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Blog Writing Fails: 5 Brain-Dead Zombie Mistakes That Sicken Editors

Beware of these Brain-Dead Blog Writing Mistakes. Makealivingwriting.com

Do your blog writing pitches stink?

There’s an easy way to tell…you’re not getting ANY responses from editors or marketing directors.

That ever happen to you?

When you send an editor a rotten pitch for a blog post, there’s a good chance your approach makes you sound like a brain-dead zombie.

And there’s protocol for that in the Editor’s Universal Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse:

Hit delete. Writer may be infected. Quarantine inbox immediately. Warning, freelancer appears to be devoid of creativity, brain dead, unable to communicate with words. Do not engage.

If your blog writing pitch is so bad it makes an editor sick or triggers their zombie-response training to avoid you at all costs, it’s going to be tough to make a living writing.

So what are the telltale signs of a brain-dead pitch for a blog post? These mistakes will sicken an editor faster than the smell of rotting flesh.

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How to Write a Blog Post Like a Boss: 100+ Insider Writing Tips

How to Write a Blog Post Like a Boss. Makealivingwriting.com

What if you knew how to write a blog post like a Boss?

You know…you write blog posts that drive traffic and get results. And clients are more than happy to pay you pro rates for your blogging skills.

Not those $25 and $50 assignments, either. When you know how to write a blog post like a Boss, clients are ready and willing to pay $100, $300, $500, or more per assignment.

Sound good? Shut the door. Hold your phone calls. Grab an extra cup of coffee. And tell your people you’re busy.

If you want to learn how to write better blog posts, solid writing skills get your foot in the door. But that’s not enough.

You’ll also need some behind-the-scenes knowledge about things like keywords, SEO, headline writing, social media, and more to craft better blog posts.

In this post, you’ll find pro tips about how to write a blog post, engage readers, generate traffic, make your clients happy, and make more money.

It’s go-time. Check out this list 100-plus insider tips to get started.

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Writing Jobs That Pay $100+: Hunt Through These 75 Options

Hunting for Work? Writing Jobs That Pay $100+. Makealivingwriting.com

Wondering if any well-paying freelance writing jobs are actually out there?

It might seem like those writing jobs are about as elusive as Bigfoot.

You know…you hear about other freelancers landing writing jobs that pay pro rates, but you’ve never seen anything like that.

Sound familiar?

You may not be a Bigfoot believer. But the truth is, there are plenty of writing jobs out there that pay well in almost every niche (business, travel, science, health, technology, finance, and more).

If you’ve been struggling to find writing jobs that pay well, chances are you haven’t been looking in the right places.

FYI…almost no sightings have ever been reported from places like content mills and bid sites.

If you’re on the hunt for better-paying writing jobs, it’s time to steer clear of those places and seek out assignments that will help you move up and earn more.

How about a little help to point you in the right direction? Check out these 75 markets that pay $100 or more.

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Writing Inspiration: What’s Your Best Holiday Gig as a Freelancer?

Writing Inspiration During the Holidays. Makealivingwriting.com

Need some writing inspiration during the holidays?

It’s a crazy time of year for a lot of freelance writers.

You’re hustling to work ahead. You’re thinking about how to move up and earn more in 2020. Maybe you’re feeling a little worn out since the holiday march began last month.

Sound familiar? How about a little writing inspiration to give you a boost during the holidays?

Believe it or not, you can still connect with clients and prospects during the holidays, land assignments, get paid well, and enjoy your work.

It happens all the time.

Right now, while most of us are celebrating, some editor is stressing about hiring a freelancer for a story assignment or project. The editor stumbles across a pitch or letter of introduction you sent, and voilà, you just scored a new client and assignment.

What’s your best or most unusual gig as a freelance writer during the holidays?

We asked writers to share their stories. Ready for a little writing inspiration and reminder of what’s possible? Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy…

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How to Be a Freelance Writer: 8 Tips for a Mindset Makeover

Mindset Makeover: How to Be a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

If you want to learn how to be a freelance writer, what’s your game plan for bad days, self-doubt, and lack of motivation?

How’s your mindset? Optimistic or doomed to fail?

If you’re the latter (even once in a while), those little thoughts that cross your mind when you’re about to hit send, sign a contract, quote a project, or wonder if you can actually make money writing can wreak havoc.

  • What if I’m not good enough?
  • Should I charge this much?
  • Can I really make a living writing?
  • I’ll never be as good as her at writing.

When you’re hustling to learn how to be a freelance writer, there’s a good chance you work alone…in isolation…and your thoughts can make or break you.

Ever felt depressed, anxious, or fearful that you’ll fail as a freelance writer? Do those thoughts and limiting beliefs keep you from marketing, being creative, or making more money?

It happens. Just about everyone who’s traveled the path to learn how to be a freelance writer experiences some kind of struggle. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Ready for a mindset makeover for freelance success? Here’s what you need to know.

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Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear to Win

Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s your biggest freelance fear, and how did you overcome it? Enter our writing contest for a chance to win.

Fear has a way of holding you back as a freelance writer. It suffocates creativity. It gets in the way of taking risk. Let it dominate your thoughts, and fear prevents you from putting yourself out there, marketing, sending query letters, connecting, pitching your dream clients. Sound familiar?

When fear plagues your freelance writing career, it’s like being in the middle of a Stranger Things episode. You’re expecting the Mind Flayer or the Demogorgon to rip you to shreds at any minute. Only it never really happens.

But if you don’t face your fears, fight back, and pursue your freelance writing goals, the results can be devastating. You roll around on the floor. You procrastinate. Days, weeks, months, maybe even years go by in this state of mind. That’s a terrifying thought.

In this writing contest, we want to hear about your gnarliest freelance writing fear, and what you did to overcome it. Check out the rules for the writing contest and prizes for winners.

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