How to Get Inspired to Write NOW

Calvin and Hobbes

Want to get inspired to write? That’s easy. Write. Inspiration comes when you’re writing:

Like Chuck Close (“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”), Isabel Allende (“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”), E. B. White (“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”)

Write a word. Then another one.

You prime the writing pump with words.

Sooner or later, inspiration will find you, and the words will flow. Try it.


Writing Career: 11 Easy Writing Tips

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Want to make money writing? These tips will help, whether you’re a seasoned writer, or a complete beginner…

Write stuff people want, and for which they’ll pay TODAY

It’s a thrill to write something, and get dollars in your PayPal account quickly.

A couple of months back, I wrote a series of blog posts on making $500 a day from your writing.

If you read those posts, you’ll see that people pay for many different kinds of writing. Make a list of what YOU could write, for which people pay.

Read the rest of the article here.


Want to Write, But HATE Writing?


Snoopy’s had a hard writing day…

It’s becoming a busy week; we’re feeling a little like Snoopy… Discover what we’ve been talking about…

Can you become a writer even if you hate writing? Of course you can. Chances are that you dislike writing because you’re nervous. Staring at a blank computer screen is intimidating.

“Creative anxiety” is real. Entire books are written about it. I suffered from it for years. Many writers do. In my first few years as a romance novelist I went through agonies every day. My hands shook so much that I had trouble rolling paper into my typewriter.

Of course, that wasn’t the worst of it. I avoided writing when I could. I procrastinated: weeks went by when I convinced myself that I had “writer’s block.”

It took me years to realize that it’s OK to feel nervous. And that I could write anyway, even if I hated it. If you refuse to bolt, and commit to sitting at your computer, you’ll be surprised that within ten minutes you’ll become engrossed with what you’re writing. Your nerves have faded.

Yes — if you can force yourself to sit and write, your nervousness will fade.

Let’s look at some simple tips which will help you if you hate writing. You can use these tips to write anything from an novel to a small advertisement.

Read the rest on the freelance writing blog.

Writing Kindle Ebooks? Here’s Why They Aren’t Selling

If they can’t be found, they can’t be read. You’ll love this solution.

Ebooks: Proofread to Avoid One-Star Reviews

Want to avoid one-star reviews on the Amazon Kindle and other ebook platforms?

Start by making sure that your content is as clean as possible. Yes, you can get one-star reviews from readers who are annoyed that authors (or their representatives) published messy ebooks.

Write, and Sell: The Process

If you’re a professional writer of any kind, you need to both WRITE and PROMOTE. The emphasis is on both. Usually, I need to convince writers to promote, but recently I’ve been working with several ebook writers who’ve hit the promotion trail too hard.

Yes, promotion is important. However WRITING — creating new ebooks — is more important. Write first. This week’s offering will help. If you’re not leaping out of bed early in the morning, eager to get to your computer, you need a process. Write first… 😉

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Can You Still Write Articles For The Web?


New writers want to start off writing simple material. For many years, that’s meant writing Web articles. I had a couple of questions this week: can you still make money writing these articles?

These days businesses need web content for their websites. They also need content to draw traffic. One of the most popular ways to do this is by using content to market their site. “Content marketing” has become hugely popular, because it’s cost-effective. An online article can stay online and attract traffic for years. Advertising on the other hand, stops drawing traffic when the advertising stops. Moreover, online advertising has become expensive.

Yes, you can. The article will get you started. If you want to make a career of Web writing, SYWON (Sell Your Writing Online Now) helps you to do that.

SEO and Writing: This Week’s Theme

SEO Strategy

Sell your Web content creation services to clients.

This week on the Fab Freelance Writing Blog, our theme is writing, and search engine optimization (SEO.)

We kicked off with an article on selling your services to clients:

If your clients have websites, they’ve been affected by the ongoing Google updates. This provides a HUGE opportunity for you, the competent freelance writer.

Your clients need you, and they need you to be up to speed on search engine optimization (SEO.) Although you don’t need to be an SEO wizard (that would be impossible, because SEO requires advanced Web engineering skills at the highest levels), it’s essential that you understand how today’s increasingly complex content and search landscape affects writing for the Web.

In this article, we’ll look at five easily-understandable points you can make to your clients to sell them on your SEO-enhanced content creation services. It’s an easy sell.

Watch for more on Web writing and SEO on the blog, and in our weekly writing tips ezine.

Flipboard, Springpad, Evernote, and more

On the Creativity Factory, I wrote about:

* Using Evernote’s shared notebooks if you hate paperwork (but love your business);

* Flipboard – an iPad news app  which lets you create magazines, and share them with others. I’m creating one for this blog, and I’ll post the link soon;

* Springpad: a cross between Evernote and Pinterest. Springpad’s created a fascinating way of sharing notebooks with others: embedding them into websites.


Top 10 Fun Ways to Increase Your Writing Income

Want to increase your writing income? Here’s a little slide deck to give you some easy and fun ideas.

You’ll find an article with more on these fun ideas on my freelance writing blog.

Enjoy, and do tell me if you’ve developed your own fun and easy ways to make money from your writing.

Want to Get Paid $2 a Word For Your Writing?

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You’re the star of your life story

This week, our theme on the freelance writing blog is personal writing — writing essays and books based on your personal experiences.

This can be extremely lucrative in a couple of ways. Not only can you sell material based on your life stories, you can also help others to share their stories, as a ghostwriter.

I’ve just posted this article to the blog, “Writing to Sell: Sell Your Experiences In Easy Personal Essays”:

You can write an essay about anything, and if your essay or book based on personal experiences strikes a nerve, you’ll make money. The book which first convinced me of this was Betty MacDonald’s “The Egg and I”. Published in 1945, this blockbuster about the struggles of a chicken farmer sold a million copies in a year; an enormous number of books for its time.
Are personal essays profitable? Consider that in 2013, O, The Oprah Magazine, pays $2 a word for personal essays, and other writing.

In conjunction with our theme, I’ve responded to many requests for the Memories Coaching Workshop.

The “Memories” Coaching Workshop Has Become Self-Guided

I’ve been receiving a stream of requests about our original “Memories” coaching workshop. At almost $600, this workshop is out of the reach of many writers. Of course I understand that, so I’ve created a self-guided version: a workbook, with accompanying videos.

If you’re interested in writing about your own experiences, for $2 a word or more modest amounts, it will help you to get started.

Watch for more articles on writing from personal experience on the freelance writing blog this week.

On another front, Google is killing the RSS reader, Google Reader …

If You’re An Online Publisher, Is It Time to Worry?

On the Creativity Factory, I’ve written about the sunsetting of Google Reader several times. Reader sends traffic to blogs. Sadly the death of Reader may lead to the death of some blogs.

photo credit: Mr. Carls via photopin cc

… and writers, learn to design…

Brilliant article on AListApart, Designers, Learn to Write!

My advice, if you’re a writer, learn design. Unless you’re writing for a major company which has its own designers, you can’t write adequately for the Web unless you know HOW a site is put together.

The easiest way to discover the hows and whys is to learn to do it yourself. Yes, it takes time, and yes, you shouldn’t have to, your brilliant words are enough, but — learn anyway. You may just find that when you learn how it’s all put together, you can write more effectively.

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