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Day 5: Update Your Reading, 5 Ways to Enhance Your Writing Skills

Day 5: Update Your Reading, 5 Ways to Enhance Your Writing Skills

There’s nothing like finding a blog you love or a columnist that says exactly what you’re thinking. Often at FWJ we are accused of being mind readers and though I’d love to have all the readers of Freelance Writing Jobs spend $9.99 a minute to call in so I can read their writing tea leaves, we are actually just writing about what we live and questions we have had or have been asked. We try to evolve here, meet our readers needs, etc. and your other daily, weekly reading favorites should do the same. When’s the last time you looked [Read more…]

Networking Your Articles into More Work

Networking Your Articles into More Work

Carson, one of our newest bloggers at FWJ had a great post today: Writing Talent and Success as a Freelancer. Carson discussed how writing talent will only get you so far and your ability to master the business end of freelance writing is what is going to make the difference between eating steak or bologna. I added the bologna part, but it’s an important point to consider. Writers define their success in different ways – first when they get published, then when they can live off their earnings. The question is what are you eating steak or bologna? There are [Read more…]

Wordy Wednesday – Double Ds

Below you will find several sets of letters. If you add the same letter to both the beginning and the end of the group, you will have formed a real word. For example, _REA_ would become “DREAD” when a D is placed at the beginning and the end. Put your answer in the comments without looking at what other people have said. 1.  _rudit_ 2.  _oly_ 3.  _atharti_ 4.  _ictate_

Day 4: Technology, 5 Ways to Enhance Your Writing Skills

Day 4: Technology, 5 Ways to Enhance Your Writing Skills

Freelance writing is one of the businesses people can start with little to no start up costs.  All you need is a computer, Internet connection, a phone and the writing talent with which you were born. This is one of the reasons why freelance writing is such an attractive career for so many. The danger is a simple start can lead to technological complacency. Day four’s tip is update your technology. There are a variety of helpful techno gear and software that will save you time and increase your access to clients thereby increasing profits and success. The key is [Read more…]

Blog Posts vs. Articles: Format

Blog Posts vs. Articles: Format

Today we complete the blog versus article comparison. Previous posts covered length and POV,  audience expectation and today we are going to look at formatting differences. Articles have a pretty standard format. There’s the lede (lead) paragraph, some quotes, source citing, each new idea is in a new paragraph and there is a conclusion paragraph to tie it all together. Articles that have more information will also have bullet points or sub-sections with different headers. It’s a simple concept that’s not so easy to execute successfully no matter what those “Freelance Writing is Easy!” ads contend. Blog posts have more [Read more…]

The Vices of Very Creative People – Part 1

If you go through life free of bad habits, you won’t live forever, but it will feel like it. In my neverending research into what makes a good writer, rather than me actually writing, a number of things began to present themselves about the way authors conduct themselves these days, certainly as opposed to the lives some of our predecessors. These days the early life of the writer is mostly disciplined and planned by demanding publishers. Especially when there are twenty authors waiting for their shot should one get a little too big for their britches after their first success. [Read more…]

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