What Type of Freelance Writing Gig Suits You Best?

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What freelance writing gigs do you take on? Are they the best fit for you? Take this quiz and find out.

Promote Your Freelancing Business with Decals from Coffee Shop Freelancers [Giveaway]

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Let’s face it. Freelance writing is a business, especially if you do it full-time. That means you need to deal with all the aspects of running a business, just like every other company – big or small – does. Depending on your location, this may include: Registering a business name and getting a business permit. Keeping track of expenses and income. Filing taxes, which entails knowing what laws apply and what deductions you can make. Promoting your business. Regarding the last point, there are various ways you can promote your business – blogging, content marketing, social media marketing, and having [Read more…]

All a Freelance Writer Wants for Christmas Is…

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freelance writers christmas wishlist

…a list of things. In about a week, we’ll be celebrating the biggest holiday of the year, and the frenzy is at its highest. I don’t even dare go out these days due to the heavy traffic and hordes of shoppers in the malls. But one can wish for gifts this Christmas, right? Source I was thinking about the past year in terms of freelance writing as a career, and I thought it would be fun to make a freelance writer’s Christmas wishlist. More work. Because it keeps me busy and have an excuse not to do other things I [Read more…]

Dress up as a Famous Writer This Halloween

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famous writers halloween

Are you skipping Halloween this year? Or are you all revved up for the revelry, dressing up, all the things that come with this holiday? If you belong to the latter group, then here is a great idea for your costume: dress up as a famous writer! Even though Halloween is only a day away, and you might have a costume already, these costume ideas are just too cool not to put to use. One or two might be a little horrifying, but in general, the costume ideas are great; and while some people might not know who you are, [Read more…]

10 Procrastination-Killing Quotes by Writers, for Writers

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Editor’s note; This post was written by Jennifer Parris, career writer 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. Jennifer provides career and job search advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media. Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com. You promised your editor that you would have your article in by the end of the week. But despite having a looming deadline, you’ve kept yourself busy clicking and commenting on your Facebook friends’ photos, playing with your pug, [Read more…]

Weird Habits of Famous Writers

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weird habits

I’m sure you have your own habits when writing that are perceived as weird by others. It may be having to write only in bed (which I don’t think as weird at all, although I’ve heard it described as such). It could be that you can’t write on any other computer than your own, which again, I don’t find totally weird. Some of the most famous writers we know, however had some really peculiar habits, and the guys at Ninja Essays have put together an infographic sharing those weird habits. Before scrolling down, can you take a guess at what [Read more…]

Happy National Punctuation Day 2014!

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September 24 is National Punctuation Day, the special day of the year for people who can’t stand the improper use of punctuation marks. To put it more positively, it is the day when we celebrate the correct use of punctuation marks. This day was “invented” by Jeff Rubin back in 2004, and he “encourages appreciators of correct punctuation and spelling to send in pictures of errors spotted in everyday life.” With that in mind, here’s a photo which is perfect for this day. Source Don’t you just feel for the comma? He has to see a therapist for all the [Read more…]

Famous Books and Their Word Counts

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Word count. That often dreaded, while at the same time appreciated, element of freelance writing. For some content writers or bloggers, hitting their word count is a pain. For others, making sure that they don’t go over the word count can be a chore (especially if their editor is strict about not going over that number). Still, for some, word count doesn’t really matter. To be honest, while I always take into consideration every client’s requirement for the number of words, I am not too bothered. I have that word count in mind as a general rule, but I just [Read more…]

Writing Tools of Famous Authors – Can You Relate?

