to visit, and you have to make smart use of (sometimes literally) every second until your deadline hits.

    • Jessica B. says:

      Okay, confession…I always type notes directly into my laptop, even during in-person interviews. I absolutely explain why, and keep engaging the source in a conversational way. Since I don’t record interviews, I don’t want to rely too much on my memory (especially when it comes to numbers, yikes!), and I like to quote as closely as possible to what the source actually said, it seems like the most efficient way for me all the time. Hope I’m not breaking some unwritten code of ethics. 🙂

      • Casey says:

        Jessica, I don’t think it’s ethics, just what you’re used to. Because I started in broadcast, everything was recorded and I’d take a few notes on paper, but I didn’t need to transcribe anything later. Worked great for radio and TV, requires more transcribing than I’d like for written articles. I need to train myself to take better written notes as I go.

        • Carol Tice says:

          I think having strong shorthand is a real secret weapon. Often, CEOs wouldn’t believe I was really getting what they were saying with my scribbles and I’d start reading it back to them. Always blew their minds.

        • Carol Tice says:

          I agree – don’t know that it’s an ethical thing. It just doesn’t result in better interviews to have that screen up, I find. I want killer quotes, and to come away with a connection I can use again in the future.

          That attitude is why I was able to get Nordstrom in nothing flat…from building that relationship back when. The other VC that we got early I also had a past history with, too. You never know when previous sources will come in handy, so I try to leave friends, not just journalist-source.

          • Jessica B. says:

            It definitely makes sense that it’s easier to connect without the screen. I’d have to go back to basics and figure out a way to ditch the laptop, though, because I definitely can’t write fast enough by hand to keep up!

            In an in-person interview I did yesterday, I made a point to close the laptop for part of the time and just talk. I still felt tugged to open it back up and start typing what they said, but as I become more relaxed about being sure I get enough notes, I hope that will no longer be an issue. I do tend to forge good rapport with interviewees, on the whole – I have a propensity to share some of my personal stories if something the interviewee shares strikes a chord with my own life experiences, so that often results in a warmer connection. (And usually right after that, the interviewee will give me one of those “killer quotes”! I used to think chiming in with my own off-topic comments was somehow taboo for an interview, but I’ve found that making those quick connections builds trust with the subject and they open up even more.) I hope more writers comment on the note-taking practices – I’m very curious to hear how others manage it.

      • Carol Tice says:

        I’d love to hear others weigh in on this…but I take handwritten notes in person. This is the only time I did this with the laptop, ever.

        I don’t record either. I do have an advantage in that I was a legal secretary and have a shorthand system I use, I can really get pretty much every word they say writing it down.

        I’m a big student of the psychology of interviewing…and I think when you put a screen between you and your source, your opportunity to build a relationship and make this feel like a casual conversation — which is what you want to get the best quotes — is lost. A tiny notepad isn’t as intrusive.

        So that’s my take on it. I was very influenced by an early experience I had running into an LA Times metro section editor on an assignment that he turned out to also be reporting on. He had the teeniest notebook I ever saw and didn’t record, because he wouldn’t have time on a daily deadline to listen to the recording!..and I went, “Yeah. I’m doing that.”

        Apparently, I did a good job covering myself with the laptop and still looking at her and chatting — thank heavens for touch typing! Because she sent me a LinkedIn invite yesterday. 😉

        • I never type my interview notes. I learned journalism in the ’90s and was a reporter with a notebook, pre laptop. So I made up my own shorthand version and learned to write super fast and keep quotes in my head, while writing them down and still asking questions. While I type fast now, I type as an editor and my fingers always stop when I make an error and want to correct it, so it’s not helpful to try to type while doing interviews, even on the phone. I type up my notes later, if I have time (or work straight from my notebook). Typing up my notes helps me organize my thoughts and create an outline and story lead. Rockin’ it old school!

    • I loved this. It made me think of my days as a journalist, where I always worked on deadlines. Even some days in corporate communications, the stories that require me to crank something out in a flash are always the ones that I enjoy most. I always take notes on my laptop, even in person. I can’t write fast enough anymore with my pen.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Right on — it was a real ice cream cone to the forehead moment for me when I realized I should have been pursuing another customer from the beginning! Doh! Out of practice.

      But that’s one of the reasons I took this assignment…I like to keep my instincts sharp. 😉

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