The Dos and Don’ts of Writing an Amazing Blog Post

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Cari Bennette, freelance writer, editor and content creator for JetWriters blog. She has around 4 years experience in blogging and does her best to write excellent posts and share her blogging tips with others. Contact her on Twitter. Writing an amazing blog post seems to come so easy for some writers. They have the perfect selection of flowing words that captures the essence of every idea. And for others, well, it’s a struggle. A struggle that shows in the numbers: posts with no comments, meagre social shares and zero sales. And it can be [Read more…]

Quick Tips to Help You Write Good Headlines

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Any writer – experienced or starting – runs into the “problem” of how to write good headlines. Journalism students take courses focused on how to write good headlines. And we all know the reason for this: more often than not, the headline is what makes the reader decide whether or not to actually read the article. This is even more important when it comes to online writing. Whether it’s a blog post, an article on some web site, or a news piece, the headline can make the difference between getting a page view or the reader moving on. As such, [Read more…]

4 Tips to Cut Down Writing Time

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Writing time is always a touchy subject, as there is no such thing as a set length of time wherein a writer can finish a piece of work. Whether it’s a blog post, an article for a magazine, a short story, or a novel, it does not matter. How long you write is not a one-size-fits-all matter.  Image source There are, however, some things that writers can do to cut down on writing time. This is especially important for freelance writers who get “paid per piece or per word or perhaps”, as humorist Robert Benchley said. The writing process may [Read more…]

Easy Ways to Increase Writing Productivity

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When your income is determined by the amount of content you create, the pressure to be productive as a freelance writer can be debilitating. Don’t allow diminished output to be the white whale of your writing career. Increase your writing productivity with these six easy suggestions: Create a Flexible Schedule Freelance writers need a daily writing plan to stay on track, especially if they juggle simultaneous projects or write several articles per day. But when using a schedule, permit some flexibility. Don’t become so tied to your calendar that you deny your own creative impulses. Allow yourself to be inspired rather [Read more…]

3 Essential Tips to Stand Out as a Writer

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Editor’s Note: This was written by the Ebyline staff, a site that connects publishers with the right freelancers for their work. Check them out on twitter: @Ebyline and on Google+. You’re a good writer, and you know it.  If given a keyboard and Internet connection, you could craft ingenious articles in no time, but the only problem is –you’re not getting the work you need.  Sitting in front of your computer all day, twiddling your thumbs, checking Facebook, and getting lost on the ‘top 10s’ of Buzzfeed isn’t going to pay the bills!   You need to get your name out there, and [Read more…]

3 Effective Tips for Crowdfunding Copywriters

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Image credit Crowdfunding is a popular activity these days, thanks to the success of platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The premise is simple and taps into one of the essential characteristics of human beings: helping out others in small ways and also receiving some sort of benefit, emotional or tangible. On the practical side, freelance writers have a stake in the crowdfunding niche as well. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve regularly included ads for crowdfunding copywriters in the daily job leads. As far as I’m concerned, this is one evidence of just how critical crowdfunding pages [Read more…]

Arranging Stock Photos within Freelance Articles

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Why should any number of freelancers be concerned about photos in their posts? There are a number of reasons and they mostly pertain towards marketing ventures. To get more eyeballs viewing your posts it will take some time and a lot of practice. But if you have the ability to craft unique headlines with related stock photos, the process becomes a lot easier. I want to present some ideas from the website Depositphotos which can be a tremendous asset to freelancers. All of their products are submitted by other freelancers or graphics designers who live around the globe. You have [Read more…]

Has Technical Writing Stifled Your Creative Side?

