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Freelance Writing Lessons From a Rude Editor: 7 Takeaways

Freelance writing lessons from a rude editor. Makealivingwriting.com

For a while, I had a large client that hired many writers. My contact was an editor who managed the freelance staff. He was an abrupt man who spared no feelings.

At the time, I had only worked directly with clients. I could meet their goals, but my writing lacked force. I over-wrote, dismissed structure, and indulged my narcissism with unnecessary wit. I wasn’t bad, but I had that collegiate write-everything-you-can-think-of mentality.

My first experience working with a professional editor was heart-wrenching. It was a trial by fire: get better to get paid. But those lessons stuck with me and made me a better writer.

Want to improve your writing?

Avoid making the same mistakes as I did, and check out the seven hardest lessons this editor taught me:

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The 20 Best Practical Tips for Freelance Writers

I knew you had something to share from your own freelance writer’s journey, when I asked you for your best advice last week. But the number and quality of responses blew me away. It wasn’t easy to pick the winners!

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What’s Your Best Piece of Advice for Freelance Writers?

Tell me your best piece of advice for freelance writers. I’ll put the best ones into a post and give all the contributors a free month in The Freelance Writers Den.

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