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Professional Copywriting Reinvigorated My Theater Critic Career! By Amelia Forsbrook

Professional Copywriting Reinvigorated My Theater Critic Career! By Amelia Forsbrook

Defining myself as a specialist writer, I refused to take on work other than criticism for the simple reason that I saw diversity as a threat to my status as a professional. I saw extra work as a crack in my armour, and feared that others within my industry would see me as less of a critic for each step I took towards becoming a jack of all trades writer.…

How I Generate Four Streams of Income from My Writing! By Keesha Metcalfe

How I Generate Four Streams of Income from My Writing! By Keesha Metcalfe

About three years ago, I officially launched my freelance writing career after I lost my job as a manager at a financial institution. You can imagine how devastated I was when I lost my job since I had no other steady source of income at the time and I had children in school and bills to pay. However, I had been doing some freelance writing on the side for awhile, and was able to earn a good supplemental income. …

How I Made Money Writing Poker Player Profiles…for a Decade! By Jennifer Newell

How I Made Money Writing Poker Player Profiles…for a Decade! By Jennifer Newell

Since I was a young girl, I knew writing was my strength and one thing at which I truly excelled. However, a lack of knowledge of the realm of possibilities for a writer in today's world as well as some tumultuous teenage years and beyond threw me off of any solid path in that direction.…

Succeed as a Full-Time Freelancer with The Three-Legged Stool Approach! By Troy Lambert

Succeed as a Full-Time Freelancer with The Three-Legged Stool Approach! By Troy Lambert

When I was fourteen, I determined I wanted to grow up and write for a living. School counselors laughed so, as a high school senior, I enrolled at Arizona State University majoring in aeronautical engineering. I dropped out of school, went back several times, and after a series of jobs and ìcareersî that resulted in an extensive collection of hairnets and nametags, I finally got serious about being a writer, and figured out the first obstacle to working at home full time: Money.…

Freelancing The Baby Boomer Market By Steven King

Freelancing The Baby Boomer Market By Steven King

It may seem ironic but one of the reasons I left my self-imposed retirement from freelance writing is due to the number of people who are entering into retirement age.…

I Flunked Math But I Earned $3K Writing About Economics! By Marcie Rendon

I Flunked Math But I Earned $3K Writing About Economics! By Marcie Rendon

We are often told as writers to write what we know. If you are going to make a living as a writer, it sometimes requires writing what you don't know, what you don't like, or what you find difficult. I make money by rarely saying no to a writing assignment or request.…

How A Trip To The Mall Launched My Writing Career By Steven King

How A Trip To The Mall Launched My Writing Career By Steven King

Most people would have been panicking about flying home or begging for their old job back but, rather than get all worked up, I decided to take a trip to the nearby shopping mall with hopes that a change in scenery would brighten my outlook...…

A Positive Problem! Too Much Writing Work! by Jane Thomas

A Positive Problem! Too Much Writing Work! by Jane Thomas

I remember looking out at the white mist so thick I couldn't see a tree ten yards away, and morosely contemplating the fact that this was not quite what I'd had in mind when I decided to move to Africa. Swaziland, it turns out, gets remarkably cold in the winter ...…

How Walking Filled My Mind with Creative, Lucrative Images! By Julie Guirgis

How Walking Filled My Mind with Creative, Lucrative Images! By Julie Guirgis

One day, I was sitting at my desk, in front of a blank computer screen, trying to convince a creative thought to leap from my vacant mind, to my willing fingers, and onto the page. After much strain and effort, nothing was happening. The only thing I could do was walk away, which I what did.…

Write What You Love By Jayne Thurber-Smith

Write What You Love By Jayne Thurber-Smith

Fifteen years ago, I picked up The Sports News, a new monthly wrap-up on sports activities in our Niagara Falls community, at the grocery store. Having been raised in a household with five active brothers, I am a sports fanatic. As I sat down with a coffee to read up on the different events, I noticed an ad stating the magazine was in need of a sports writer.…

I Don’t Despise My Humble Beginnings as a Writer by Julie Guirgis

I Don’t Despise My Humble Beginnings as a Writer by Julie Guirgis

At the beginning of my writing career, armed with a few publication credits, I convinced myself that it was the right time to take on higher paid publications. I eagerly scanned through magazine markets willing to pay top dollar. My eyes lit up whenever I came across listings that paid high rates ...…

How I Landed a Newspaper Column That Ran for 15 Years! by Linda Harris Sittig

How I Landed a Newspaper Column That Ran for 15 Years! by Linda Harris Sittig

I launched my freelance career by becoming a weekly newspaper columnist. My plan was to review the newest and best of children’s literature and feature accompanying tips for parents, teachers, and grandparents on how to instill the love of reading in children. As a ten-year teaching veteran, I wanted my column to provide our community with exposure to great books for children ...…

From Microsoft Layoff to Successful Freelance Career! by Sabrina Zackery

From Microsoft Layoff to Successful Freelance Career! by Sabrina Zackery

Writing has been in my blood from the day my Honors English teacher gave me an A- on my final paper. Up until that moment, I thought I was going to fail the class, never graduate, and my mother would have my head. I did graduate and went on my merry way, living a life full of twists and turns. Subsequently, I wound up putting my writing career on the back burner. When my position at Microsoft was off-shored in 2008 ...…

How to Track Your Writing Milestones for Future Inspiration! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

How to Track Your Writing Milestones for Future Inspiration! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

It's important for freelance writers to have cheering sections - supportive parents, spouses, children, friends or fellow writers. But, it's even more important for a freelancer to be his or her own biggest cheerleader. Doubts, stumbling blocks, and perceived failures abound in a writer's life so the ability to bolster one's spirits and get on with the work at hand is paramount to long-term success.…

How My Writing Led to a TV Appearance! By Monica A. Andermann

Diversify, diversify, diversify! Anyone with an investment portfolio knows this is wise advice. Don't put all your eggs in one basket, we are told. A good idea for investors perhaps, yet does this sage counsel apply to writers as well? In my experience, the answer is 'not necessarily.'…