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It is no secret that technical writing jobs pay well. Many freelance writers slowly slip into the technical writing sphere and get stuck. The jobs are plenty and the pay is good, and as a writer this stability is appealing. Other freelance jobs that seem to pay well are those connected with a specific company. For example, I used to write for a credit card website, so naturally my writing was centered on credit card tips and advice. There used to be a time when I would try and play around with my sentence structures and get fancy with metaphors, [Read more…]

Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon

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Masthead Located within the first few pages of a publication, the masthead lists the important information you need – editor names, assistant editors, departments, contributing writers, etc. It is also helpful to find out the email configuration of the company – a not so secret tip on getting your queries to the right person without the SASE. On Speculation When a writer has a fantastic idea and an editor isn’t so sure, they will ask the writer to write the piece on spec or speculation. This means a writer will write the article in its entirety on the hopes that [Read more…]

Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon

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Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon – A – C: From AP Style to Crib Sheet Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon – D – G From Deadlines to Ghostwriting Headline The attention grabber,  the big bold letters at the top of the articles that stop readers in their tracks. Example: “Sixty Ways to Drive Your Man Wild” or “Top Ten Blogging Tips for Beginners” or “Why Your Kids Hate You.” Careful with the sensational ones, readers hate a content tease. HTML Hypertext markup language. Without getting all techie, it’s the tags that create <b>bold</b> lettering, italics, indentations, hyperlinks, etc. Some gigs [Read more…]

Article Clip 911

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This is it! This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for – a publication you’ve had your eye on is interested in your work. Perhaps you’ve had a chance meeting with an editor or saw a job post. Now all you need is to send in that one great clip. You know, the one that shows your skill, expertise and spot on interviewing? So you type the title and your name into Google to pull up the piece…It’s gone. Silly you, you never got around to saving that clip or even printing it out. You figured it would always be [Read more…]

What Writers Can Learn from Ted Williams

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If you haven’t heard of Ted Williams by now, you must have been working really hard! Ted Williams was homeless, asking for change by the highway in Columbus, Ohio. He has an incredible voice perfect for voice-overs, radio work, etc. In fact, before addiction took hold, Williams worked in radio. A videographer for the Columbus Dispatch newspaper captured his voice and story, published the piece and it went viral. Soon, calls and job offers began pouring in for the man with the “golden voice.” There’s a lot to be said about the heartwarming story – the power of social media, [Read more…]

For The New Year’s Day Dream Makers

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I had planned on taking the rest of the week off. Normally, I post on Tuesday and Thursdays, but Christmas and New Year’s this year I gave myself the Thursday before each holiday off. Then this morning I woke up with a memory: Years ago on New Year’s Day I was sick, had the day off from work and was researching information for the beauty and fashion column I wrote for a friend’s site. It was a fun thing I did on the side, but while researching I came across the term “freelance writer.” I realized there were people out [Read more…]

Closing the Deal on Conclusions

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I admit it. I’m a terrible closer. If I spend 20 minutes crafting my lede, you can guarantee I spend 18.5 minutes on the closing. It’s something I work on more often than I want to think about, however, it is better than the alternative – driving your audience off a cliff. When I’m stuck on my wrap-up I try four things to get myself back on track: 1. Revisit the lede. The lede brought your audience into the article and the conclusion will touch back home on the same thought, feeling or person – if an anecdote – that [Read more…]

5 Easy Article Research Tips

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If you peer into the heart of a great article, you’ll find it being kept alive from lede to conclusion by thorough research. And while access to information is easier, digging through the massive amounts available can be difficult, time consuming and frustrating. Simply tweaking a few already used tools will yield quicker, quality, in-depth information. 1. Google Tweaks A big source of info and debate is how best to use this vast resource. One thing to keep in mind while doing a Google search is the items that are listed first are not necessarily the best on the subject [Read more…]

Objectivity vs Indifference

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I pride myself on being a journalist. I hold fast and true to the Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics and use it to guide me through ethical situations. I also cringe and swear (loudly) when other journalists don’t, and I don’t have much tolerance for ‘personalities,’ ‘commentators’ and ‘hosts’ who pretend to be journalists and break all the ethical rules of journalism. I believe in the power of objectivity and letting the story speak for itself. But guess what, I also believe in the power of the human voice telling the story. There is a difference between passionate [Read more…]

Niche or No?

