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Write for Magazines: Steal This Writer’s Strategy to Land Top Pubs

Steal This Strategy to Write for Magazines. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to write for magazines?

It’s the dream for a lot of freelance writers.

Maybe you’ve got your sights set on getting published in a glossy consumer magazine with millions of readers.

You read every issue. You study the headlines, writing style, and topics. And you think about story ideas for your dream magazine…a lot.

That’s a start. But how do you turn your story ideas into an assignment with a contract, your byline in a popular magazine, and a check in the mail?

One freelance writer took the challenge to get published in AARP: The Magazine…a highly-competitive niche magazine that pays $1/word.

At first she didn’t see a clear path to break in. But with a little effort, she discovered a strategy to write for magazines that really works, whether you’re just starting out or a pro.

Want to steal her idea to break into your dream pub? Here’s what you need to know:

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Level Up Your Freelance Skills with These 18 Writer Organizations

Writer Organizations That Build  Freelance Skills. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever thought about joining one of those writer organizations?

You probably have. Sometimes being a freelance writer can feel a little like being on a deserted island that happens to have a wifi connection.

You spend a lot of time working alone. Besides client calls and interviews with sources, you might not talk to many people besides your family, or your pet.

Sound familiar?

Writer organizations can help bridge the gap of working in isolation.

But more importantly, writer organizations can connect you to a community of other writers and freelance professionals, writing jobs, training, and a host of resources to help you grow your business.

And you don’t have to look far to find writer organizations designed to help you dominate your niche.

Travel, science, health, education…there’s an organization for almost every type of writer to help you develop your skills, and ultimately move up and earn more.

So which of the many writer organizations should you join? Check out this list to help you decide:

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Open Pitch: Kick Open the Door with Your Best Idea for a Guest Post

Contest Kickoff: Pitch Your Best Guest Post Ideas. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to write a guest post for Make a Living Writing?

Now’s your chance to land an assignment. It’s open pitch time around here (through March 8, 2019).

We’re ready to take a look at the best of the best guest post ideas about the business and craft of freelance writing.

Consider it a showdown.

Kind of like the final fight scene in the cult-classic movie Karate Kid when Daniel LaRusso takes on Cobra Kai bad-boy Johnny Lawrence.

You know. Wax on, wax off. Sweep the leg. Focus all power.

Short on ideas? Remember when LaRusso did all that work for Mr. Miyagi. At first it seemed like he wasn’t learning anything. But with a little help, he realized he had the skills to make his mark.

Whether you’re a newbie freelancer hustling to make things happen, a mid-career writer, or a pro, you’ve probably got a few moves you can share to help other writers.

Step on to the mat. Here’s what you need to know to pitch a guest post idea:

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Stop Whining: How to Crush Your Freelance Writing Excuses

Tips to Crush Your Freelance Writing Excuses. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s the middle of the afternoon. You’ve got a client deadline. And all you’ve been able to do for the last few hours is think up writing excuses for why you’re not cranking out copy.

  • Your desk is too cluttered.
  • You’re behind on dishes and laundry.
  • You don’t feel like writing.
  • You didn’t get enough info from your client to complete the assignment.
  • And then the thought crosses your mind: I’m not really a writer. I’m just pretending to be one.

Been there, done that?

If you’ve made any of these writing excuses (FYI…there’s many more), you’ve probably done your share of whining, crying, and flailing around. All that, when you could have been, you know, working.

Tired of writing excuses holding you back from moving up and earning more as a freelancer?

Stop whining, and crush your freelance writing excuses once and for all. Here’s how:

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Get Paid to Write About Writing: 15 Markets That Pay Up to $1,500+

Get Paid to Write About Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to get paid to write about writing? If you know a little something about the business and craft of freelancing, you can cash in on your ideas and experience.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

It’s no secret that finding a niche is a smart strategy to grow your freelance writing business. Everyone should have a niche, or two or three. And writing can be one of them.

In fact, there’s a number of online and print markets that serve freelance writers and some pay up to $1,500 per assignment. Pitch these places great story ideas, and you can get paid to write about writing. For example:

You’ve got some insight on how to write great headlines.
You’ve learned a few interview tricks over the years to get sources to spill the beans.
You’ve some great connections with thought leaders in writing and publishing you can interview and write a feature about.
Or maybe you’d like to write about the art of the pitch and interview pros who know how to do it.

Want to get paid to write about writing? Check out these markets that cover the business and craft of freelance writing, and start pitching.

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Writing in a Clutter Hole? How to Clear Space for Your Home Office

Declutter Tips to Write in Your Home Office. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to know a dirty little secret about Carol Tice? She doesn’t even have a home office.

Depending on the day and the level of clutter (perpetrators responsible for the mess = hubby and kids), she floats from the living room to the TV room.

How’s your home office space for writing? Frustrating, distracting, the bane of your existence?

If you’re trying to crank out copy at the dining room table next to a syrup spill that keeps sticking to your arm, or every room in the house is littered with toys, clothes, and never-ending piles of crap that seem to regenerate like the legs on a cockroach, you may have a problem.

When you work from a home office, you have to figure out a way to declutter and minimize distractions so you can actually…you know, work.

Wondering where to start?

If you’re writing in a clutter hole, follow these writer recommendations to clear space for your home office:

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