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One Writer’s Fear-Busting Journey to $1,500 a Month in Blogging Gigs

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As a new mom trying to juggle a toddler and run a household, I blamed the busyness of life for my lackluster freelance writing success.

But that was a total cop-out.

Fear was the true culprit. It stifled my creativity, filling my head with “what ifs” the way only a failure mentality can.

I’d like to say I faced those fears strategically, or that I faced them head-on. But in my case, it was more of a happy accident. But that accident netted me $1,500 a month in new blogging gigs. Here’s how:

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A Short Prayer for Freelance Writers

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I’m just back from a religious retreat where we were encouraged to compose our own prayers.

Reading all the inspiring and uplifting thoughts our group came up with made me think there should be a prayer for freelance writers.

Shouldn’t there be? I’ve never seen one!

Of course, it’s easier to do this sort of thing while you’re still at a relaxing camp with others in a group to help you.

Doing this on my own, I found it was hard to keep it short! There are so many aspects to the freelance writing life in which we might ask for divine help.

Here’s what I came up with:

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How I Got Over My Author Complex and Became a “Real” Writer

By Janine Sobeck I have built a career around the creation and telling of stories, but never felt like a writer. My story? I’m a dramaturg. If you don’t know, that means I help playwrights develop their ideas, characters, and

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How I Became a Productive Freelance Writer — After Failing in Year One

By Kim Jansen When I graduated from college, I knew a 9-to-5 position was not for me. I had dreams of becoming a happy, productive freelance writer — working at my own pace, toting my laptop to my favorite coffee

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Stop Doing This Now to Explode Your Freelance Writing Income

Today I’ve got a question: How’s your freelance marketing going? Not so good? I talk to a lot of writers who, when you press them, finally admit they’re not doing any marketing at all. What’s happening is, writers go to

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Your 7 Favorite Posts About Freelance Writing — So Far

Hey, writers! Looking for a little summertime inspiration to get your freelance writing in gear? Well, I noticed that my January roundup of the most popular posts of 2013 was the most popular post I’ve done here on the blog

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