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How to create a freelance writing schedule that boosts your productivity

As a freelance writer, it’s easy to start the day with lofty goals, only to find that by dinnertime all you’ve done is catch up with fifth-grade BFFs on Facebook, play with your cat and write a half-baked outline of a piece you were hoping to finish. That’s where a schedule comes into play. As much as […]

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10 ways to overcome doubt, insecurity and fear as a freelance writer

Being a freelance writer is like having to ask someone out every day for the rest of your life. Not only do you face rejection on a regular basis, but you face rejection of the most personal aspects of yourself — your words and ideas. It’s the emotional equivalent of standing naked in front of the world and saying, […]

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7 more tips for success as a freelance writer

While there’s no magic formula for success as a freelance writer, there are specific things you need to do to succeed. Here are the key actions that have helped me to advance in my career, and should help you do the same: 1) Build relationships: Nearly every opportunity I’ve had came about because I knew […]

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Tips for getting published as a freelance writer

So you’re ready to make the leap and get published in something besides your blog or church newsletter. You’re probably excited, anxious and slightly confused at the same time, overwhelmed by all of the possibilities and wondering where to begin. Having been one of those excited, anxious and slightly confused writers, I have lots of […]

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Where to find freelance writing work: Websites, job boards and newsletters

If you’re a freelance writer in search of work — and really, what freelance writer isn’t? — try these options: Craigslist – The obvious source for freelance writing work, and just about anything else you can think of. Remember that when searching for writing/editing jobs in the city of your choice, also check out “Writing” […]

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9 things you need to succeed as a freelance writer

To make a successful living as a freelance writer, you’ll need some key basics in your arsenal. Some of them are tangible and others, not so much, but they’re all necessary to making a steady living in the independent, creative, and sometimes unpredictable world of freelance writing. In no particular order, here’s what I’ve found […]

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How to get a job writing for a newspaper

OK, so you want to write for a newspaper. You’ve got your goal in sight. Now, here are the steps you’ll need to take to achieve it. 1. First you’ll have to amass some clips, or writing samples. Preferably these would be news clips, say from a college newspaper. So if you attend college, write […]

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