The New Year is a time to look for new challenges, and one way to change things up is to enter a writing contest.
If you have been busy slaving away over a hot keyboard, working in your own version of a writer’s cave (mine is in a corner of my living room because I found that I work a lot better if I get some sunlight during the day), you tend to get used to going it alone. If you communicate with your clients through phone-mail or IM, it becomes normal for you to deal with people you have never met face to face. Stepping away from your desk to attend writers conferences makes good sense for a number of reasons.
With coworking and freelancing being the trend today, it’s no surprise that more and more people start paying attention to their workspace organization. And if it used to be enough to provide workers with tables, chairs, and computers, today everyone treats a comfortable and well-organized workplace as a high priority.
The reason is simple:
A place and surroundings where people work enhance productivity and increase their peace of mind. Hence, one should care about the place of work and setting up a virtual office if they want to stay inspired, motivated, and productive specialists with better results at work. [Read more…]
We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who supported us when we ran our survey last November. As we promised, we are sharing the results of the survey with everyone.
We asked freelance writers questions that provide insight into our work and industry as a whole and put together the data into one graphic.
To give you a quick overview of the results, here is a summary of the key points. [Read more…]
The (freelancing work) force is strong with this one.
We’re practically a week away from the release of the newest Star Wars movie! Are you excited? We certainly are. so while we wait with bated breath for this, saddle up your Taun Tauns and fire up your light sabers, it’s time to fly into this brand-new space of jobs. Good luck, and may the Force be with you!
Here’s to a great weekend! [Read more…]
Whether you had a steady stream of writing gigs or a tiny trickle, you undoubtedly learned some lessons on what to do—and not to do—as a freelance writer in 2015. While we have yet to celebrate Christmas, it’s never too early to think about creating a better (new) year.
As you write your way into 2016, here are some New Year’s resolutions for you, the freelance writer, that will help you create a freelance writing career you’ll love. [Read more…]
Author: Kenneth Waldman is a freelance writer and content creator. He draws his inspiration out of the traveling. Get in touch with him on Linkedin.
You might be surprised to learn the number of freelance writing aspirants out there. However, many don’t dedicate time to fulfilling their dream. Alternatively, they go about their 9 to 5 traditional work routines, take orders from irritable bosses, and get paid less their worth.
If you wish to be a freelancer and your current situation is similar to the one outlined above, it’s high time you make a change. You’ll only waste time if you keep procrastinating.
Just remember that it takes some time to grow a successful freelance writing business. The steps to actually start are simple. They do not guarantee that you’ll be swimming in cash, but they will set you on the right path to gaining a solid income in the near future. [Read more…]
I don’t know if you’ve heard of Medium, but it is getting a lot of attention lately. Content marketers, especially, are taking advantage of Medium to achieve their goals.
What is Medium?
It is a platform where anyone can write and publish articles. More than merely publishing content, however, one can give and receive feedback on the fly. In that sense, Medium is a collaborative venue for writers.
Another unique thing about Medium is that the popularity of the writer does not count as much as his or her ideas and the quality of the content. If your topic is discussion worthy and written in a way that elicits discussion, then you are as likely to get attention as the big names in blogging.
Here is a good infographic that gives a quick overview of Medium.
While it focuses on content marketers and the benefits they can reap from Medium, there are points that freelance writers can capitalize on.
Medium for freelance writers
So why consider using the platform?
- Gain exposure. We’ve talked about writers needing a portfolio, and Medium can be part of that. It’s not your own blog, but your name is out there, and if your pieces are good, then you’ll have more people leaving comments and giving feedback. If this happens, your content can easily spread – as the infographic says – like wildfire.
- Make connections. As you get exposure and people discover (and like) your content, you have the chance to create connections. This is good not only because you may find potential clients, but connecting with like-minded people will stimulate creativity and inspire.
- Get links to your blog. People probably won’t admit it, but creating content on Medium is one way of getting backlinks legitimately. You can link to your online portfolio, your own website, or to a specific blog post you want to promote. As long as you do not use Medium for this sole purpose, and the content you publish is not fluff, linking back to your site is totally above board – at least in my opinion.
Back to you
Have you ever considered using Medium? After reading the above, would you consider using the platform?
For those of you who are already on Medium, what can you say about it? Do the points above make sense?
You might also want to read: 5 Online Portfolio Platforms for Freelance Writers
As a writer, one of your functions is to avoid using sexist language in what you produce. You want your writing to be free from bias that will alienate a potential reader. The person trying to read your piece may become distracted from the ideas you are trying to present if you are not careful about the type of language you choose.
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, let’s have a bit of scary fun.
Let’s take a look at some horror writing prompts, which will bring out your dark side.
Whether you are a horror writer, or you just want to flex your creative juices, these prompts ought to send chills down your spine – which may or may not be a good thing.
Horror writing prompts
1. The ice cream truck
2. Hollywood screams
Pick 5 of your favourite actors and cast them as characters in a horror film.
For each write the following:
- Their backstory. Where do they come from? What do they do for work or study? Are they rich or poor?
- What is their reaction to the situation they find themselves in. Do they get angry and fearful or do they remain calm?
- Their death or near death scene. How do they die? If the escape, how do they do that?
3. Inside a bag
4. The bird
Write a story about a creepy bird. Start your story with “It is perched on a branch, not far from my window, watching, staring with an unfathomable black eye.”
6. The nightmare
You used to have this recurring nightmare which would wake you up screaming in the middle of the night. You haven’t had it for several years, but one night, you wake up screaming again. A few minutes later, you realize it isn’t just a nightmare. You are living the nightmare.
What is that nightmare? What happens, and how do you get back to reality?
7. The gargoyles
Horror writers, do you have your own tried and tested writing prompts? Care to share them with us?