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How to Land New Clients

When it comes to making a living as a writer, it’s not about getting the occasional writing gig ... You’re looking for ongoing clients … people who can give you assignment after assignment … so that you can focus on what you do best – writing!

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From Proposal to Contract in Under a Week

For several years I labored in the agent fields, trying to harvest one for my book on helping doctoral candidates finish their dissertations. My approach, I was sure, was new, based on my longtime practice of coaching doctoral students and editing their dissertation drafts.

Books Without Boundaries

If Bill Gates said it, I tend to believe it. The software tycoon-turned-philanthropisthas been proven right on just about everything. (If you forget the Zune and that CTRL-ALT-DEL thing.) At the dawn of the internet, Gates published an essay that started off with this line: “Content is where I expect much of the real...

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Destroy All Roadblocks that Stand in Your Way

Last week, we took a huge step in moving you forward as a well-paid writer … I asked you to visualize what the writer’s life means to you — in very specific terms. And then I asked you to evaluate the potential paths that match your needs, and make a decision on which path...

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The Difference Between Dreamers and Achievers

Last week was our annual FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair. Over the last 17 years, it has become THE copywriting event of the year. And this year, 400+ aspiring and professional writers joined us in Delray Beach, Florida to have industry legends teach them how to build successful copywriting businesses —...

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Four Tips for Writing for the Romance Market

BY JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN After writing literary short fiction and then six contemporary novels, my then-agent told me to go henceforth and write a romance. A romance? I thought. Really? So when I decided to try my hand at romance, I learned a lot about writing in that genre. Here’s what I know...

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7 Best-Paying Projects for Writers in 2015

If you’ve been daydreaming about making a comfortable living as a writer, 2015 will definitely be the year you make it a reality. There have never been more legitimate freelance opportunities for professional writers than there are right now – especially when the assignments are aimed at helping companies build their businesses.

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NaNoWriMo Prep Work: To Edit or Not Edit While Writing First Draft

BY TED BOONE The most common technique that experienced WriMos will propose for newbies is the “zero editing” approach. That is, during the month of November, you must resist the urge to edit your novel. The advice is based upon the idea that NaNo participants should always be increasing their word count, regardless of...

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NaNoWriMo Prep Work: How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy Schedule

BY ABBY SCHREIBER Everyone has a different take on the writing process, from the classic rhythm of "Write, edit, revise, and repeat" to the scramble of mismatched scenes that eventually come together. As a young author, I find the writing process to be something stretchable, and easy to bend. The writer is the one...

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NaNoWriMo Prep Work: How to Prepare to Write Your Book in 30 Days

BY OWEN BONDONO Every writer needs their own specific combination of factors to thrive creatively. Some people like quiet, while others like noise. Some write first thing in the morning, others write after everyone else has gone to bed. Finding your writing niche is key to upping your productivity. Here's how to do that....

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How to Make a Living as a Writer – Introduction

My name is Rebecca Matter. I’m the President of AWAI, and have personally worked with and trained hundreds of writers over the last 15 years. I have a lot of experience helping writers cross over from dreaming about the writer’s life … to actually living it. And I’m going to share what I know...

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5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better

Readers can’t resist turning pages when characters are facing tough choices. Use these 5 keys to weave moral dilemmas into your stories—and watch your fiction climb to new heights. —by Steven James Key #1: Give Your Character Dueling Desires. Before our characters can face difficult moral decisions, we need to give them beliefs that...

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How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better)

Pablo Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” I wasn’t there when he said it, and I have no idea what he meant. He may have been in a bad mood. But I’ve always thought the statement sounded pretty cool. It makes the creative artist seem powerful and iconoclastic,...

Self publishing 101: Where to Begin?

There’s never been a better time to be an author. It’s an oft-stated truth, as the digital technology driving the publishing revolution now enables creative people around the globe to develop and market content in truly unique ways. But with anything new and unfamiliar, questions are sure to follow ...

Must You Have a Room of Your Own to Write

I have long puzzled about the most effective place to write. If you too are in a quandary, or lament you have no writing spot to call your own, maybe this piece will help you enlarge your perceptions about your own physical and mental writing places, spaces, and times.

Online Exclusive: The Facts of Fiction

In “The Facts of Fiction” compilation article in the September 2014 Writer’s Digest, physician, novelist and award-winning short story writer Jacob M. Appel schools writers on getting their facts straight when writing fictional doctors and patients. Here, in this special online exclusive sidebar we didn’t have space to print, he shares a quick cheat...