Category Archives: Freelance Writing

Lesson in Research Redux

I had reason to go to our storage facility and bring home the boxes of files I accumulated researching my book as well as writing it.

To use a cliché, it truly was a “Blast from the Past.” The book was published in 2009, and I have not looked at these files since. I know I’m an intense researcher and I know I spent a lot of time… and money… … Read the rest

My Research Methodology Won Me A Screenplay-Why reliable research facts make a difference

Here is the good news: My research methodology has offered me some great results. So, at the risk of gloating, I’m going to share my process to support my great luck.

1. My book, Taking Aim at the President, has been optioned for a movie on the big screen by two award-winning screenwriters, Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen. Their first major motion picture, Chappaquiddick, won praise from the … Read the rest

How Canning Fruit Supports My Writing

We’ve all learned how certain practices support others. Such a taking a walk can help us work out a problem or vacuuming the carpet encourages the resolution for a dilemma.

For me, it is the hard labor of picking fruit and canning that helps to sort out my mental challenges. However, it is more physically demanding than I’d like, but, I planted the fruit trees, so I have no excuse … Read the rest

Why I “Shut Up and Write”

I’m sitting with a group of strangers in a local church that has offered this Shut Up and Write Meet Up space to write.

We are all here to work on whatever it is we are writing. Some are writing novels, short stories, blogs, school papers and lots of stuff I don’t know about. And, of course, it doesn’t matter because the beauty of this type of group is that … Read the rest

The Writer’s Quandary: We Are All in The Same Proverbial Boat

A writer is a writer is a writer, no matter what genre we practice. We all suffer the ups and downs with creativity, inspiration, and despair.
I say this with all confidence, although some may argue that literary fiction writers are different than those who are journalists, nonfiction authors, and freelancers.

Rubbish. We all have our great moments of inspiration or times when we can’t find the right word to … Read the rest

5 ways how a freelance writer can make your business grow

Guest post by Susan Day

Many people believe they can write their own articles and website content. They don’t see the point of hiring a freelance writer because it is something they can do themselves.

And they can, but just because they know how to write doesn’t mean they should create all their own content. Writing content is a specialized skill that can have visitors coming back to your site … Read the rest

To Niche or not to Niche – One Freelancers Journey

As I embarked on the journey of a career as a full time freelance writer, I was not sure I should choose a niche as there are compelling reasons for both options. So, I thought I would share my background and information for each path. Like many other freelancers, we share this dilemma and sometimes we never really settle on an answer. Every assignment is different and can leak over … Read the rest

Dictating a Book? Tips for Editing the First Draft by Corina Koch MacLeod

Originally published at The Book Designer.

Edited by Carla Douglas

Dictation has become a popular method for laying down a first draft. Barbara Cartland and Voltaire did it, James Patterson and Dan Brown are doing it, and popular self-publishing author Joanna Penn is determined to try it. In fact, Cindy Grigg (The Productive Author’s Guide to Dictation) and Monica Leonelle (Dictate Your Book) have written books on the subject so … Read the rest

The Dangers of Distracted Writing

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There is danger in distracted writing.

In my ideal world, when I’m working on a writing assignment, I picture myself at my desk drumming away on my computer. My head is down, eyes focused on the screen and every thought is directed to the subject matter of my story.

Unfortunately, that is not my reality. To be honest, before I designed a distraction-free process, I would … Read the rest

The Modern Rules of Home Workplace Organization

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 Guest post by Emily Johnson, freelance writer

Working from home is not only much more time-consuming than working from an office but labor-intensive as well. As a freelancer, you might have a great number of tasks daily: communication with clients, self-development, different types of assignments, emailing, finding business partners, and building your authority online. All in all, you need to stay productive, even though it’s nearly … Read the rest