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Bullshit Freelance Writing Advice (Why Writers Believe It & What You Really Need to Know)

Especially after this past year, I am left with precisely zero bullshit tolerance. That goes double when you spew nonsense advice in the direction of new freelance writers. They hear so much garbage, half-assed advice it’s a small miracle some of them survive even a year in business. So bring your BS my way, and I’ll leave you shoveling shit while I set you straight. What if … read more

Reader Question: How Can Freelance Writers Sell Poetry & Fiction?

The type of freelance writing most often discussed here is business writing — anything from copywriting to freelance blogging. But there are paying markets for just about any type of writing you can think of — including creative writing like poetry and fiction. That’s what Daniel Cowick wanted to talk about when he submitted this question on freelance writing markets: I write poetry, prose, lyrics, … read more

Reader Question: Will Being a Weekend Warrior Turn Off Freelance Writing Clients?

If you’re still toying with the idea of starting a freelance writing career, but you can’t work normal business hours, this one’s for you. Christian Simmons wanted to start freelancing, but with only weekends free for freelance writing work, they had concerns. Here’s Christian’s situation: How can I have a freelance writing business when the weekends are all I’ve got to write and see clients? … read more

Weekend Reading: 10 Posts on Getting Started in Freelance Writing

Starting this week, I’m bringing back the Friday “weekend reading” post series. These will include 5-10 links to articles I recommend reading, all focused around a specific theme. Normally those will be off-site resources. But to kick things off, at the start of each month, I’ll share resources from the All Freelance Writing archives around our monthly theme. This month’s theme is “Getting Started & … read more

Review of Peter Bowerman’s Well-Fed Craft

Review of Peter Bowerman’s Well-Fed Craft: The Fast Track to Marketing-Writing Mastery by Jennifer Mattern | Updated June 19, 2020 | Freelance Writing, Writers’ Resources June 2020 Update Peter Bowerman has generously offered to provide a bonus 30-minute one-on-one coaching session to any of you who sign up for his Well-Fed Craft course through All Freelance Writing (not a limited time offer; you can get … read more

Why Don’t Some Writers Take Time Off? (And Why You Should)

In all the years I’ve worked with fellow writers, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard colleagues just like you say you struggle with the lack of paid sick time and paid vacations you’d get from an employer. We’ve talked about this here before, but I want to remind you once more that, yes, we do get those things too. Our vacation time, … read more

Feeling Stuck in a Freelance Writing Rut? Stop Making Stupid Choices.

“Everything is a choice.” That’s what I told a fellow writer yesterday when he said he’d been feeling a bit stuck. More specifically, he said he felt like he had an “inability” to write recently. I pointed out it wasn’t an inability so much as an unwillingness to do what had to be done. Those stagnant moments weren’t a result of him being incapable of doing the work. He’s one … read more

Modeling Your Freelance Writing Career for Ongoing Motivation

Sitting in front of you is a large block of clay. You’re taking a sculpting course at a local studio. You’ve already learned the basics. You have the skills you need to create something all your own. And that’s what your instructor wants you to do. What do you do? Do you wait for someone to tell you what to create? No. Do you look … read more

Reader Question: Freelance Writing Niches and No Experience

For new freelance writers, choosing a niche can seem like a daunting task. You want to try a bit of everything and see what sticks. Or perhaps you don’t feel like you have enough experience to specialize at all right away. Yet you’ve heard there’s more money in freelance writing when you hone in on a niche. What’s a new freelancer to do? That’s what … read more