Freelance Writing


6 Essential Personality Traits That Make Writers Succeed

According to Stephen King, it’s not talent that makes a writer successful. Talent is cheaper than table salt! These “writers’ personality traits” are essential for success in the writing world. If you’re an aspiring writer – or even a published author who wants to stay in the game – you need to make your personality […]

Personality Traits of Authors and Working Writers

How Not to Ruin Your Writing Career With Reader's Digest

How Not to Ruin Your Writing Career With Reader’s Digest

These four practical tips on how to start writing articles for Reader’s Digest are based on my humbling experience with my column pitch. I’d just started my freelance writing career when I got my first assignment with Reader’s Digest.  Yay! I wrote an article about going green on Valentine’s Day – and it went so […]


11 Popular Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish

Here are the 11 most popular types of articles in magazines – both online and print publications. I also included descriptions of roundups, personality profiles, research shorts, human interest, and “how to” articles. If you’re an aspiring freelance writer, this list of the different types of magazine articles will help you write big, bold, and beautiful. And […]

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How to Start a Writing Group

7 Tips for Starting a Writers’ Group – Writing Alone, Together

Of course you should start a writer’s group – what are you waiting for?! A writers’ group can increase your productivity, inspire you to write more, and motivate you to send your writing to literary agents, magazine editors, and book publishers. When I mentioned my writing group on Twitter, and received several “I wish I […]


8 Things You Need to Know About Succeeding as a Freelance Writer

Yes, you can earn more than $5 per article as a writer for magazines and online websites! And yes, you can succeed in the field of freelance writing. These practical tips will help you nudge your dreams closer to reality. My inspiration for this article came from a reader who asked a question about article writing for beginner […]

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How to Decide if You Should Go to School to Become a Writer

How to Decide if You Should Go to School to Become a Writer

Do you need an English Literature, journalism, or writing degree if you want to become a writer? It depends. These tips for deciding if you should go to school, college, or university to learn how to write in a formal setting, as well as a few tips about what type of writer’s education you should pursue. […]


7 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference

These tips for a successful writer’s conference will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a roundup of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. First, though, here’s what one writer said: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author […]

7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think. It’s a classic writer’s conundrum: you can’t sell your articles to magazine editors because you haven’t been published yet, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold any articles yet! I get it. I’ve […]


How to Write a Good Ending to Your Article or Essay

Some writers believe ending well is more important than starting strong. These five tips on how to end an article, essay, or chapter will help you find the right way to say “The End” without coming out and saying…ahem…The End. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end,” writes Paulo Coelho in The […]

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how to find online writing jobs esl writers

Before You Search for Online Writing Jobs – Help for ESL Writers

These tips on how to find online writing jobs are specifically for English as a Second Language (ESL) writers. I wrote this article for a reader who asked if she could write a guest post for my blog… “Hi, I am really proud to have visited your website,” says PS on How to Write a Query […]


How to Write a Query Letter and Get Your Article Published

How do you get an article published in a magazine? By learning how to write a query letter to a magazine editor, of course! That’s your first step – because without an excellent pitch, you’ll never sell your articles. Here’s what one beginning freelance magazine writer says: “I have a brilliant idea for an article, […]

How to Write a Query Letter to a Magazine

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How to Get Good Story Ideas for Ezines and Print Magazines

Yes, you can be 100% sure that your pitches will pique the editor’s interest! Here’s how to get good story ideas to write for ezines, popular blogs, online journals, and even print magazines. “This is a great article on creative ways to find story ideas for articles, but I have two more tips to add,” says Joan […]