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Want to be a Writer? 3 Tips to Fund Your Literary Dreams

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For those of us who feel we were born to be writers, the uncertainty and struggle of a writer’s life isn’t enough to keep us from pursuing it. That said, we still need to pay the bills. Don’t let your literary aspirations come to a full stop by a swiftly dwindling bank account. Prepare yourself financially for a life of writing with these three tips: Create a Budget and Quit Shopping for ‘Fun’ Calculate your living expenses and create a budget you can stick to. Yes, this means the days of impulse shopping are over. Research shows that when you [Read more…]

When Can You Call Yourself a Writer?

When Can You Call Yourself a Writer?

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Brie Weiler Reynolds, the Director of Online Content at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings. FlexJobs lists thousands of pre-screened, legitimate, and professional-level work-from-home jobs and other types of flexibility like part-time positions, freelancing, and flexible schedules. Brie provides career and job search advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media. Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com. If you’re visiting this site, it’s highly likely that you’re either thinking of becoming, or you already are, a writer. When, though, does that transition happen? When do you get to drop the “aspiring” from your title as [Read more…]

Signs You Have What it Takes to Be a Freelance Writer

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It all looks so promising on paper: Doing what you love, in your pajamas, on the couch with the Kardashians on mute for company. For successful freelance writers, that might certainly be the setup, or they might only be able to do it while hot desking from a more professional space. There’s no right or wrong way to be a freelance writer, but you do need to have a certain set of skills and the right personality in order to succeed. Otherwise, it might be more like a hobby or second job and not enough to keep you financially fit. [Read more…]

Are You Writing for the Wrong Reasons?

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I have been thinking about why I write for the past several weeks, and it has not been an easy ride. For one, there are different kinds of writing, and reasons for writing do not fall into the one-size-fits-all bucket. Still, I think that, for people who mainly make a living out of writing, the question is a good one to think about – when you do not have urgent deadlines looming, perhaps. Image source Let’s get the “I need to bring home the bacon” reason out of the way, because, let’s face it – we need to provide for [Read more…]

Three Things to Help You Bounce Back When You Feel Like a Failure

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there at least once. A client sends back negative feedback that is so scathing even a rhino’s hide would burn in an instant. Or maybe your boss tells you you’re not doing a good job, and you need to step up. Sometimes, even a simple statement from a friend or family member may bring you down and make you feel like you’re a failure at what you do. Circumstances and triggers will differ, but these things happen, and the result is the same: you feel that you suck. Some people [Read more…]

On Reading: Do You Read the Right Way?

On Reading: Do You Read the Right Way?

Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying “There is creative reading as well as creative writing,” and as writers, we know just how important reading is. But, is there such a thing as the right way to read? I have been thinking about this thanks to an article I read last week, titled Does anybody read books the right way any more? The article starts with: And I’m not talking about paper versus digital. I’m talking about curling up with a good book, for hours. Sitting in a hammock, or in a chair by the fire, just totally pulled into [Read more…]

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