story ideas

Topics to Write About: I Found You 23 Salable Article Ideas in Minutes

Find Topics to Write About in Minutes. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you one of those writers who struggles to find topics to write about? I hear that a lot: “I just don’t have any ideas!”

So I decided to take a few minutes and find some article ideas for you. (You’re welcome.)

Seriously, I did not spend hours gathering the ideas for this post. I collected press releases for a week that come in my inbox due to my long history as a business reporter, and then took perhaps 5 minutes apiece to think on them.

Then I used them as jumping-off points for story ideas. That’s it.

This post breaks down my process of developing a little tidbit of news into a pitchable idea, honed from 12 years as a staff writer at two business publications.

But you could do the same with overheard gossip, with scanning through publications and reslanting articles, with info you get in interviews…you name it.

Why collect story ideas? If you hope to be a working freelance writer, seeing your byline in publications, you need a big stack of story ideas.

If you fantasize that you can earn well as a writer, and editors will hand you ready-made ideas…sorry, that era ended with the rise of the internet and the decline of print.

Today’s reality: When you know how to develop salable story ideas, you get more assignments, get in the door at bigger publications… and you earn more money.

Think of those story ideas as keys to the publication kingdom. The more keys you have, the more doors you can open.

Ready to turn on the idea-generating part of your brain and learn how to create an article-idea gold mine? Then let’s go!

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Writing Jobs for Bloggers: 10 Sites That Pay $75+ for Guest Posts

Writing Jobs for Bloggers That Pay $75+. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you looking for blog writing jobs?

No. I’m not talking about the prolific Craigslist ads and content-mill stuff that pays $5 to $10 per blog post. If those are the types of writing jobs you’ve been chasing, it’s time to get some new clients. You can do better.

If you ask the Interwebs, there’s an estimated 400 million blogs online. Sure, lots of those are dead sites or personal blogs with pictures of kids, cats, and crafts. And you won’t find any writing jobs there. But there are blog writing jobs that pay.

Do a little digging, and you’ll find business blogs in virtually any niche designed to engage readers, drive website traffic, and promote a product or service. You’ll also find niche news-style blogs that operate similar to a newspaper or magazine.

Both of these types of blog writing jobs are money for the serious freelancer. Why? Well-run blogs publish frequently and need content. That means one blog writing assignment can easily turn into a regular gig.

Looking for more blog writing jobs? Check out this list of 10 sites that pay $75 and up per assignment.

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15 Tips to Make an Editor Fall in Love with Your Query Letter

Query Letter Tips That Get You Noticed. Makealivingwriting.com

Is your query letter good enough to make an editor fall in love with you?

Admit it or not, you’re probably at least a little emotionally invested in that query letter when you send it off to an editor.

You work hard on it, interview sources, research, and chip away at writing the perfect lede and headline.

And it would be nice to get a little something in return. Right?

An email. A phone call. A text message. A letter in the mail. Smoke signals. Anything that let’s you know your query letter hit home when the editor read your pitch. Or even better than that…a contract.

But let’s face it. Sometimes the writer-editor relationship is, well, complicated. You put your heart and soul into a story idea, send it off, and nothing happens.

So how do you write a query letter that gets you noticed? Here are X ways to make an editor fall in love with your pitch:

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Slam Dunk Assignments: The Easy Method That Sells More Story Ideas

Sell More Story Ideas – It’s a Slam Dunk. Makealivingwriting.com

Note: In this post from the past, you’ll learn about one easy method to come up with story ideas that never gets old. Enjoy! —Carol.

Are you short on story ideas to pitch magazine editors?

A lot of writers make it a lot harder than it needs to be to come up with story ideas to land an assignment.

You try and be ultra clever. You spend countless hours doing research looking for a nugget of information…and then another. Or you second guess every single one of the story ideas you come up with. Sound familiar?

Some story ideas deserve that kind of attention. But if you’re hustling to land more work and make more money, you need to pitch story ideas that sell.

And there’s one angle that few writers take the time to craft, but that often results in an easy sale.

What is this slam-dunk idea? Let me show you how it’s done:

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The Lucrative Business of Dumpster Diving for Discarded Freelance Ideas

Cash in on Discarded Freelance Ideas. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever come up with a bunch of good freelance ideas and then tossed them in the virtual trash?

You brainstorm some freelance ideas for a query or letter of introduction to land an assignment. You even write up a partial pitch.

And then for whatever reason (fear, procrastination, shiny-object syndrome, or too many open windows on your computer), those freelance ideas never make it to the Great Beyond.

Been there, done that?

If your hard drive looks like the inside of a hoarder’s house stacked with unfinished freelance ideas in every corner, it’s time to put on some rubber gloves, and start digging through the trash.

Why? Some of your discarded freelance ideas are worth money, an assignment, your next best client.

Having a little hoarder freakout about now? Here’s what you need to do:

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10 Ways to Earn More From One Great Article Idea

How to earn more from one great article idea. Makealivingwriting.com.

Are you a writer in search of an article idea? These days, the big-earning article writers have loads of ideas for editors.

But if you’re someone who really finds idea generation tough, there’s another way to earn well. You can do it by getting more mileage out of your short stack of ideas.

Get out of the habit of coming up with one article idea, landing an assignment, and then moving on.

Instead, think in terms of spinning that one little idea straw into a big pile of gold.

How? Here are ten different ways:

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