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You’re a writer, and you probably have your arsenal of tools which you can’t live without. One thing is for sure: we all have our preferences when it comes to go-to writing tools. Our favorite authors are not exempt from this, and I found an infographic showcasing the writing tools of famous authors. It’s an interesting graphic simply because it shows just quirky writers can be and how it doesn’t matter how “weird” a habit may be. If you write well, who cares if you’ve got some habits that are not considered normal? The infographic features the following authors: George [Read more…]

The Distribution of English Letters in Words [Infographic]

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distribution of english letters

This one’s for you word nerds. I ran across an infographic which shows the distribution of English letters in words, that is, how often the letters are used in the beginning, middle, and end of words. While that may be something we don’t “worry” about on a regular basis, when I saw the title, I did start thinking about it. As you can imagine, I spent quite a bit of time looking at each letter in the infographic and thinking words containing them. I think you might find yourself doing the same thing… You might be wondering how on earth [Read more…]

7 Writing Prompts to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

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Are you stuck on something today? Are you having trouble getting a paragraph/chapter just the way you want it to? Maybe you ought to take a break. Maybe you have to do or write something totally different from what you are supposed to be working on. Or maybe, you just want to write something totally new, something not related to work – even if you’re not stuck. Here are seven writing prompts that may get you out of your comfort zone, maybe give you a laugh, or maybe even take you to a state where you realize you are more [Read more…]

14 Writing Quotes That Will Light a Fire Under Your Butt

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Or keep you going when you’re just about ready to throw in the towel. In other words, I’m sharing 14 inspiring writing quotes that ought to help you if you’re lacking in the inspiration department. If you’re looking for specific ideas for blog posts, take a look at my post last week: 5 Blog Post Topics When Your Inspiration Well Runs Dry. Image source So, hate them or not, quotes can help give you a boost, even though sometimes, it’s a temporary one. You know that we like sharing all sorts of quotes on Facebook and Twitter, so I thought [Read more…]

Funny Quotes for Writers

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funny quotes for writers

Sometimes, even though you plan out your day – or week – perfectly, things just don’t go the way they should. It’s darned Murphy’s Law at work, and you know that when Murphy visits, he doesn’t give a crap about what you think. During those times, you either fight your way through a crappy period, or you sit back, take a breath, and try to laugh things off. If you’re going through a rough period, here are some funny quotes that writers can relate to. I do think that even if you’re having the time of your writing life at [Read more…]

4 Beat Banging Mobile Speakers for the Writer on the Go

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Audiophile

Freelance writers need inspiration too and nothing beats the soothing sounds of your favorite tunes as you ponder your next hit story. I personally can’t handle hearing outside noises while I brainstorm articles so I lock myself away with my headphones at home, turn the volume up and just float and get the work done. I like writing while at home but for the freelance writer on the go who loves the company of great sounding music, I’ve found some cool speakers, all fully funded projects from Kickstarter, to soothe your ear drums and get the creative juices flowing. All [Read more…]

What’s in a Work at Home Writer’s Pantry/Fridge?

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Let’s take a break from writing, shall we? In a guest entry I wrote for Flexjobs about how we freelancers can save money, one of the things I highlighted was always having food in the house. The underlying reason is simple enough: you can more easily resist the temptation to call for delivery or go out to eat. Of course, there are more things that come into play – like self-control – but as I was taking stock of my pantry yesterday, I got curious about how you guys approach this “writer’s pantry issue”. Here’s a quick look at my [Read more…]

What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

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Hemingway Bleed

When Hemingway said this, he probably had no idea just how the tools of the trade would change in the future. While many – if not most – of us would probably not hesitate to shell out some cash to own a vintage typewriter, the fact is that writers have more advanced tools at our disposal today. Of course, there are times when nothing beats good old pen and paper. The other day, while working at a coffee shop, I couldn’t help but glance (okay, more than glance; maybe stare a little) at the people there. Many seemed to be [Read more…]

Freelancing Stats and Trivia – Are You Part of the Numbers?

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I have a confession to make: I have this thing for stats. I probably spend too much time going through Facebook Insights, Google Analytics, etc. just so I can see what’s going on in terms of views, traffic, shares, and whatnot. It’s not that I love math (I did have more than my share of that in uni, but I can’t say I delight in the subject), but there is something about statistics and numbers that captivates. Just don’t ask me to calculate percentages in my head! Anyhow, Julie, an FWJ reader sent me this infographic, which is chockfull of [Read more…]

Win a Hand-Lettered Mini Journal With a Maya Angelou Quote!

