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Helen Fields is a freelance science journalist in Washington, D.C. She writes about frogs, whales, meteorites, airplanes, and whatever else she and her editors can think of. Her freelance work has appeared in Smithsonian, Science, New Scientist, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. Before she started freelancing full time in 2008, she had staff jobs at National Geographic and U.S. News & World Report. A graduate of the U.C. Santa Cruz Science Communication Program, she spends a lot of her free time knitting.

5 responses to “Get Writing Done With a Writing Contract”

  1. Anne Sasso

    Great post, Helen! Clicking send on those “done” emails is SO satisfying. Which, er, reminds me that I skipped my 20 minutes yesterday and need to fess up to my “boss.”

  2. Anne Sasso

    Oh, and I love the idea of the owl timers. I might need one of those.

  3. Sarah Boon (@SnowHydro)

    I love this idea. A lot. I committed to writing every morning but didn’t have anyone to help keep me on track. Needless to say it petered out after a few weeks. Off to find myself a buddy and sign a contract to keep things going! (can’t forget the owl timer, either – cute) 🙂

  4. Jeanne Erdmann

    I’m late reading this post but I love it. Thanks to Christie I’m doing this now, as well, and it really works.

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