I'm planning the content for the site over the next few months. Please help by taking part in the poll.
Many thanks. :-)
I'm currently working my way through all eleven Horatio Hornblower books (again) and am enjoying them thoroughly.
Stockwin's latest book is out soon, so that's another must-order.
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Here's a roundup of some of the articles on my writing blogs you may have missed:
It's hard to believe, but next month this blog will be three years old. Three years of writing information ... amazing. I've been sorting through some of the material, and I've found some good stuff.
Over the next few weeks I'll be posting links to older posts, adding information, or just pointing them out to you.
From October 2004, some posts on why you should write more. I'm constantly nagging my writing students to write more, so here's a couple of posts to beat that particular drum:
Advice from one of my favorite writers, Terry Pratchett. Writers write. Funnily enough, it doesn't matter what you write. Writing begets writing. So if you're befuddled about your writing career, just write. All will be revealed. :-)
In 2007, blogging is mainstream. Many more writers are blogging, and you should too. Read my ebook Writing Success With Blogs to get started blogging. My "blogging" blog gives you the tools you need to turn blogging into career.
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I'm writing about hooking and credits in this week's Fab Freelance Writing Ezine. It's out tomorrow, so if you're curious, subscribe.
I've been publishing the ezine in PDF format for a few weeks - easier to read and to print - and subscribers love it. You receive the download link and can collect the PDF at your leisure.
With great writing credits, your writing income goes up
Credits are vital to a freelance writer. Once you work your way up the ladder of credits, YOU set your rates. And, since you're making great money per word, you can pick and choose the projects you take on. Once you have the credits, you'll find that you're more than happy to decline projects - you'll only got a limited amount of time to write each day, and the best paying projects deserve that time.
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I've had a great response to the article "Get Motivated To Write – Eliminate Procrastination, Have Fun And Become A Better Writer" a few issues ago in Fab Freelance Writing Ezine.
"Thanks - I never considered that I might be pushing too hard..."
"This is just what I needed to hear..."
"I love the step by step..."
I'm pleased it's helping you; thanks for the kind words. :-)
If you missed that issue, you can download an easy-to-read PDF of it here.
Subscribe to receive a download link of Fab Freelance Writing Ezine's latest issue in PDF. It's packed with great new exclusive content to help you to build a profitable freelance writing career.
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This is a fun way to get inspired to journal. It will start you thinking in new ways. It can even help you to (finally) start your novel.
Choose a novel (or any other book, for that matter) which you haven't read, and copy the opening sentence.
Now journal for 250 words, carrying on from that opening sentence.
Make sure that you date this journal entry, AND put the opening sentence into quotation marks, AND write a brief note about where you copied the opening sentence from. Two or three years from now, you may come across this journal entry and copy it into a current piece of writing, inadvertently including the opening sentence.
Writers' opening sentences usually come to them as complete inspiration, often after a novel is complete, so these sentences are evocative, and lead to juicy journal entries.
Have fun. :-)
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I'm currently writing a How to make money writing for the Web series on my Fab Web Writer blog - subscribe to that blog if you want to follow the series.
Today's post is "HOW TO MAKE MONEY WRITING FOR THE WEB 5: OUT-SOURCING SITES".
I've had a couple of questions this week about writers' Web sites. Actually the questions weren't about writers' Web sites per se, they were whines about the tiny pay at "article" sites online.
I asked the writers why they didn't have a Web site, because that would eliminate the "for exposure/ credit" reasons they had for writing for these sites.
You can make money from your words
You can get your own exposure by developing your own site - you don't need to write for others who will make money from your words, you can make money from your words yourself (see my PLR ebook) when you know how to create Web sites.
Over at my Web writing blog I've got some posts about writers' Web sites, but let's look at a couple of EASY ways you can create a small site:
* Google Page Creator - free, and easy
* Blogger - free, yes it's a blogging app, but blogs are EASY Web sites for beginners.
If you want to push the boat out, you can read my ebook "Super-Fast Money-Making Web Sites For Writers: Join The Web-Publishing Bonanza", it shows you how to create sites with free applications and make money from them too. There's a great bonus. If you're a visual person, as I am, you can watch my NVU videos.
