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48 Best Apps and Tools to Improve Your Freelance Writing Life

Improve Your Writing Life with These Apps & Tools. Makelivingwriting.com

If you’re looking for a way to make your writing life easier, I hear ya.

It’s not easy to grow a freelance writing career while homeschooling eight kids, but organization and efficiency make it possible.

I’m always on the lookout for time-saving tools and apps to improve my writing life.

I’ve downloaded and tried many apps or tools only to be disappointed. Sound familiar?

Some take way too long to figure out. If it’s not user-friendly or intuitive, I’m not sticking around. Other apps might be easy to use, but over-promise and under-deliver, and that’s always disappointing.

Ever wondered if an app or tool could actually help improve your writing life?

Let me save you some time.

After much trial and error, I’ve put together a list of 48 of the very best apps and tools to help you with just about every aspect of your writing life.

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4 Reasons Freelance Writers Shouldn’t Be Grammar Police

Why Grammar Police Make Terrible Writers. Makelivingwriting.com

Note: Are you part of the grammar police? Or do you despise well-meaning writers who can’t overlook an errant punctuation mark or typo? In this post, originally written by Linda Formichelli, she serves up four in-your-face reasons grammar police make terrible freelance writers. Enjoy! —Carol.

The other day I received this email in response to a marketing message I sent out to my subscription list:

Basic grammar forbids the use of double negatives, “…using the wrong
set of skills for the wrong job”. An authority on writing must master
the rules of writing before they can be taken seriously.

(I so wanted to let this guy know that “the wrong skills for the wrong job” is hardly a double negative, and that some of the greatest writers of all times used double negatives for emphasis — Shakespeare, anyone? But I took my own advice and hit Delete.)

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Sponsored Content Scandal: How Bloggers Lie and Break the Law

Sponsored Content Scandal: This Can Ruin Your Writing Career. Makelivingwriting.com

When you read a blog, do you think the blogger is focused on delivering useful information to help you? They may not be. I’ve recently become aware that the world of sponsored content — a/k/a native advertising or sponsored blog posts — has gotten a lot shadier.

To sum up, some bloggers are lying to you about their relationships with sponsors. Worse, they don’t see a thing wrong with it.

Today, I’m ripping the lid off the growing problem. It’s secret collusion between some link-seeking companies and unethical bloggers to deceive their readers and pass off paid promotions as their unbiased recommendation.

When I started looking into this, I could hardly believe it was real. But it’s a growing problem that threatens the reputations and livelihoods of every freelance writer who works online.

Here’s how this scam works:

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Q&A: Pajamas, Dog Poop and Being a Productive Writer

Q&A with Rachel Toor on Pajamas, Poop, and Being a Productive Writer. Makelivingwriting.com

Ever wonder what it takes to be a productive writer? It’s not always as glamorous of a gig as you might think.

Even the most productive writers have days of self-loathing.

Sometimes it can take hours to write a single paragraph.

And when it’s really bad, some get on with a writing assignment by first rolling around on the floor crying, says Rachel Toor, a creative writing professor and author of six books.

It’s all part of the package of being a productive writer. Learn to manage your time. Roll with the ups and downs. And you’ll be just fine.

Rachel was a recent guest on the Freelance Writers Den podcast where she talked about:

  • Her love affair with deadlines
  • How to balance writing with a day job
  • Why chasing perfection isn’t always a good thing
  • And other things, like pajamas, dog poop, and libations

Want to learn how to be a productive writer? Check out this Q&A with Rachel Toor.

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Geek Out Over These 15 Paying Markets for Technology Writing

Paid Technology Writing Gigs for Computer-Savvy Freelancers. Makelivingwriting.com

If you’re a computer-savvy freelancer, you can cash in on those skills by landing technology writing gigs.

Do you geek out over new software and devices?

Are you following the latest trends in information technology, computer hardware, Internet security, web design, or programming?

Can you master a software program in a weekend, and teach others how to use it?

If you can write about things like how to build a website in WordPress, use PhotoShop, or explain technical topics like using Windows or Linux operating systems, you can tap into a niche with plenty of earning potential.

Looking for your first gig in this niche, or want to land more work?

Check out this list of 15 paying markets for technology writing. You’ll find pay rates starting at $60 for shorter pieces to $500 for 2,500-word assignments.

Ready to get started? Go ahead, geek out over this list, and start pitching:

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5 Steps Older Workers Can Use to Launch a Freelance Writing Career

How to launch your freelance writing career when you're older. Makelivingwriting.comThink you’re too old to launch a freelance writing career? Think again.

Have you been working a day job for decades? Are you an empty nester with a few gray hairs? You might think you’re too old to go freelance, but you’re not.

You can do this. Believe me. I know what it’s like to launch a freelance writing career when you’re older.

For more than 30 years, I worked in banking and law, and did a lot of writing. I dabbled with freelancing to make extra money, and thought it might be my path to retirement.

But that all changed when my employer went out of business.

Not quite old enough for Social Security, I wasn’t interested in starting over in another office. But I still needed an income, and I wanted more time and more freedom to enjoy life.

Want to know how I made the move to full-time freelancing…at my age?

These five steps helped me launch my freelance writing career:

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