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How to Improve Your Writing Skills: Take Your Writing from Good to Great

Soooo… you’ve been writing for a while. Maybe you seriously got into writing fiction a year ago; maybe you’ve been a freelance writer for three or four years now. Maybe you started writing a book and it didn’t go anywhere.  You know you want to improve your writing, but you don’t know HOW. What do you need to do to take your writing to the next level?...

12 Places to Find Online Transcription Jobs, Plus How Much Each Company Pays

I love typing, but I have zero creative writing ability. ZERO. I’ve blogged before, but it usually means sitting for hours at my computer with a few clumsy sentences written and no ideas for how to proceed.  When I got pregnant with my first child, I wanted to take something I knew I was really good at — typing, grammar and punctuation — and turn...

Working With a Designer? Here’s How to Structure Your Copy in Google Docs

Writing is not always a solo act. When you work in the sphere of digital marketing, writers often work closely with designers to bring websites, pamphlets, ebooks and graphics to life.  The most skilled writers within digital marketing must enter every project with design in mind. That means carefully structuring your copy, considering how text will...

How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? 4 Authors Share Their Numbers

You want to self-publish your book, but budgeting for the process is more challenging than it looks. The numbers you hear from experts regarding the costs of self-publishing are all over the board. Do authors really manage to release quality books without paying for professional editing, design, marketing and other services? Or will you have to dig...

How I Used Google Calendar to Double My Earnings as a Freelance Writer

After a five-year stint as an employee, I went full-time as a freelance writer in January 2020. I’d been laid off from a short-lived job in December, so I scurried to find work and took any assignments I was offered. I made enough to make a living in the first few months, but it was well below the salary I’d made as an employee. After two months of...

When to Use Parentheses (Hint: Sparingly) and How to Use Them Correctly

Parentheses, like the em dash and ellipses, is a piece of punctuation that’s often overused in writing. In some instances, parentheses can be useful, but more often than not, they’re unnecessary and may even act as a distraction, weakening your writing. In this guide to parentheses, we explain what parentheses are, the difference...

5 Quick Proofreading Tips That Have Massive Payoffs

Have you ever been afraid of editors thinking you haven’t proofread your piece, even when you definitely have? Do you re-read your posts ad nauseam, only to still feel a sense of dread when sending your draft? Yeah, proofreading isn’t fun. Writing comes with a creative payoff. Editing gives you an authority edge. But proofreading? It’s tedious,...

The Second-Person Point of View: Give Your Story a New Perspective

You’re not someone who cares about tradition in your fiction, are you? You’re willing to explore. You’re striving for meaning, and you want interesting experiences. Well, that’s the second-person point of view (POV) for you: nontraditional, explorative, meaningful and interesting. It also sounds a bit like an ad for an exaggerated travel agent...

This 4-Week Freelance Writing Course Teaches You How to Multiply Your Income and Avoid Low-Paying Gigs

Most freelance writers share the same major goal — to make more money. The reality is many freelancers are seriously struggling to make a go of running their own business. They have a hard time finding quality clients, and as a result, they end up turning to content mills (like Textbroker and Writer Access), gig sites (think Fiverr), or even low quality...

10 Google Docs Hacks That Make Writing More Seamless

I’ll just come out and say it: As a professional writer, editor and content manager, I can’t work — no, I can’t live — without Google Docs. If you too are a fan, you get it. If not, here’s the quick elevator pitch: Google Docs makes writing, sharing and collaborating easy. It’s also free, and you can access your work anywhere (even without internet...

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