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There is one big question freelance writers must tackle regardless of their experience or career length: niche or no? Newbie writers will read article upon article and blog upon blog touting the importance of finding a niche, picking a niche, taking a niche out on a date…Veterans will find themselves bombarded with articles and posts on when it’s time to leave a niche, switch, combine, create a Frankenstein and give a manic laugh… The truth is – you have a choice. Pro Niche: 1. Building a good reputation as a writer is important. Getting steady work is important as well. [Read more…]

Just a Quick Note

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Backspace Agent-Author Seminar Coming in November

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Writing conferences and seminars are a great way to hone your writing skills, run ideas by your peers, and sometimes get in front of seasoned experts who can help you take the next step in your writing career.  The upcoming Backspace Agent-Author Seminar that is being held on November 11th and 12th in New York City is one of those conferences. The Backspace Agent-Author Seminar will include panel discussions, small group query letter workshop critiques, and opening pages workshop critiques with over 20 literary agents in attendance (including someone from the literary agency that represents my books, although not my [Read more…]

Side-Note: Making the Most of a Writing Opportunity

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If I asked you a question and you knew the answer would you answer it? What if it meant thousands of people would see your response and have a link to your website? That’s the great thing about FWJ. It gives great opportunities to newbie and seasoned writers. A few days ago I wrote a post about writing on hot topics, a few do’s and don’ts. At the end I posed a question to the FWJ community: I wanted to hear some of your ideas on how to or how not to write about a hot topic. I asked for [Read more…]

That Whole "How to Write Good" Thing

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I’ve seen this type of thing in several different places. Back when I was still wondering what the heck the Internet had to offer other than hard-to-follow chat rooms, I found a printed version of it in a souvenir shop and bought it for my English major friend. Some years later, I was forwarding different iterations via email. (Yeah, the Internet was getting a little more relevant at that point.) Now, here I am: a professional blogger, and I’ve found a whole new way to make people read this stuff. By the way, I found this compilation at PlainLanguage.gov. I’m [Read more…]

L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition Open for Submissions

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I’ve published a variety of writing contests over the past month, but today is the first screenwriting competition.  It’s a good one, too! Each year, the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival includes a competition for filmmakers and a competition for screenwriters.  Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 competition, which coincides with the April 2011 festival.  The early bird deadline is October 2, 2010. Following are details from the L.A. Comedy Shorts website: “Comedy screenwriters from around the world compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes, including travel, accommodations and two VIP passes to the festival in Los [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Back to School

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I wrote a post today over at Performancing.com called Blogging Back to School, and I thought it was a good topic to talk about here on Freelance Writing Jobs, too.  With all the kids heading back into the halls of learning at this time of year, many freelancer writers have a bit more time each day to work and catch up on all the things we had to push down on the list of priorities while our kids were home on summer vacation. It’s also a good time to think about writing basics!  The English language has taken on a [Read more…]

PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship Accepting Submissions

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Sorry for the late notice on this opportunity, but I just stumbled upon it this morning.  If you have poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction ready to go, then you can still make the August 31, 2010 deadline to enter to win a $1,000 fellowship from PEN Center USA and an 8-month mentorship in Los Angeles, California.  The entry fee is just $10. Here are the main entry details from the PEN Center USA website: “Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship program that aims to provide new writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need to launch a professional [Read more…]

Call for Submissions and Writing Contests from Creative Nonfiction Journal

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Do you write creative nonfiction?  Then this post is for you! The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is a private, non-profit organization described on their website as follows: The Creative Nonfiction Foundation pursues educational and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction. Its objectives are to provide a venue, the journal Creative Nonfiction, for high quality nonfiction prose (memoir, literary journalism, personal essay); to serve as the singular strongest voice of the genre, defining the ethics and parameters of the field; and to broaden the genre’s impact in the literary arena by providing an array of educational services and publishing activities. [Read more…]

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