If you want to be a successful freelance writer of any type, you will have to learn to deal with deadlines. Deadlines mean that sometimes you write no matter what else is going on. It means you have to be able to access creativity in stressful times.

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Life happens, though, right? Certainly, publishers will understand that something came up, someone is sick, you are overbooked, your kid is having trouble in school, or you are experiencing a bit of anxiety or depression that is getting the way of words. If you are lucky, you have an editor that is willing to work with you, but that doesn’t mean the book, article or other item can remain in stasis.

At some point, you have to buckle down and write. For those times when stress is hampering your concentration and life keeps getting in the way, here are some tips to access your creativity. Continue Reading…

Thousands of experienced and wannabe novelists sign up every year to participate in National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, they push through to create 50,000 words of new fiction each. For those unversed in the art of novel writing, it is pretty difficult to write fiction faster than 50,000 in 30 days!

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November is not the only time a freelance writer needs the ability to write fast. In fact, many online copy writers must keep up a faster writing pace on a regular basis. To make a full-time salary, a freelance writer may need to churn out between 10,000 and 50,000 words of product descriptions, blog articles, and web copy per week.

In order to keep up such a pace without burning out, a successful freelancer must perfect a few tips to write faster. Whether you are working on a novel, trying to make it in online copy-writing, or writing expert articles for magazines, here are seven professional tips for writing faster. Continue Reading…

According to a 2012 study conducted by Adobe, people are struggling to develop creativity. Only a quarter of respondents felt that they were living up to creative potential and the majority of people felt education and work were stifling creative efforts rather than enhancing them.  With this grim outlook, how can a writer hope to unleash creativity?

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Here are six easy ways you can break the production cycle associated with the modern work place and boost your creativity for writing or problem solving. Continue Reading…

Do you have the tools you need to be successful as a freelance writer?

Although there are some basic tools every freelance writer needs, people often spend time worrying about the things they would like to have. When I first started as a full-time freelancer, I spent a lot of time shopping for a perfect desk, chair and fun accessories. Years later, I realize that I write at my desk less than 20 percent of the time.

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Although a comfortable place to right is necessary and it can be fun and helpful to have some of the latest gadgets, here are the 5 most basic tools every freelance writer needs. Continue Reading…

When asked about where his ideas for a fiction book or story come from, award winning science fiction author Orson Scott Card says that ideas come from everywhere. He says, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.

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So, how do you become one of those people who see the ideas? Here are six ways to come up with great ideas for a fiction book. Continue Reading…

We’ve learned a number of things from the Harry Potter series, from how to cast a Patronus charm to a lesson about how fear of something can actually feed its power. Did you know, however, that an in depth reading of J.K. Rowling’s popular series can teach some valuable writing lessons?

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Here are five tips for writers that can be gleamed from the seven books. Continue Reading…

When I say writing rituals, do you think of candles, chalk lines and chants in the middle of the night? No need to worry if you are not into mysticism or meditation. Writing rituals for freelance writers are simply actions that help get the words flowing.

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If you want to be a better or more prolific writer, check out these four actions that can boost productivity and help you finish your latest project. Continue Reading…

Ten percent of bloggers make enough money to pay bills and live comfortably. About two percent make over $150,000 a year while blogging from around the world. Whether you aspire to a professional blogging career or just want to improve your productivity, there are a number of writing tools that can help.

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Scrivener, Evernote and Dropbox are three writing tools that have been designed for writers on the go. These tools can help increase productivity, keep you organized and enhance your writing skills. Continue Reading…

Writer’s block does not exist.

It is the ghost of anxiety, confusion, stress and emotions. Since ghosts don’t exist, you don’t have to worry about writer’s block, right?

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If you call yourself a writer, you probably have a bone to pick with that statement. Sure, it exists. Writers deal with the frustration on a regular basis and there are hundreds of books available on the subject.

The truth is that you have the power to banish writer’s block. Continue Reading…

According to Psychology Today, procrastinators are liars.

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With at least 95 percent of the population procrastinating some of the time, that makes it quite likely that I just called you a liar. Don’t get offended. Read on to find out what Psychology Today meant and also how to stop procrastinating and increase productivity. Continue Reading…