One of my most fave podcasts is In Writing with Hattie Crisell. It’s jam-packed with interviews with successful writers spilling their guts on where, how, why and when they write. I’ve spent many a lunchtime walk with my proverbial nose up against that podcast studio window, devouring the details of various writers’ journeys to writerdom.
I recently listened to Crisell’s conversation with Brandon Taylor, a novelist from an illiterate family whose book, Real Life, was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. …
I learnt about narrative modes pretty much on day one of my two-year creative writing course. All ‘narrative modes’ means is the different ways of telling a story. They’re the techniques — the building blocks, if you like — for presenting your world, characters, themes and ideas.
Whether you’re writing a 90k-word novel or a 100-word flash fiction piece, your story will most typically be woven into existence using five key elements.
1.) Dialogue — talking and that.
2.) Description — showing how objects, settings and characters look, smell, feel, sound and. . . taste.
3.) Action — characters doing…
Being specific in your creative writing makes your story, theme, characters, setting, and everything else more credible.
Whether you’re writing a full-length novel or a short poem, if you’re specific with details, you’ll hook the reader in — and keep them hooked.
Don’t just take my word for it. Apparently everyone’s in agreement:
‘If those who have studied the art of writing are in accord on any one point, it is this: the surest way to arouse and hold the attention of the reader is by being specific, definite and concrete. …
Twitter is a simple marketing tool every freelancer can use to get the word out about their biz. But you need to know how to use it — i.e. what to post and when to post — to avoid simply shouting into a void.
If marketing your freelance services on social media is up to your street, you might want to check out the Facebook version of this post too:
Finding the best time to post is so important for Twitter, where messages are lost in a matter of minutes. …
You can use a Facebook page to market your freelance services by reeling in people already primed to hear what you have to say. You need a bit of a strategy here though because Facebook is basically ‘pay to play’ these days, meaning most of your posts won’t get seen by the people who follow your page… unless you hand Mark Zuckerberg money for ads.
There are so many pages vying for people’s attention on Facebook — and building a following takes a bit of work — but it’ll be worth the effort when you start to get leads for…
Imagine a world where writing clients come to you and ask you to work for them. No more cold pitching. No more bidding for writing gigs on Upwork. No more waking in the middle of the night wondering where your next writing project is going to come from. (Oh, just me then?)
If you’re into this ‘writing for a living’ thing for the long-game, you’ll need to find a way to get writing clients to come to you. Creating a blogging strategy can help you do that. …
If you want to write online, you have to be online. I know, groundbreaking stuff isn’t it?
You can absolutely build a reputation as an online writer without a website. But sooner or later you’ll need to take the next step and create a writer’s website for clients to view your portfolio, learn your niche, read testimonials and contact you.
You can pay for this, or go with a free option. Either way, we need to look at how your virtual home can be set up to maximize the potential of the right clients hiring you upon discovering it.
You don’t have to find your freelance writing niche to be a successful online writer but it helps bring in the big money. So if your aim is to earn more money from your writing in 2020, let’s assess your skills, experience, and interests to discover the niche that’s right for you.
Remember, there is plenty of work for freelance writers looking to make a living online. It’s just that most people don’t have a strategy so never make enough money to support themselves.
The main benefit of having a freelance writing niche is that you’ll come to be seen…
I write a lot about how to become a freelance writer and make a living online. Most of what I write about is super practical — like this guide on how to write SEO-friendly content.
I’m doing you a disservice though by failing to write about one of the most important aspects of becoming a freelance writer. The one thing you aren’t being told is that before you earn your first dollar — before you even write a single word — you need to get into the right mindset.
I’m going to explain what that mindset is and how you…
I get up early. I’m writing a blog post. I’ll write many blog posts today but this one is special — worth getting up early for.
The clocks have gone back and it’s dark outside. I make coffee, switch on the computer, and sit down to write.
I try to remember the incredible idea I had yesterday. And what was that completely perfect title that came to me just before I fell asleep?
Why didn’t I write it down?
‘Keep pen and notepad next to bed’ I write using the pen and notepad I keep next to my computer keyboard.