Writing exercises are a great way to both increase your skill as a writer and to generate new ideas for future work. These are some general exercises to help you work on different aspects of writing.
If you want to have a career as a freelance writer, you need to view it as a business. Freelance writing involves making sales. Being a salesperson means risking rejection. There will always be better writers than you, and there will always be writers who are worse than you but make more money. Concentrate on […]
By Gwyneth Box Many people decide that they are going to work from home when they go freelance. This is especially tempting when the work involved is something that requires little office infrastructure, such as freelance writing or computer design. It’s easy to think that a spare bedroom can be converted into a studio and […]
By John Hewitt Some writers know exactly what they want to say. They merely have to start typing and passion flows from them. This doesn’t necessarily mean they write well, but they don’t sit around wondering what to write about. Most writers, however, need a little prodding. Sometimes they have great ideas, and sometimes they […]
By Susan K. Perry, Ph.D. Some of us hate deadlines of any kind: they feel like pressure. Others can’t get a thing done without that pressure. What’s going on here? I interviewed 76 really topnotch novelists and poets when I was working on my book Writing in Flow. One of the most inspiring things I […]
Recently I have started to take an interest in semiotics. Semiotics is a fairly obscure branch of study that falls somewhere between linguistics, sociology and anthropology. It is, in essence, the study of signs and symbols. It is such a broad field that it can encompass a literal sign, a literary analogy, the way food […]
Know the Publication’s Guidelines The easiest way to find out what a publication wants is to let them tell you. Many publications post their writer’s guidelines on their web site. If you can’t find the guidelines on the web, contact one of the editors and ask for them to email or snail mail you the […]