Freelance Writer, Article Writing

Being a freelance writer isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. In this section you’ll find information about advanced article writing, finding new markets, selling your work, freelance writing jobs and getting paid. You’ll learn how to turn articles into cash and living the writing life.

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct....

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.

Freelance Success

Freelance writer Tom Harpole, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life and Air & Space Smithsonian, shares how he found success as a freelancer.

Tips for Landing Your Own Newspaper Column

Getting your own regular column with a newspaper today is as difficult as it is rewarding. The competition for landing these coveted spots is steadily increasing as the circulation of many dailies continues to shrink. Award-winning columnist Cynthia G. La Ferle offers advice and encouragement for writers struggling to break into this golden market.

Mix Mastery

Variety is the spice of life and the spice of your articles. Cook up sources from different people and places to please all tastes.

Dual Success

More and more print publications are producing web counterparts. How does that affect nonfiction writers? David A. Fryxell, Writer's Digest Editorial Director, provides some insight.

Tips on Following Your Dream

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and The Right to Write, notes that writers are wrong to resist writing on speculation. In fact, she says that writing on speculation should be a goal.

O Pioneers!

During slow times, be adventuresome: Explore new freelance opportunities, branch into niche publications and investigate different areas of expertise.

Learn How to be a Columnist

You Can Write a Column is the only book of its kind that offers an insider''s perspective on this special field, blending practical writing instruction with savvy marketing advice to help you create successful columns for everything from neighborhood newspapers to high profile magazines. Click below for exercises to use whether you already write...

What Editors Won’t Tell You (But We Will)

There are some things you‘ll never read about in a publisher‘s writers‘ guidelines. You have to either hang around the editor‘s office and eavesdrop or find a friend who‘s able to extract the editor‘s deep, dark secrets. Luckily, you have the latter. We asked editors what they‘d say to writers if they could talk...

Tips for Journalists About Publicists

When you are researching a featured article for a magazine or newspaper, more often than not you will have a run-in with a publicist. Journalist and freelancer Geoff Williams shares his advice on about making the first move.

Cast a Wider Net

If you're a freelancer focused exclusively on print magazines, it's time to expand your reach. Editors from the best of the web share their insider's take on breaking into webzines.

Becoming an Amateur Food Critic

Critiquing a restaurant gives you a feeling of power. Do you give the restaurant a glistening review and let them stay open to serve another meal? Or do you pan them, point out their flaws, and watch them struggle? Of course, unless your reviews are published, you would never truly have that power over...