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The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make

The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Wondering how much you can earn as a freelance writer? There is data out there on freelance income, but here's something even more accurate...
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Some honest insight about how much freelance writers make. From one of my favourite online writers, Carole Tice. 

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Increasing our Writing Productivity

Increasing our Writing Productivity | Online Writing | Scoop.it


"And yes, today we are going to talk about productivity.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Productivity is never an accident."

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Some very encouraging words from Bill Holland, on being productive. And he definitely practices what he preaches! 

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Personal Writing: 7 Reasons You Should Consider Publishing Personal Stories

Personal Writing: 7 Reasons You Should Consider Publishing Personal Stories | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Personal writing might sometimes feel too private to publish—but documenting your low points can rocket your byline to the top.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, August 23, 2013 2:04 PM

Critics often pan them, but first-person essays will always have a strong audience because they reassure us we are OK in spite of our missteps.

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Sometimes those personal stories we record privately in our journals can turn into stories for the whole world to read. This article encourages writers to share personal stories -- because people still like to read them. 

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The Real Life World of a Freelance Writer, and Tips To Keep You Sane

The Real Life World of a Freelance Writer, and Tips To Keep You Sane | Online Writing | Scoop.it
There are no short cuts to success in freelance writing, but there are things you can do to make your journey easier. Check out these suggestions.
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Super encouraging article from a fomer teacher turned writer who is now teaching us how to freelance write! 

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This Changes Everything: Social Signals, Your Website, and Google+

This Changes Everything: Social Signals, Your Website, and Google+ | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Following a series of experiments I've made a few discoveries about sharing links on Google+ that changes everything about how I now share.

Via Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.com
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Share links on Google Plus, using a large image, and you will get more shares, this author says. 

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Athena Goodlight's comment, August 21, 2013 8:43 PM
Thank you. Google is truly gaining ground in the social network communities.
Chris Agro's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:20 AM

A way to drive more traffic to your site via Google+ and social. Truly exciting.

Chris Agro's comment, August 22, 2013 8:22 AM
Love it! Thanks for sharing your research.
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How To Reuse Your Content Marketing - Heidi Cohen

How To Reuse Your Content Marketing - Heidi Cohen | Online Writing | Scoop.it
To maximize your content marketing reach while limiting resource investment, repurpose or reuse content to create multiple pieces from each effort.
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The idea of repurposing, or recycling your ideas is not new, but this blog post gives some excellent tips on how to do it, that may be new to you. This article is especially nice, because it interviews top people in the industry, and has ideas from several indiviiduals. 

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How to Write the In-Depth Articles that Google Loves | Copyblogger

How to Write the In-Depth Articles that Google Loves | Copyblogger | Online Writing | Scoop.it
When you claim your content through Google's Authorship Markup, anything you write online — whether on your site or someone else's — can be connected to your global author profile. Also, the benefits you get from the rich ...
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Very interesting article from CopyBlogger that introduces the new feature from Google that features "in-depth content" in the Google search results. Apparently, 10% of searchers are looking for in-depth articles, and this is encouraging for those of us who like to write long articles. 

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7 Important Rules for Freelancers

7 Important Rules for Freelancers | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Some full time workers might think freelancing life could be much better. Well, yes and no. Yes is because you will have more time to do you own stuff, you're self-employed and basically you are your own boss.

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Life is a side effect

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Quit Your Job and Become a Freelance Writer Instead

Quit Your Job and Become a Freelance Writer Instead | Online Writing | Scoop.it
If you want to become a freelance writer you can. You don’t have to wait around for anybody to give you a break.

 

Become a freelance writer by carving out your own path

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An engaging post from this online writer who is encouraging everyone who wants to become a fulltime freelance writer, to just go ahead and do it. Great website! 

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» The Top 5 Online Writing Companies

» The Top 5 Online Writing Companies | Online Writing | Scoop.it
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This is a review of five writing sites where you can write for money, all for decent pay. Most of these, I had never heard of. The site, Scripted, sounds like an excellent place to make money as a freelance writer. 

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When People Read Websites And Why It Matters

When People Read Websites And Why It Matters | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, people do read websites--sometimes. And what they read can give you important insights into your own site.

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I Was Paid $12.50 An Hour To Write This Story

I Was Paid $12.50 An Hour To Write This Story | Online Writing | Scoop.it
I didn't know what I would get paid to write this article. I didn't ask. It doesn't matter. It won't make a tangible dent in paying the rent on my apartment in
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A very eye-opening piece about how extremely difficult it is to make a living as an online writer, mainly because of the economics of it. 

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Language Use Is Simpler than Previously Thought

Language Use Is Simpler than Previously Thought | Online Writing | Scoop.it

"Language system deals with words by grouping them into little clumps that are then associated with meaning."

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Wow ... fascinating research into how language relates to sequence ... connection between language and math. 

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Todd Hansen's comment, July 7, 2013 7:36 PM
This article is from cornell university bu references a study done in europe which emphasizes the clumping of words as a reference point for how language is learned. This is reported to be distinctive of a phrase system of syntax acquisition. The research is referenced at the end of the article.
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10 Entry-Level Writing Gigs That Give You Great Clips

10 Entry-Level Writing Gigs That Give You Great Clips | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Wondering where to get started in freelance writing? Here are ten short, simple writing assignments that get you in the door.
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Some creative ideas for getting some clips for your writing portfolio ... from writing for a non-profit organization to reviewing a movie. 

