4 Tips For Talking About Money With Clients

4 Tips For Talking About Money With Clients

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As freelancers, we’ve ventured off on our own to take charge of our careers and have greater control over our earning power. While most of us have the “take charge” part down, it seems the topic of money is an ever-constant source of frustration and uncertainty, especially for those just starting out in the world of freelancing. I’m going to bring up that awkward topic, and bask in the uncomfortableness with you, sharing why talking about money will ensure that you make more money. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT I have two friends who work for small businesses, both of whom have … Read More

Want to Redesign Your Blog? Start with a Brand Brief.

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When you grow up with siblings, every adult conversation takes place in shorthand developed over decades of shared experience. You can says things like “there’s a moose on the table,” even when there isn’t, because your siblings will know there used to be a moose, and that your mom threw it on the table when there was a problem that no one was talking about, and that even though the common euphemism is “there’s an elephant in the room,” your mom likes moose, so in your family it’s a moose, and that it doesn’t really matter what animal it is because it’s … Read More

When Someone Seemingly Steals Your Idea

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When the article appeared on my newsfeed I laughed and clicked on it right away. It was almost the exact same article I had written months before. I told myself not to worry about it. In the world of mommy blogging it’s quite common to see the same ideas, themes, and topics repeated so I wasn’t completely surprised. When the idea for my article popped in my head several months before I thought I finally found a topic that nobody had covered in the same way. I even googled my idea to make sure there were no other similar articles … Read More

Find Your Writing Tribe in a New City -7 Strategies

Find Your Writing Tribe in a New City – 7 Strategies

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When you make your living as a freelance writer, it’s important to know where you can find fellow writers in your community. Whether you want to network with like-minded individuals or enjoy brainstorming and sharing ideas with others who know your craft, finding a local writing tribe can be instrumental in professional success. I’ve been making a living as a freelance writer for more than seven years. And while many of the publications I’ve written for are national, a fair amount of my clients and steady writing work stemmed from the city in which I resided. When I moved from … Read More

8 Ways To Understand And Deal With Negative Comments P

8 Ways To Understand And Deal With Negative Comments

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One can always expect negative comments when a controversial piece is published, however, even the most innocent and well-meaning pieces can attract heartless comments. Like many published writers,  I’ve experienced my fair share. Here’s my advice. PEOPLE GET TO DISAGREE WITH YOU No matter how articulate you are as a writer, people will interpret your words their own way; often in complete opposition to what you intended. Some are lovely and supportive and others are deliberately cruel. What I always remember is that everyone is entitled to their opinion and it isn’t always going to agree with ours. That’s ok. As … Read More

So You Blew An Assignment - Now What?

So You Blew an Assignment. Now What?

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I had a pitch accepted by my dream pub. I was going to be a “real” writer! So I secured interviews, printed out tons of pages of research materials, and set out to work. And then I blew it, and it was epic. But what happened, exactly? In short, life happened. I got sick, the kids were on holidays (again) and stayed at home all the time, and to add insult to injury, I realized, too late, that my source wasn’t the one I was looking for. Too proud to admit this wasn’t going to work out, I only let … Read More

Report A Story Your Editor Will Love!

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You landed a plum assignment! Fantastic! Now it’s time to research and write it. Essay writing is comparatively easy when pretty much the only source you’re relying on is you. But with a reported story, it’s the experts you quote and the research you cite that will make your story compelling and credible. That’s what I’m going to focus on here. I’m going to talk about reporting health stories because that’s the kind of articles I wrote for many years, but the basic principles apply to any kind of reported article you’re working on. What makes a good expert? I’ll … Read More

Your Questions Answered: the ProWritingAid team’s Q&A on using a self-editing tool

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I was hesitant to try a self-editing tool, but when I finally did a few months ago, I was pleasantly surprised. Since ProWritingAid offers their super powerful free tool for free, I have been sharing it with all my readers. The Q&A that follows will get you off and running quickly if you decide to give it a try (and it takes about 5 seconds to try it for the first time). Don’t miss what the team shares about Word Explorer, a feature you might miss if you don’t know it is there– so good!! Some of the links on this … Read More

Stop Vagueblogging with These Ten Simple Tips

Stop Vagueblogging with These 10 Simple Tips

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Do you have a social media friend who is always writing about the horrors of her life without actually telling you what those horrors are? I don’t know if I can make it through the night. Nothing has ever hurt so bad. Finding out who my true friends are… The phenomenon is so widespread that it now has a name: vaguebooking, a form of status update designed to elicit sympathy and/attention from readers who respond to ask what is wrong and offer support to the poster. But vaguebooking can just as easily backfire, leading people to unfriend the poster. What’s … Read More

A New Freelance Writer Shares Tips for Starting Your Freelance Career

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Before I began my freelance writing career, I was intrigued by the idea and wanted to pursue this career for quite a few reasons. However, I had absolutely no clue how to do it! One night, I happened to stumble upon Elna Cain’s blog post 20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner), and discovered at least a few of the ways she suggested looking for freelance writing positions were things I was completely comfortable doing. It was so exciting to know how to go about becoming a freelance writer! A couple days later I was knee deep in creating … Read More