How Do I Become a Freelance Writer | Be a Pro

How Do I Become a Freelance Writer?

  If you’ve always dreamed of seeing your name in lights, or at least a byline in a magazine, but have no idea where to begin, this post is for you. Some folks just start writing stories and sending them to editors, hoping for a bite. But that is putting the cart before the horse. […]

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3 New Year Planning Tips for Freelance Writers

  If you’ve read this blog for a little while, you know that I am a planner addict. I have lived my life making lists and taking notes on little slips of paper. I’ve used planners, notebooks, 3×5 cards, Post-It notes, you name it, to organize my thoughts. I’ve tried digital and analog tools. I […]

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5 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Freelance Writing Business

  I recently attended a training event for a direct sales company I represent in my very spare time. My upline was speaking about growing your business and he said, “You know how some folks sign up, tell their friends about the product, they try it and love it and tell their friends, and the next thing […]

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The Time Management Myth–Busted

    When it comes to productivity, there is one myth that needs busting—the idea that you can manage your time. Everyone is given the same number of hours in a day—24. Oh, we all wish for more but that ain’t gonna happen. So, folks think they need to manage the hours in their days […]

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Where to Find Story Ideas | Be a Pro Writer

Where to Find Story Ideas

  If you have been a freelance writer for any length of time, you know that your power lies in your ability to generate ideas. When you have no ideas to pitch to editors, you have no stories to write and, therefore, no money coming in. In the last ten years, I have found story ideas in […]

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Planning for Writers | Be a Pro Writer

Planning for Writers — Why, What, and Methods

    This week I conducted a workshop for my local writers group on planning for writers. Since it went so well, I thought I’d share my top points with you here. I have always been a planner. In fact, I used to spend the greater part of my shopping hours in November-December looking for […]

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Make Technology Your Friend | Be a Pro Writer

Make Technology Your Friend

  I started my freelance career without an internet connection. And yet when I started getting assignments, and running back and forth to the library to use its internet became a hassle, I embraced learning my way around. I designed and set up my own blog. I taught myself to transfer that blog from Blogger […]

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Batch Writing | Be a Pro Writer

Batch Writing

I write different kinds of things for various clients. I write magazine articles. Some short, some long features. I write blog posts, my own and for other blogs. And I write emails. I also edit and proofread–magazine copy, websites and blog posts. In addition to writing and editing, I have email to answer–from several accounts. […]

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Have You Met Trello | Be a Pro Writer

Have You Met Trello?

Have you met Trello? O.M.G. I LOVE Trello. Trello is my new organizational tool. It is the only digital organizational tool I have stuck with using. You see, I’m really a paper and pencil kinda gal and the digital things like Evernote are great at first. Then, I just can’t see enough. I can’t touch […]

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How to Find Files w/o Cleaning Off Your Desk | Be a Pro Writer

How to Find Files without Cleaning off Your Desk

If you are a creative person, your desk is a mess. That’s a given. I’m not about to tell you how to keep it organized, because that would mess with the right side of your brain and kill the flow of those creative juices. But what I will tell you is how to find folders […]

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