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Great Writing Gets the Gig — 4 Tips for Crafting Killer Sentences

Great Writing Gets the Gig -- 4 Tips for Crafting Killer Sentences

Want editors to trust you?

Well, you could flash your portfolio of published blue-chip writing their way.

Don’t have that? Show them great writing, from one concise, interesting sentence to the next.

I’ve been doing that for a decade, since a producer from Macmillan Publishers asked me for help debugging their e-books. They soon asked me to write their website copy. They were the first of many editors who trusted me — all because I learned the craft of writing well. That edge has paid off for me and others — and it’ll pay off for you.

Wondering how to craft sentences that make editors sit up and say “yes”? These four tips will make it happen:

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What to Do When Your Writing Sucks

Freelance writer worries her writing sucks

We all know what it feels like to read brilliant writing. It draws you in, awakens your emotions and leaves you feeling alive with personal revelations. Most of all, it changes you for the better.

So what happens when you read your own writing, and it doesn’t quite rise to that level?

Some writers will say, “I know I can do better.”

But too many will say, “This isn’t good enough, and never will be. I should just give up.”

This is the moment when self-criticism becomes unhealthy and debilitating to your career. Your writing is going nowhere because it can’t get past your toughest critic — you.

As a writer and new blogger, I’ve been there. I know negative thought patterns will always creep their way into my consciousness and threaten to shut me down. In order for my career to survive, I’ve developed a few techniques to help turn my harsh self-criticism into constructive learning and growth:

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5 Super-Easy Ways Freelance Writers Can Stand Out

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the competition out there for freelance writers? I recently got an email from a writer who told me she was frantic to find a niche where she could somehow be noticed despite all the

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How to Stop the Psychodramas and Get Your Writing Done

“My freelance writing business is in trouble,” Julia told me this week. “It’s because I get depression, and when I’m depressed, I can’t write.” This is a big problem, and I think all writers get something similar to Julia’s problem

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4 Reasons Why Grammar Police Make Terrible Writers

by Linda Formichelli 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

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Why I Won’t Say Whether Your Writing Is Any Good

Have you wondered if your writing is good enough to earn a living from? Many writers have emailed me asking this question. They’d like my evaluation of whether they’ve got what it takes. They want to know what books they

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