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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… Read More »8 Things You Need to Know About Succeeding as a Freelance Writer

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How to Use Speech Recognition Software – 5 Tips for Writers

Speech recognition software is one of the best ways to become a more productive and successful writer; these writing tips will get the most from this tool. This post was dictated using Dragon Naturally Speaking, and was contributed by guest writer Sharon Hurley Hall. She is… Read More »How to Use Speech Recognition Software – 5 Tips for Writers

Nonprofit Writing – How to Write a Donation Letter to Raise Money

Nonprofit writing – such as writing a donation letter to raise money for a nonprofit organization – is different than writing business letters, newsletters, or reports. These tips for writing donation letters are from my experience fundraising for a hospital in Vancouver, BC.

Before my tips, a quip:

“When you catch an adjective, kill it,” wrote Mark Twain in a letter to D. W. Bowser in 1880. “No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them – then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.”

Twain’s writing tips apply to all genres and types of writing. Use plain, simple language — short words, brief sentences. And, make sure you edit your piece at least seven times (unless it’s a blog post, which is more informal and thus less subject to scrutiny).

To learn about nonprofit writing and promotion that goes beyond writing, read The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change — it’ll teach you how to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc to fundraise effectively.

And, here are several tips for writing donation letters for nonprofits…Read More »Nonprofit Writing – How to Write a Donation Letter to Raise Money

Should I Quit My Job to Work as a Writer for Hire?

The $1,000,000 question: “Should I quit my job to work as a writer for hire?” Here are a few tips to help you figure out if you’re ready to work as a freelancer full-time.

For me, the biggest sign that I didn’t want to continue working as a freelancer was that I quickly wearied of pitching new article ideas to editors. I don’t regret quitting my day job to work as a writer for hire because the experience was invaluable — and it led to my current occupation as a  professional blogger (which I love love love). But freelancing full-time isn’t for me.

The lesson is thus: if you quit your job to support yourself as a writer, remember to stay open to wherever your journey leads! Maybe you’ll freelance for years; maybe you’ll unexpectedly land a permanent writing job. And, use the tips below to help you make a good decision about the timing in your writing career…

Before the tips, a quip:

“Successful home-based writers are self-starters who don’t hit the snooze alarm of life,” writes Terri Lonier in The Portable Writer’s Conference: Your Guide to Getting Published. “Abandon the notion of waiting to be inspired to be productive. Most seasoned freelance writers understand that finished work comes from putting fingers to keyboard and keester to chair on a regular basis.”

Fellow scribes, that’s your first hint: if you need to wait for the muse before you can write, then it’s probably too soon to quit your day job. But, you can learn to fire up the muse whenever you want – not when it’s ready for you. Use books like My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire to stay and informed. And, keep reading blogs like “Quips and Tips for Successful Writers” to stay motivated. 🙂

Okay, here are a few tips for aspiring freelance writers…Read More »Should I Quit My Job to Work as a Writer for Hire?