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Mini Journal Maya Angelou Quote

It’s been a while since we had a giveaway, hasn’t it? It’s not every day that we come across generous people who want to share their beautiful  – and useful – work with others, but Emily of EmDashPaperCo is giving away one of her hand-lettered mini journals. Not only will it be very useful to any writer, it also has a a very apt quote, which I hope will serve as inspiration. Emily runs a store on Etsy. She has an English BA and MA, is an avid reader, and a lover of the written word in all its forms. Doesn’t [Read more…]

Steven Pinker on What Our Language Habits Reveal

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Language

I’ve heard it said more than once that grammar and learning the intricacies of a language can be boring. I guess it’s safe to assume that you don’t think the same way. (At least I hope I am right!) Earlier this week, I was working on another piece about TED talks. I don’t know if you’re familiar with TED, but the premise is to invite select speakers to speak to a limited audience, with the condition that the talk is focused on something inspiring related to the work the speaker has done. Since its inception in 1984, TED has grown [Read more…]

Win a Free Copy of Kathleen Krueger’s “The Fast Track to Freelance Success Online”!

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The Fast Track to Freelance Success Online

Many of you have been working online for quite some time, but I am sure that we also have a good number of readers who are only starting to wade in the freelance waters. Whichever group you belong to, I think that you will benefit a lot from reading Kathleen Krueger’s recently released e-book, “The Fast Track to Freelance Success Online”. Kathleen is one of our readers, and I was made aware of her book when she left a comment a week or so ago, and guess what? She has generously agreed to give away two copies! The title gives [Read more…]

Have Some Color-coded Fun With English Word Origins

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English word origins visualized

Grammar can be a pain in the butt, but who says it can’t be fun? Etymology, today’s topic, technically doesn’t fall under grammar, but my discovery is too fun not to share with all of you. A guy who runs the blog Ideas Illustrated has taken it upon himself to apply some color-coding technology to English text to make the concept of English word origins more visual. If you are a visual person like me, then this endeavor is definitely a welcome one! What he did was to rely on Douglas Harper’s online dictionary of etymology to determine the language [Read more…]

Who Wants to Win This Ray Bradbury Mug?

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Coffee Mug

I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favorite quotes from a writer. While I have to be honest and say that I am not a huge Ray Bradbury fan (not because I don’t like his work, but simply because I haven’t had the chance to read much of it), this line just hits home at times. When I saw this mug on Etsy, I had a feeling that some of you guys might want to get your hands on it as well. Not only is the design something we can relate to as writers, the mug [Read more…]

Win Codes for miTypewriter App for the iPad

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miTypewriter

I am sure that I am not alone in feeling nostalgic about the entire experience of putting words on paper (literally) using a typewriter. As a kid, I would alternate between the desire to daintily tap on the keys and the urge to pound away like a crazed writer. It might be a difficult thing to find real typewriters nowadays, but for those of you who have an iPad, here’s the next best thing: miTypewriter. This app turns your iPad into something like the typewriters of old, and while you won’t have the tactile experience, the looks and sounds certainly [Read more…]

Get an Electronic Copy of “Corridor” by Robin Parrish for FREE!

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Corridor Robin Parrish

I believe that writers need to continue to improve themselves, and one way of doing that is to read, read, and read some more. When it comes to reading, I can read practically anything (except fashion magazines, maybe), but I do love a good fiction book. And speaking of fiction, did you know that we have a published fiction writer in our team at Splashpress Media? Robin Parrish is a journalist, blogger, and author. He contributes to our sister sites ForeverGeek and Apple Gazette. He has been so kind as to offer an electronic copy of his latest novel, Corridor, [Read more…]

Win Codes for Chapters – Notebooks for Writing!

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iPad App for Writers

What is your most important writing tool? Many years ago, the most common answers would probably have been “notebook” or “notepad” and “pen” or “pencil”. I wouldn’t be surprised if majority of modern answers include laptop, desktop computer, and iPad (or any other tablet for that matter). This is especially true for those of us who use the Internet as the main means of carrying out our work, isn’t it? If you own an iPad, and you would like to have a handy app that will help you write down your thoughts in a more organized way, we have something [Read more…]

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