Open Communication Leads to Better Content | WriterAccess Blog

When you enter into agreements with freelance writers to develop content for your web presence, you will find early on that an open door for communication between writer and client is invaluable. A writer needs to understand your business, intentions, and audience to shape the material with the goal of creating great content that will perform well for you.

Writers Need to Know You

No matter how knowledgeable they may be about your industry or trade, freelance writers are meeting you for the first time and, in many cases, online. They don’t know the nuances of your business like you do. They may not have ever heard of a special technique or service you employ if it’s not commonly used in your field. Never assume a writer can take a few keywords and figure it out as that leaves far too much room for interpretation, which can easily steer the content off course. Your goal is for the writer to express your business, not your business category.

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King For A Year: Review of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank RedemptionI was fortunate to participate in author Mark West’s King For A Year project – 52 reviews of Stephen King’s works throughout 2015. I revisited a favorite story of mine from King, the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

You can read it here – King For A Year: Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption, reviewed by David T Griffith.

Last Song for November – Hallelujah

Copyright may apply to this image.Perhaps 30 Songs for November was a little ambitious. When I started the month, I had no anticipation of the numerous events that would occur that brought me to today. It was a transformative month and a welcome one at that. Perhaps the most important event of the moment is the return of my old day job, which kicks off later today.

So today’s song, another all-time favorite of mine, is the appropriately titled “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. You have no doubt heard some version of this song since it reached mainstream popularity in the motion picture Shrek, and it has been covered by numerous artists over the years. Cohen wrote “Hallelujah” and recorded it in 1984. Cohen wrote as many as 80 verses that have been swapped in and out of the different versions over the years.

The video below is from a live performance in 2008 at the Montreal Jazz Festival at which Cohen and his band performed an extended version of the song.

30 Songs for November: Song 12 – The Season’s Upon Us

dkm-seasons-upon-usAnother one from the Dropkick Murphys. “The Season’s Upon Us” is their take on a Christmas song about a dysfunctional family holiday gathering I bet most of all of us can identify with. All in good fun, of course. Let the holiday season commence!

To all my American friends – Happy Thanksgiving!

30 Songs for November: Song 11 – Search and Destroy

Search and DestroyGoing back to my year of birth again with “Search and Destroy” from Iggy and the Stooges. I love this song. I love the raw garage rock sound of the guitars, totally my personal of playing when I used to play in bands.

I saw Iggy Pop perform at The Globe Theater in Norwalk, CT, my hometown, in 1995. Incredible show! Most every person I knew from around town was there, including some good friends and my wife Victoria, we were engaged then. The whole group of us stood up front for the whole show.

Iggy jumped off stage to perform on the floor in the audience and he came right up to my friend Jason Mones and I for about two minutes. I towered over the guy as he hunched his shoulders and hung his head over the mic held in both hands, singing and moving rhythmically with the music barely a foot from me. I wish I could remember which song it was.

Outside the theater the first thing Jason said to me was, “we danced with Iggy Pop!” It was a great night.