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Essay Contest: Tell Me About Your Most Hellish Freelance Writing Jobs

Most Hellish Freelance Writing Jobs: An Essay Contest. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever had a client who was a total nightmare? If you do even a handful of freelance writing jobs, it’s bound to happen.

They don’t know what they want. Their deadline is yesterday. You’re getting gang-edited by a team of five.

Since I’ve been at this a long time, I’ve pretty much had every flavor.

But what’s your worst story? I’ve decided to collect them all here on the blog comments (yes, they’re open again for this post!), so other writers can learn the red flags to watch out for.

What’s in it for you? You could win a free year in my freelance writer community, among other goodies.

Contest rules

How do you win? Here are the rules:

Keep your essay to 100 words or less

Describe your worst client experience

Post in the comments below, or on Facebook or LinkedIn (look for the post graphic from this post on both social-media platforms and comment on that thread). Rules and prizes…

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Lost Motivation for Writing? Tell Me Why to Win a Coaching Session

Lost Writing Motivation? Win a Coaching Session. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you lost your motivation for writing, marketing, and freelancing? Tell me why and win a coaching session.

That’s how we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day around here.

I hear from a lot of capable writers who are scraping by, too often writing for content mills and low-paying clients. It doesn’t take long for those kinds of gigs to become exhausting, stifle creativity, and leave you feel drained and unmotivated.

Been there? Done that? Maybe it’s your reality right now.

Writer’s block. Lack of motivation. Feeling stuck. Those issues come up a lot in coaching sessions I do with writers, in the Freelance Writers Den forums, and countless emails I get from people who are trying to figure out how to make a living writing.

And it’s not just newbies. Even veteran writers can hit a dry spell, lose focus and motivation, or have anchor clients disappear overnight and wonder if it’s time to go back to a J-O-B.

Want to win a coaching session to get back on track? Here’s what you need to do:

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CONTEST: Win a Year in My Online Writing Community

Essay contest: Win a free ticket to my writing community. Makealivingwriting.com

Six years ago, I got a crazy idea in my head: I was going to start an online writing community for freelancers, where they could learn how to market their services and earn more.

When we opened the doors in 2011, I had no clue how needed this sort of all-you-can-eat learning platform was for freelance writers.

Next week, Freelance Writers Den turns 6 years old! And it’s over 1,000 members strong.

At this point, the Den is packed with 300+ hours of trainings members can access anytime, on everything from how to do lucrative types of writing like white papers, to how to find better-paying clients.

Curious about the Den? Well, we’re celebrating our 6th year by opening the doors and welcoming new Denizens on our anniversary date, July 11. We’ll stay open for six days (unusually long for us!).

And we’ve got a new way to hop in the Den — you can try it out with a 1-week free pass.

We always do giveaways and goodies on the Den anniversary, but this year I want to go crazy.

So besides free 1-week passes for all comers, I’m also giving away 6 free, 1-YEAR passes to Freelance Writers Den.

That’s right, an entire year of soaking up the Den resources, 4-week bootcamps included, the works.

How can you win one of those 1-year passes? I’m holding an essay contest. Read on for the rules:

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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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Explode Your Freelance Writing Income: An Essay Contest and Celebration

Freelance Writers Den - Fifth Anniversary!

Five years ago, I took a crazy risk and opened a community for freelance writers, hoping I could get 100 people to sign up.

What happened? It turned out people were starved for freelance writing help.

Today, the Den turns 5 years old — and it has over 1,200 members. When I say I couldn’t have done it without you, my great readers, I’m really not kidding.

Great community can’t be created by my answering every forum question. It’s created by everyone in the community coming together to pool their knowledge and share best practices. The Denizens are what make the Den the truly awesome resource it has become today.

I’m grateful for everyone who’s come together to make Freelance Writers Den great — so grateful that I’ve got five different goodies for you as part of our Den 5th anniversary celebration:

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8 Crazy Nights of Freebies & Bargains for Freelance Writers

8 Crazy Nights of Freebies & Bargains for  Freelance Writers - Makealivingwriting.com

No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, I’m here to make it a festive season for you.

Since I celebrate Hanukkah — which this year, starts tonight — I’ve decide to create my own online festival of light for writers, by bringing you a series of free offers and super-cheap discount deals. There will be a different offer each day!

Hanukkah is a festival of light and miracles…of the freedom to worship as you choose, a theme that’s more relevant than ever this year. Of believing you can banish the darkness, even when all seems hopeless. I’m hoping to enlighten some writers and bring them some serious help over next 8 days. Because when you go from earning peanuts to earning real money…it truly is like a miracle. Right?

While I’m announcing this 8 Crazy Nights extravaganza here on a blog post, if you’re not a subscriber to this blog, you won’t see most of the rest of these offers. They’ll only be going out on email. So if you’re not a subscriber, you might want to sign up now.

Ready? Let’s get rolling…

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