How Good a Writer Do You Have to Be to Earn Six Figures?

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Editor’s note: This post was written by David Wilkening, who was a newspaper writer in Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Orlando before becoming a freelance writer more than three decades ago. He was a newspaper feature writer and Washington Bureau Chief. He was an editor at Orlando Magazine and Travel Weekly for years and contributed to […]

Writers, Kick Self-Doubt in the Bum!

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Everyone experiences self-doubt now and then. It’s part of being human, and writers are not exempt from this. In fact, I would go as far as to say that writers probably experience self-doubt more than other people. This is because we create things by transforming abstract ideas into concrete, readable words; and this makes us […]

What Writing Does to Your Brain [Infographic]

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We’re all writers here, although we do sometimes struggle with how to call/label ourselves. One thing is for sure, though: we know that there are wonderful things that happen in our brains when we write. However, have you ever really thought (or read) about what writing does to your brain? I found this interesting, albeit […]

4 Habits That Give Freelancers a Bad Name

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In all the years (almost a decade) I’ve been freelancing, I think I have taken on every possible gig out there – from content writing to product description writing to blogging to magazine writing to ad writing to coordinating/managing other freelancers. I’d like to say I have had my fair share of experience, and lately, […]

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia

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The freelance writing community is getting a little paranoid. I find I can’t hold a casual online conversation with someone without that person apologizing for typos or errors. It’s getting a little silly. Excellent writers are posting thought provoking comments on blogs and in forums,  and then turn around and post again apologizing for typos […]

Will Casual Blogging Conversation Be the Death of Formal Article Writing?

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A couple of days ago I wondered if it’s OK for freelance writing bloggers to talk like they speak. After all, blogging is a much more casual form of writing than what most of us are used to.  While some purists don’t always appreciate a conversational tone when reading the news or learning about vitamin […]