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Published on 4th June, 2018

11 Unusual Sources for Writing Inspiration

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 ...
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Published on 4th June, 2018

How to Create an Ideal Writing Environment at Home

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 ...
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Published on 17th April, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Freelance Pricing Strategies

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 ...
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Published on 11th April, 2018

The Best Writing Tools Every Student Should Use

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 ...
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Published on 27th Feb., 2018

8 Helpful Podcasts Every Writer Should Listen To

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 ...
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Published on 30th Nov., 2017

8 Words to Eliminate from Your Writing

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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Published on 1st Nov., 2017

How to Manage Freelancing with a Full-Time Job

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 ...
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Published on 28th Sept., 2017

The Writer’s Guide to Coffee Shop Etiquette

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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Published on 29th Aug., 2017

Easy Ways to Ask Your Clients for Testimonials

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 ...
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Published on 9th Aug., 2017

Easy Ways for You to Find New Article Ideas

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 ...
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Published on 4th July, 2017

How to Write a Cold Pitch for Freelance Writing

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 ...
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Published on 1st July, 2017

10 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Writers

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 ...
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Published on 13th June, 2017

Should You Write for Free?

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 ...
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Published on 3rd May, 2017

Write More with the Perfect Writing Software for You

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 ...
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Published on 28th April, 2017

How to Bounce Back from Rejection Letters

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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Published on 4th March, 2017

5 Creative Places for You to Write From

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 ...
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Published on 28th Jan., 2017

How to be a Healthy Writer

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 ...
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Published on 8th Jan., 2017

How to Trick Your Brain Into Writing

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, ...
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Published on 1st Jan., 2017

5 Writing Goals You Can Set This Year

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 ...
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Published on 2nd Dec., 2016

Staying Productive During Slow Periods

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. ...
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Published on 31st Oct., 2016

How to Improve Your Writing

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 ...
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Published on 11th March, 2016

How to Write Outstanding Case Studies

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 ...
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Published on 27th Feb., 2016

Top Tips for Pitching to Editors

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 ...