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It’s a painful truth for all writers to face, but writing your first draft is only half the battle. If you want your work to really shine, you have to confidently edit your work from murky first draft to polished prose. Fortunately, there are lots of successful editing strategies for writers and we’ve put together a few of them for you.
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Have you dreamed about being a writer since you were a kid? Maybe you’re currently in school for journalism or creative writing. In order to have a successful career as a journalist, author, or any other kind of writer, you’ve got to ditch your bad habits.
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At first, writing and working at home feels like a dream… wearing comfortable clothes, no morning commute, and choosing your own hours. But after having no company other than yourself for a while, that dream can turn into a lonely nightmare. You find yourself missing the casual chit-chat of coworkers and you start to cherish that 60-second interaction with the cashier who bags your groceries.
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We’re commonly told that ideas are everywhere, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Whether working a fiction or non-fiction project, every writer goes through periods where they can’t come up with anything new and exciting to write about. That’s when you need to actively search for inspiration, and to get you started, I’ve got several unusual sources of inspiration you can try.
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Whether you’re a full-time writer, a side-hustler, or a student, you write all the time. You’ve got a full writing schedule and big dreams of being prolific, pumping out thousands of words every day. While the perfect writing environment isn’t a guarantee that you’ll always surpass your word count, it can make a big difference. Make a few simple changes and add a handful of items to create your ideal writing environment at home.
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Before getting to the biggest freelance question of all (‘How much should I charge?’), you have to decide how you would like to charge your clients. There are four common ways of pricing your work: per word, per hour, per project, and monthly retainer. Each method of pricing your freelance writing work has its pros and cons to consider.
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Between essays, articles, stories, and exams, students do a lot of writing during their college and university career. It’s stressful trying to complete all of your writing assignments but thankfully there is plenty of help on the internet. From brainstorming to citing your references to showing off your finished work, we’ve found several free writing tools that will make your life easier.
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No matter how talented you are as a writer, procrastination has the potential to bring your writing career crashing down. We all face procrastination because, dare I say, it’s a normal part of the writing process once in a while.
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Have you jumped on the podcast train yet? There are more podcasts than ever, on every topic you could imagine, with hosts from celebrities to the teens down the street. Podcasts are super convenient since you can listen to them anywhere, and they have the power to entertain, educate, and inspire.
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If you want your writing to pack a punch, there are specific words to watch out for. These words tend to be lazy and ambiguous, taking up space without adding clarity to your piece.
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You’re starting to think about branching out into freelance writing or journalism, while still maintaining your full-time day job. It’s exciting, full of opportunities, and you’re feeling good! Just know that along with all the excitement, you’re about to get very, very busy.
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Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’re frustrated with parts of your corporate nine-to-five job and you want to do something you’re actually excited about. Something where there’s no Sunday night dread or Monday morning blues.
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For the freelance writer who is tired of working by themselves at home, coffee shops are a lifesaver. You get to enjoy human interaction (even if it’s brief), a new environment, and delicious drinks at the ready.
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A great way to build your freelance writing business is using testimonials that capture the attention of potential clients and editors. By adding a few raving testimonials to your website, you’re showing new clients that you have a proven track record of doing excellent work. That brings them one step closer to hiring you!
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We’ve all been there at least once, if not once a week. Staring at our computer screen with no idea what to write. As a freelance writer, sometimes it’s challenging to constantly be coming with new article ideas and new blog posts to write.
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Personal essays may not be the way you’re making a living as a freelancer, but they still make useful material for your blog. Don’t let recent chatter on the death of the personal essay boom fool you: they’re still a good way to get attention on your writing.
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Freelance writing is often a roller coaster ride of busy periods and dry spells. If you’d like to even out those highs and lows, cold pitching is a great place to start. Send out cold pitches consistently, even during your busy periods, and you’ll have a fairly steady stream of clients wanting to work with you.
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We’ve rounded up a list of thoughtful gifts that writers of all kinds will absolutely love. Maybe you need a gift for another writer’s birthday or maybe you’re just looking to treat yourself to something new. Either way, we’ve got a fun and helpful list for you!
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I’m willing to place a bet that you’ve either already written for free or have considered it before. Whether or not you should write for exposure is hotly contested on the Internet and you’ll find that some writers stand firm with ‘absolutely not.’
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For a writer, finding the perfect writing environment can have a major effect on our productivity. We made a big fuss over finding the right desk, chair, coffee shop, beverages, snacks, and more. Fair enough though, because for me, the right setting can be the difference between 500 and 3000 words in a day.
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A quick but polite “No thanks,” from a magazine editor. A short and rude “No way,” from a popular blog. Crickets on your short story submission. Rejections will stack up quickly during your writing career.
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While we know that working from home is basically living the dream, it’s not long before I start to go a little mad with cabin fever. Sitting inside and staring at the same four walls all day, every day without any human interaction doesn’t bode well for anyone’s mental health or creative output.
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Working as a writer has a few advantages I would never want to give up. I get to choose my hours, work wherever I like, and partner up with interesting clients. Not to mention the fact I get to wear sweatpants almost every day!
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If there’s one thing almost all writers have in common, it’s being masters of procrastination. Set a blank screen in front of us, and we dread it so much that we can find any number of other things to do, like fall down the rabbit hole of social media, watch endless YouTube videos, or even get a few loads of laundry done.
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There’s nothing like a new year and the idea of a clean slate to renew the motivation in your writing career. Take advantage of the resolution-setting mindset and set yourself some new writing goals for the year ahead. Not sure what goals to set? We’ve got a few suggestions for you!
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Traditionally, the workload for writers starts to slow down during summer months and the Christmas season every year. As we approach this next slow period, you might already be seeing clients reducing their budgets and editors getting ready for vacation. However, you don’t have to stand by twiddling your thumbs and waiting for things to pick up again. We’ve got a few suggestions to keep you productive during the quiet periods.
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As a journalist, blogger, or content creator, you should always be looking to improve your writing skills. After all, it’s a natural instinct to want to get better at something. Plus, you can find better writing opportunities and even increase your rates as you improve your writing skills. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can improve your writing.
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Good case studies are a very powerful “soft-sell” business tool for promoting products or services, particularly in a B2B environment. Most case studies are short, only a couple of pages, and tell the story of how the customer benefitted from your client's product.
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Getting through to editors is sometimes difficult. They are always busy. Particularly on Press Day, for print publications. Although more and more content is online, there are still thousands of magazines, newspapers, and local publications which have a press day – the day everybody scurries about like mad to get everything off to the pre-press house or the printers. It's been like that since Dickens' time.