As writers, how do we tackle ‘writing the other’? Clue: asking this question is missing the point.

One of my most fave podcasts is . 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, , was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. …


All ‘narrative modes’ means is the different ways of telling a story. They’re the techniques for presenting your world, characters, themes & ideas.

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.

The five narrative modes (ways of telling a story) are:

1.) Dialogue — talking and that.

2.) Description — showing how objects, settings and characters look, smell, feel, sound and. . . taste.

3.) Action — characters doing…


Want to know how to reel readers in and keep them hooked? Be specific.

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:


Twitter is a simple marketing tool, right?

Photo by Werner van Greuning on Unsplash

Sure.

Twitter a simple marketing tool every freelancer can use to get the word out about their biz. 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:

The best time to post on Twitter is…

Finding the best time to post is so important for Twitter, where messages are lost in a matter of minutes. …


Do social media right — or not at all.

Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

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…


How to blog your way to more writing work.

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

Imagine a world where writing clients come toyou and ask to work for . 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. …


How to do it and what to include to attract clients.

Photo by Jesus Kiteque on Unsplash

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.

Renting vs. buying

If…


Seeing 2020

And how having one helps you earn more money as a writer

Photo by Chase Clark on Unsplash

You don’t 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 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.

To niche or not to niche?

The main benefit of having a freelance writing niche is thatyou’ll come to be seen…


How to change your mindset so you can quit your day job and be a freelance writer instead.

Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

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…


Save time and sky-rocket the quality of your blog posts.

Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash

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 perfect title that came to me just before I fell asleep?

Why didn’t I write it ?

I write using the pen and notepad I keep next to my computer keyboard.

Kirsty Boden-Stuart

Creating freedom & freeing up creativity. Tips on freelance writing here: freelancewritersonline.com | Tips on creative writing here: www.kirstybodenstuart.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store