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How to Write a Synopsis for Your Book: A Guide for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

If you plan to publish a work of fiction or non-fiction, writing a synopsis that summarizes the scope of your manuscript is inevitable. Consider the typical submission process: First you write a query letter to agents or editors, and hopefully someone requests sample chapters along with a synopsis. Usually only after this step will authors be asked...

What Should I Write About? A Simple Way to Answer That Question

In the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient story from India on how to live with purpose, one character tells his struggling counterpart: You don’t know what to choose because you don’t know your True Self. Oof. Ouch. As both a yogi and a writer, I don’t think there’s one sentence more appropriate — or more cutting — that captures why so many writers struggle...

Recession-Proof Your Freelance Writing: How to Earn During COVID-19 and Other Tumultuous Times

Check out Carol Tice’s new e-book The Recession-Proof Freelancer: A 12-Point Plan for Thriving in Hard Times. Feeling nervous about what’s happened to freelancing during COVID-19? If so, you’re not alone. But you can recession-proof your freelance writing career and continue to earn — if you know what steps to take. For me, the past few months have...

22 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essay

Writing is a solitary act, but the importance of sharing your work can’t be overlooked. A personal essay can endear you to an audience, bring attention to an issue or simply provide comfort to a reader who’s “been there.” Journalists might find it difficult to steer away from research rituals to talk about themselves, but think of it this way: “Writing...

Get Paid to Write Articles: 17 Magazines That Pay $500 or More

As a freelance writer, it can be a struggle to find high-quality paying work. It often seems like the only options available are $5-per-article scams and work from content mills, which can seem like good opportunities — until you check your bank account balance and realize it’ll take ages before your hard work adds up into real earnings. While finding...

5 Reasons Your Freelance Writing Clients Don’t Pay on Time

Do you remember how excited you were when you got your first client as a freelance writer? There’s nothing like it. The adrenaline that pumps through your body as you realize you just convinced someone to actually pay you to do something you love. It’s a dream. Unfortunately, for many freelance writers, it’s a dream that doesn’t last long when getting...

Where to Submit Short Stories: 30 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work

Before you submit your work, run it through a grammar checker! Here are several grammar checkers to choose from. Trying to find a sense of community comes with the territory of being a writer. Whether you’re looking for the right writing contests or residencies, it’s hard to know where to begin and how to find the right home for your personal work. ...

Is an MFA in Creative Writing Worthwhile? 7 Writers Weigh In

Many writers wonder if pursuing an Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing is worthwhile. Maybe you’re even wondering: What is an MFA? For some writers, it could mean finally workshopping a manuscript in an academic setting, networking with faculty and staff or just kickstarting the manuscript in the first place. Others say it’s not worth the money...

33 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year

There’s a ton of advice out there about how to carve out moments in your day to create time to write: wake up an hour early, write in 10-minute intervals to get something down, write during your lunch break at work; the list seems endless.  In between juggling work and home life, writers are left to daydream about spending time in a quiet colony or...

8 Styles of Music to Help You Focus While You Write

Regardless of what makes you tick, we all seem to be universally moved by one thing: music. We use our favorite songs to get pumped up for competition, stay motivated through a workout and drown our sorrows after a breakup. It’s no surprise we turn to music for inspiration when we’re ready to get creative, too. “I wrote my first book while listening...

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