qualities of freelance writers


6 Most Common Personality Traits of Successful Writers 14

According to Stephen King, it’s not talent that makes a writer successful. Here are the most common personality traits of writers who get published – and who even make a living from their writing. “Success seems like kind of a fluke to me. It’s not based on merit, since not everyone has the same opportunities. For me, it was just […]

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How to Start Freelance Writing at 40 – and Make Money 2

These tips on how to start a freelance writing career at 40 are screaming to get out of me! Why? Because I’m taking this epic Artist’s Way writing course, and the facilitator told us it’s never too late to start writing. Even at 40, or at 50, or 60. That was the good news. Yes, it’s awesome to know about […]

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How to Find the Courage to Write 2

Successful writers know how to find the courage to write – especially when they’re scared! These tips are inspired by William Faulkner’s famous writing quip about killing your darlings, and by The Parable of the Mountain Climber. I’m not saying you’ll find courage to write if you steal from other writers – but from Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told […]

How to Find Courage to Write

How to Become a Photojournalist 2

These five tips for becoming a photojournalist (or a travel writer, truth be told) are inspired by the parable of the Tiger and Strawberries, and based on an article called “10 Tips for Selling Your Travel Writing.” There is no way any article can teach you everything you need to know about how to become a photojournalist. I recommend Photojournalism: […]

How to Become a Photojournalist

5 Ways to Become a Freelance Writer Who Gets Repeat Work 1

Here are five tips on how to become a freelance writer who keeps getting work from editors of print and online magazines. One thing I didn’t realize when I first started freelancing was that good writers don’t have to keep pitching articles. Editors need a stable good writers, and when they find a writer who is smart, professional, and easy to work […]

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10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers 2

My writing has easily paid my bills since 2008, yet I still struggle with my identity as a writer. Here’s my struggle – plus 10 reasons I feel like I’m not succeeding as a writer. Methinks they might apply to you, too. If you’re paying your bills – but not by writing – read The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to […]

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5 Travel Writing Tips for Writers 7

These travel writing tips are for writers who can’t write description – like me! I travel all the time, and indeed am currently on vacation in Waikiki, but I wouldn’t call myself a “travel writer.” These tips are for writers who travel and want to sell articles about their trips, but don’t wish to describe where they’ve been and what […]

Travel Writing Tips