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How to Tell if an Online Publication Pays Well

How to Tell if an Online Publication Pays Well | Online Writing | Scoop.it
A few months ago, I discovered the Tumblr blog Who Pays Writers?. It’s a fantastic anonymous resource that offers the inside scoop on pay rates at dozens of publications including Glamour, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Parents.com.
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Great resource that gives tips for finding online sites that pay their writers well. This is great, because low-paying sites are not hard to find! 

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First Step to a Writing Business

First Step to a Writing Business | Online Writing | Scoop.it

So you’re a writer and you want to make something of it. You’re not just a hobbyist. You want more. Perhaps even to live on your writing. I can’t promise y


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To make it as an online writer, you just have to take it seriously. It is a real job, and you have to treat it that way. Good advice! 

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Writing With Randomness

Writing With Randomness | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Welcome back and Happy Thursday! I love this time of year; the days are noticeably shorter and there is a slight chill in the air in the evening, and quite frankly I find it much easier to write wh...
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From Bill Holland, encourager of writers extraordinaire! How writing is often a discovery process. Great stuff! 

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A New “Breed” of Bloggers Make a Social Marketing Impact

A New “Breed” of Bloggers Make a Social Marketing Impact | Online Writing | Scoop.it

We all know the marketing power Mom Bloggers have in promoting brands and influencing consumers.

 

However, flying under the marketing radar are Pet Bloggers who are just now making an impact with marketers whose major focus should be the health and welfare of our pets. 


Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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For any of us who write about our pets online, it is nice to know that people are looking for online writers who know about pets, and make informed recommendations. 

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Tips For Writing Movie Reviews On Your Website | 1stAngel Arts Magazine

Tips For Writing Movie Reviews On Your Website | 1stAngel Arts Magazine | Online Writing | Scoop.it

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Writing movie reviews is a definite art. This article has easy, concise instructions for how to write a movie review. 

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Stop Writing Blog Posts: Ideas for Interactive Content

Stop Writing Blog Posts: Ideas for Interactive Content | Online Writing | Scoop.it
If you’re like me in the kitchen, sometimes you want to add a little North African flavor to dinner.

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Some great alternatives for your blog or website: make a chart, a timeline, or a map feature, instead of just writing content only. 

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Level343's curator insight, August 6, 2013 4:35 PM

Awesome tools and apps here...

 

Beyond Blog Posts

 

This stuff isn’t new, and there are many more libraries, toolkits, and applications at our disposal. If you’re a designer or a developer, I’m sorry; you must be bored to tears by now. It’s marketers who need to stop writing top ten lists and start creating truly interesting, useful content.

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Hard advice on mistakes we writers make in our work. I know I am guilty of some of these. 

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You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself

You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself | Online Writing | Scoop.it
You love writing, the process of developing a story idea, fleshing out the characters, “drawing” the setting with your words and crafting the best story that was ever written. Dreams of top awards dance in your head – hold on right there.

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some warm encouraging advice for getting past those writer's block blues ... with quotes from Hemingway.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:53 PM

 

Whoa, horsey. Before you start envisioning the writing awards that are going to grace your mantle, start at the beginning. If you have chosen "writing" as your profession of choice, then be a "writer," and write! The more you write, the more prolific you become. That should be a given--unless you are meant to be in some other profession. 

 

In any type of business, the company will usually send you to classes to learn different aspects of your job and improve your skills. When I worked for a major computer company, I had to stay over in Chicago for two entire weeks to learn about all the ins and outs of computer hardware. Yawn. Not my strong suit, to be sure, but it was important to my career, nonetheless.

 

Find ways to improve your craft. My Kindle is currently full of "how to" books on creating characters, plotting or writing faster. I just read a fantastic book called "2K-10K," where the author kept meticulous records of when and how many words she wrote, and came up with a simple, but profound method for increasing her output. It opened my eyes.

 

Another easy tip? I just interviewed an award-winning children's author who found a method that worked for her to zoom her writing along. Whenever she hit a snag, and wasn't sure what to write, she filled it up with XXXXXXX's and came back to fill in later. Ingenius!

 

Find your own writing shortcuts, implement them, and those awards will be gracing your mantle before you know it.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://authormingle.com/writing-tips-and-techniques/youre-a-writer-make-it-easy-on-yourself/

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Writing: Is It a Hobby or a Job? | WritersDigest.com

Writing: Is It a Hobby or a Job? | WritersDigest.com | Online Writing | Scoop.it
The question many writers often face when asking themselves about their writing is: Is it a hobby or job? Let's explore and see if we can put an end to the debate.

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Five Common Writing Mistakes that Bloggers Make and How to Fix Them

Five Common Writing Mistakes that Bloggers Make and How to Fix Them | Online Writing | Scoop.it

Bloggers should take note on call to action, writing style, free writing, jargon, & wordiness for better writing.

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Very good advice for how bloggers can do better at their blogging ... 

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