How to Avoid Common Freelance Writing Business Mistakes

Freelance writers are just like other independent contractors who do something for a living, they’re going to make business mistakes. While I’m definitely a more optimistic than pessimistic individual, I can’t help but look for dangers lurking in the weeds, hence the reason for discussing this matter. As a freelance writer for more than 20 years, I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, something I … [Read more...]

Freelancers: Fix Your Communication Errors Now

If you're a freelancer with excellent communication skills, then you're ahead of the pack. You're more likely to have an easier time marketing your services. You'll have smoother client relations. And you can charge more than competitors who jeopardize their credibility and professionalism with poor communication. How can you be a better communicator? Below are some of the most common communication … [Read more...]

Do You Need 25 Hours in a Day to Meet All of Your Writing Deadlines?

If you’re like me, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get all your writing projects done. Having been a journalist for 22 years, I have literally written thousands (I lost count many years ago) of articles to this day. While some have been short projects, others have surpassed a couple thousand words each. So, while I work as a full-time content writer, I also freelance on the side. You … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Bizarre Content Requests as a Freelance Writer

While writers are often stereotyped as being antisocial and bizarre, sometimes the work writers are assigned is even more so. As a writer, offbeat requests can include interviewing artists nonstop at a concert without any scheduled breaks, being asked to change a write-up of an interviewee just to keep the peace, writing about an uncomfortable topic, or writing about something you've never even heard of. … [Read more...]

The Accidental Blogger

[Editor:] Have you ever started something that didn't seem to work out, only to later experience great success in that same area? Have you ever thought about blogging professionally? If you answered "yes" to either question, this post is for you. It's the true story, in her own words, of a professional blogger and how she got started. Let's begin. Here is Sharon's story... I sometimes describe myself as … [Read more...]

How to Create an Informal Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

If you use a blog as part of your freelancing marketing strategy, then you may have already faced that common question that many bloggers eventually struggle with: What shall I write about today? Even if you started your freelancing business blog with a ton of great ideas, eventually the day will come when those ideas will run dry. This struggle, often referred to as writer's block, can be at least partially … [Read more...]

Finding Your Writing Rhythm

As a freelancer, there is a constant conflict between the practical side and the creative side of your brain. Your practical side works at 1,000 miles an hour, quickly navigating the logistics of pitching a story, negotiating fees, and creating connections with editors. But once you land an article, you have to immediately switch to your creative side, that part of your brain that generates innovative ideas … [Read more...]

How to Find Your Unique Writing Style

As bloggers, writers and authors we need to find a unique edge over other people to stand out from the crowd. But, what is the one thing you have that nobody else possesses, which you can use to have an advantage over your competitors in your industry? Yep! It's your personality--a unique mixture of your life experiences, values and talent. How do you cultivate your personality in your writing so that … [Read more...]

Rekindling the Romance of Writing

Do you remember those days when the thought of escaping the office and the torture of a 9 to 5 pay-the-bills-job to sit at home in your pajamas was enough to make you nearly unbearable to be around? Remember dreaming of having nothing more pressing to worry about on any given day than sipping coffee and pouring out thoughts on paper after leisurely reading the paper and sending out some very non-urgent … [Read more...]

Write Effective Blog Posts Using Hollywood Screenwriting Principles

Three decades ago a Hollywood screenwriter named Syd Field published a book explaining his “paradigm”--a firm and effective classic three part story structure that riffs on the framework first formalized in Aristotle’s Poetics and forms the basis for virtually every modern movie from Silence Of The Lambs to Avatar. The storytelling geometry of the Syd Field Paradigm not only applies to motion pictures, but … [Read more...]