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Writer’s Block? Use This Arsenal of Freelance Weapons to Fight Back

The Freelance Arsenal to Fight Writer's Block. Makealivingwriting.comYou’re face to face in a showdown with your worst nightmare…Writer’s Block.

Do you turn and run, wave your white flag, and eat ice cream for the rest of the day?

Or do you stand up to Writer’s Block and wage a war to get back on track, meet your deadlines, and make money writing?

If you’re not prepared for a surprise attack from Writer’s Block, you may fall victim to its most deadly weapon for freelance writers…fear.

Writer’s Block wants to intimidate you, distract you, stress you out enough that you never actually do any writing.

And that’s kind of a HUGE problem if you’re a freelance writer.

If you want to make a living writing, you’re bound to cross paths with Writer’s Block. But it doesn’t have to be a roadblock that holds you back for days, weeks, months or years.

Want to know how to beat Writer’s Block?

Use this arsenal of tools for freelance writers to fight back.

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Need a Vacation? Escape-Planning Tips for Freelance Writers

Vacation Planning for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comAre you one of those freelance writers hustling every day to meet your deadlines, write great copy, and keep your clients happy?

That’s a good thing…unless you never take a break.

If you had a day job, you’d probably get at least two weeks of paid vacation a year. You know, you put in a request for your days off, catch a plane to Hawaii, and leave work behind.

But it’s not quite that simple for freelance writers. You’re the boss. You’re running your own business. You have client deadlines, marketing, administrative stuff to take care of.

If you’re always hustling just trying to keep up, you might think you don’t have time for a vacation. But that’s just ridiculous.

One of the perks freelance writers should enjoy is being in control of your own schedule.

If you don’t take time to relax, chill out, and recharge, it’s going to take a toll on your productivity, creative mojo, and happiness.

Need a vacation? Check out these tips from freelance writers to create your own escape plan.

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Writing Jobs From Hell Contest: Share Your Worst Client Horror Stories

Writing Jobs From Hell Contest. Makealivingwriting.comEver had one of those writing jobs that made you want to vomit, smash something with a hammer, or scream profanities into a pillow?

It happens. Just about every freelance writer has at least one horror story to tell about terrible clients, deranged editors, ever-changing demands, slave-labor wages, or maybe even no payment at all.

What’s one of your worst writing jobs?

If your blood pressure is on the rise just thinking about it, hopefully you learned a thing or two from the experience. You know what I mean: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

If you do your part to find great clients, you’re a lot less likely to work with the kind of crazy-making clients that give you nightmares months after you severed ties and swore off working for them ever again.

But before you cut up that worst-writing-job assignment into tiny little pieces, douse it in gasoline, and laugh maniacally as it burns to ashes, we want to hear about it.

Share your worst client horror story for a chance to win. Here’s what you need to know about the “writing jobs from hell” contest:

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Checking Online Ads? Here’s How to Get More Writing Jobs

Online Job Ads: The 30-Day Challenge to Get More Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comDo you frantically scan the online writer job ads each week — or worse, each day? If you’re applying to lots of these writing jobs, you’ve probably discovered a painful truth.

It’s rare to ever hear back, much less get hired off an online job ad on any popular, public job board.

I don’t care if you’re viewing an Upwork dashboard, scanning Craigslist, the ProBlogger board, or any other online set of job listings that are free to view and can be seen by thousands (upon thousands!) of writers.

I hear complaints about this from writers all the time. Things like:

“I often see ads for something near my expertise, but rarely hear a peep after I apply.”

If this is you, here’s a bulletin: If you spend so much time applying for online job ads that you ‘often see’ certain types of listings, that’s a red flag.

You’re putting too much of your marketing time into the least-productive method for getting well-paid writing jobs.

Now, I’m no job-ad snob — I used to check them three times a week, like clockwork. That is, until an analysis of my marketing results proved to me that writer job ads aren’t the road to great-paying clients.

How can you get more writing jobs, for better pay? Here are three big tips for dealing with online writer job ads:

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You Hungry? The Double-Your-Income Diet for Freelance Writers

Double-Your-Income Diet for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comEver wonder how some freelance writers move up, earn more, and even pass the six-figure income mark?

It’s a lot like watching late-night infomercials wondering what the secret is to those weight-loss transformations. How do they do it?

Here’s a hint. For most people who lose weight and keep it off, there is no secret. It’s hard work, healthy eating, smart habits, and consistently following a proven plan that gets results.

And if you want to be one of those freelance writers, you can.

  • Weigh in and take a look at your freelance writing business
  • Throw away junk clients
  • Replace procrastination, self-doubt, and fear with taking action
  • Model the habits of successful freelance writers
  • Commit to being successful, no matter how long it takes

Want to know how to claw your way out of the content mills, make more money, write for national magazines, land $1/word assignments, or be a six-figure freelancer?

Take a closer look at these double-your-income diet tips for freelance writers:

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Grammar Rules for Freelancers: An English Teacher’s Dirty Little Secret

The Dirty Little Secret About Grammar RulesDo you ever feel conflicted about grammar rules?

I do. When I teach university English and when I write for freelance clients.

I’m torn between the need to follow all the grammar rules taught in school, and the need to break them. It’s like I’m living a double life.

On one hand, it feels like being a concert violinist, sitting stiffly in a black tuxedo on a black metal chair, violin wedged against a black bowtie, playing full concertos in the key of E minor. It’s lovely…

But I’d rather be down at the pub. Fiddling hornpipes, reels, and jigs. Stomping my foot. Jammin’ with mates on guitar. Mandolin. And whistle.

Expressive. Emotional. And free.

But if you’re always stuck on grammar rules that hold you back, you’ll never be that kind of freelance writer.

I may be a university English teacher, but if you want to be a better freelance writer, you need to know this dirty little secret about grammar rules:

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