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Contest: Let’s Make a Writer’s Gratitude List

Contest: Make a Writer's Gratitude List. Makealivingwriting.com

Years ago, when I was finding it hard to get out of bed, much less write, I started making a daily gratitude list. To celebrate Thanksgiving, I’d like to collaborate with you today and make a writer’s ultimate gratitude list. You game?

If you haven’t done this before, writing a gratitude list is a great way to start the day, or to end it. Our human brains are programmed to focus on the negative. We needed to remember where the saber-toothed tigers were, so we’d avoid that valley.

In our modern lives full of negative news headlines and fears for the future, dwelling on the bad stuff can really sap your writing creativity. Focusing on the positive is a powerful tool to remind us of the simple joys of being alive.

Ready to join in?

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The Sad Tale of Your Worst Writing Job Ever [An Essay Contest]

The sad tale of your worse writing job ever [An essay contest]. Makealivingwriting.com

Ask any writer about their worst writing job — and they’ve got a story to tell.

If you’re a freelance writer for any length of time, some gig will go sideways on you. That’s just how it is.

The key is not to see that worst-case experience as an indicator of your skills, or a referendum on your future potential as a writer.

It’s just…business. Things go wrong. Misunderstandings happen. Everybody has a bad day.

Because so many writers seem to be devastated when they bomb at a gig, I thought it might be useful to collect worst-client stories and let writers compare notes. I thought we could collect them in the comments on this post.

So I’m having a contest! Details are below. But first, I thought I’d kick this off by sharing my own worst writing job stories.

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Answers to 20 Fascinating Freelance Writing Questions + Contest Winners!

Get your freelance writing questions answered.

I have to admit, I’m amazed.

When I asked you earlier this week to send me your freelance writing questions, I figured the entries would all be stuff I’d seen before (since I just wrote an e-book in which I answer over 100 questions).

Yes, there were plenty of those common freelance writing questions, like “How do I get started?”

But I also got a nice batch of fresh and interesting new questions! Rather than going on and on in a comment thread that has 140+ comments last I checked, I thought I’d answer them in more depth here on this post.

I’ll start with the four top questions that are the winners of my Freelance Writers Den 4th Anniversary contest. Writers who submimtted the rest of the questions I’m answering here will each be receiving a complimentary advance copy of my soon-to-be-released e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions Answered.

In case you missed it back on Tuesday — the Writers Den is turning 4 this week, and we’re celebrating with goodies and prizes.

The big prize that’s open to everyone: Freelance Writers Den is open to new members for the next 4 days! This will be our last summer open, and last time to join before our next Den bootcamp on overcoming fears, which is coming this fall.

Here are the winning questions, along with my answers:

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Get Answers to Your Freelance Writing Questions [Contest!]

Get your freelance writing questions answered here.

Have you got a question about freelance writing? Something that mystifies you and holds you back from pursuing this career full out, because you don’t want to look stupid?

If so, you’re not alone.

Freelance writing questions flood in every day on my email, on my Facebook page, in my blog comments. I started Freelance Writers Den to create a forum for more easily getting questions answered.

It’s the Den’s 4th anniversary this week (more on that shortly, and the contest we’re running to celebrate!), and over 60,000 forum comments later, the questions keep on coming.

I hate it when writers tell me they’re not taking action, because they don’t know what to do. You can get the info you need fairly easily! Here’s how:

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