So please, if you're writing for "exposure", stop it right now. You can expose yourself on your own Web sites. :-)
Places are great sources of inspiration, and a place doesn't have to be spectacular in order for you to be inspired by it.
As you go through your daily routine, develop a habit of observation. Not only of people, but of places too. Becoming observant is valuable for both fiction and nonfiction. Observation will inspire you to create memorable settings, and will help you to ground your nonfiction.
The difference between writing which sells, and writing which doesn't, is often credibility. If you're a keen observer of places, your writing will be credible. Consider Stephen King. While there are many horror writers, King is a bestseller because of his sense of observation. You feel as if the people and places in his novels are real.
Today, for each place you visit - whether it's your office, a coffee shop, the video store - take note of one salient detail. "Take note" means write it down!
Once you get into the habit of noting just one salient detail of place, your writing will improve, and you'll be effortlessly inspired.
Read the "Top 70 Writing Tips To Help You To Write More" for many more ways to become inspired.
Earlier tips in this Writing Inspiration series
1. Words, word, words
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I've been asked "Where did the copywriting information go?" :-)
Mostly future copywriting posts will be on my Seven Days To Easy Money Copywriting Blog.
However, there's lots of good copywriting information here already, so here's a roundup of material:
It's easier than you think: there's so much work out there that most new copywriters build up a thriving practice within three months.
It happens. Don't let their problems become your problems. :-)
Blogging works for everyone, especially copywriters. Here's another tip - your "copywriting" blog doesn't have to be about copywriting. Make the topic of your blog news and information for the market segment you want to attract; essentially, blog about anything, and advertise your copywriting services on the blog. ALL businesses need copywriters.
Your copywriting business is built on referrals, so always be prepared to ask for them.
I know several copywriters who just write presentations. Since most executives hate developing presentations, this is an excellent niche for any copywriter.
New to copywriting? Build a successful copywriting practice fast with "Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success, new 2007 edition". My ebook-course has been helping copywriters for five years - and it comes with coaching, so it's a bargain.
I had a chat with a writing friend a couple of days ago. He's got several projects he's working on.
I asked him what had happened with the book he was writing when I saw him last. Had he sent out the proposal? He said he was "doing more research".
He's a fine writer, but he has a real challenge with sticking to a project until it's DONE.
From my email, I know that many writers face the same challenge.
Just pick one project and get it out the door
If you never seem to finish anything, put yourself on a writing-diet today.
In the writing diet, you write one project, and only one, and you're not allowed to do anything else writing-related until that project is done and out the door.
Being strict with yourself works, because you can get into a habit of working on multiple projects, and NEVER finishing any of them. This cheats you of growth as a writer, and of satisfaction too.
This week's issue of Fab Freelance Writing Ezine ... Write your way to six-figure income success has a blogging theme.
I get lots of questions about blogging and blogging gigs for writers every week, so I'm reprinting an article I ran in the ezine in 2006 "Blogs And Blogging – The High-Paying New Market For Freelance Writers", updated with links for 2007.
If you're wondering about blogging, read this week's issue. It's out in PDF on Wednesday; the link is sent to subscribers. Enjoy.
If you want to get up to speed on blogging for income, read my ebook Blogging For Dollars: How to become a career blogger -- in your PJs, if you want.
If you're feeling uninspired, people watching can get your ideas flowing again.
Take yourself to: a mall, a railway station, or a cafe, or anywhere there are lots of people, for an hour of dedicated people watching.
Write capsule descriptions of people. Your description consists of just a sentence - "woman, 40s, jeans, brown shoulder-length hair" - to help you to recall the person. Plus, write one identifying feature of each person. For example, "shifting weight on white stilettos - feet hurt?" or "fresh from hairdresser, hair extensions".
People watching works whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction; it sharpens your powers of observation. If you're stuck on a piece of writing, you will be amazed that you'll also get ideas on how to proceed with it. People watching is always inspiring.
Try it. Tell us how people watching works for you in the comments to this post.
Want to make some money writing in your spare time?
The Monster List of Freelancing Job Sites offers you exactly what it says.
Many of the jobs offered involve writing for the Web.
You can get up to speed on Web writing with my ebook of the same name, Writing For The Web.
It's a complete primer on highly-paid writing gigs, and even includes templates.
Write on. Web writing is booming. :-)