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Debra Stang
Freelance writer, proofreader, editor, fiction coach, social worker
Interests: Writing, proofreading, editing, social work, health care, mental health, suicide survivors, reading, pets, LGBTQ interests, lesbian issues, atheism, and time management
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My pen flew across the room, narrowly missing my 14-year-old cat who had chosen that moment to stick his head out from behind the sofa following a long nap. I cursed. I was sick and tired of writing self-help articles. I'd been writing several such articles every day for two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
The good news for writers is that Amazon Kindle and similar platforms allow them to get their books directly to readers. No longer does a writer have to search frantically for an agent and wait to get the nod from one of a handful of major publishing houses. The bad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
Ah, yes, the glamorous life of the freelance writer. It you have a day job, like me, you stumble out of bed at the crack of dawn. Looking like something that escaped from Tales from the Crypt, you try to jolt yourself awake with caffeine while you commit a few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
During my struggles with bipolar disorder, my main challenge has been depression. I've found dozens of ways to force myself to write when I'm crying, stuck in the depths of despair, and even suicidal. Mania presents a whole new set of challenges. My thoughts whiz by in no discernible order.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
"Writers fall into two groups: Those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review and those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review." - Isaac Asimov Asimov is right. Bad reviews hurt. Even the ridiculous hatchet jobs with half the words misspelled. Even the reviews that totally... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
OMG. It seems like just yesterday that I was watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and anticipating a nice afternoon of football. Now we're finished with Christmas and it's almost time to think about those pesky New Year's Resolutions. Maybe I'm masochistic to make them at all, since they often fall... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
One of the things I love about the month of December is the chance to see some of my favorite Christmas movies and specials. These are programs I've enjoyed for years, often since childhood. In some cases, I can almost recite the dialogue along with the actors. All of them... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
I've never had the good fortune of coming across a genie's lamp. It's probably just as well. If I did, I can see myself wasting my wishes on the usual crap - fame, fortune, exotic travels, perpetual youth, a gorgeous and intelligent partner...mmm, my mouth is watering. But suppose I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
Nonfiction and editing are my bread and butter. They help pay rent on the apartment and keep the car insured. But I have been spending some more of my time playing around with fiction. That means coming up with characters who interact in the worlds that I create. Where do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
Let's be honest. My muses can be total bitches, especially when I'm already feeling depressed and they heap criticism on top of me. Never is their imagination more devilishly clever that when they're telling me all the things that are wrong with me and all the reasons this planet would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
It's been a while since I've added anything to this blog. That's because, in spite of ECT, depression is still kicking my tail. Through lots of therapy, some of it in an intensive outpatient program, I've come to realize that this is a chronic condition. I won't always feel this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
"There is not much else I can do for you chemically," my psychiatrist told me directly. "And that means?" I asked, trying to care. "I'm recommending ECT." ECT. Electro-convulsive therapy, once known as electro-shock. I knew what that was all about, or at least I thought I did. I'd seen... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
I've been writing professionally for almost 15 years now. During that time, I've done many things right...and just about as many things wrong. I've learned a lot of lessons. Some I've picked up the hard way by making mistakes and losing money or business. Others lessons, I've been fortunate enough... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
Do you routinely experience problems with procrastination? If so, you may have been told that you were lazy, disorganized, lacked a sense of responsibility, or were otherwise flawed. Before you slink off hanging your head in shame, however, stop and reconsider. There may not be anything wrong with you at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
By Debra Stang "I especially recommend it to Christians who are concerned about the fate of their loved ones' souls or about God's place in the lives of survivors." On January 19, 2008, Jack Runion's father, Charles "Dan" Runion, ended his life with a gunshot to the chest. On January... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Blog
"What do you do?" Whenever you meet someone new, you can expect this question to pop up early in the conversation. Do you tell the people who ask you this question that you're a writer? If not, take a few minutes to think about why. What would it take to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
By Debra Stang As suicide survivors, we all know that suicide leaves in its wake so many unanswered questions. Why this time of the day? Why this day of the year? Why this method? Why...? Author Eric Marcus is the first to admit he can't answer all the questions. What... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Blog
When you started your freelance writing blog, you probably struggled with the question of how frequently to post. Back when I began my first blog (It was called "Confessions of a Keyword Concubine"), the prevailing wisdom was that writers should post every day, or at least every week day. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
A few weeks ago, I was reading a book on time management and came across a familiar piece of advice: track your time so that you know where the minutes and hours are really going. I'd tried doing that exercise in the past with pen an paper. I usually kept... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
Okay, I admit it. I look at the freelance writing job ads on Craigslist. While many of them offer ridiculous terms or are just flat out scams, I have actually found some petty decent gigs there, too. The trick to making it worthwhile is to avid spending too much of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
I really enjoy blogging. In fact, I've been known to spend too much time on it when I should have been working on other projects. Last November, though, something unusual began to happen when I sat down to work on my blog. My flow of ideas slowed to a trickle.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
Do you remember the scene in The Shining where hapless wife Wendy Torrance sneaks into her husband, Jack's, writing room to try to get a glimpse into his troubled mind? Jack, who is supposed to be working on the Great American Novel has typed over and over, "All work and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
I'll never forget that Friday years ago when I hauled myself out of bed after only a few hours of sleep and stumbled to my computer for another full day of work. I sat there and stared at the monitor until my vision became blurry. My hands remained clenched in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
Yes, I know. Writers and other professionals are supposed to be active on social media sites. But do you ever just run out of anything to say? Lately, I've been going through "Twitter Block," so I put together this list of topics to Tweet about. It's helped me, and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker
My first blog post with LifeScript went live yesterday. Now that I'm caught up with that, I can go back to writing my own blogs. :-) Beat the Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Women With These 21 Tips. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Freelance Writer and Social Worker