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Insider’s Guide: Make a Living Writing (makealivingwriting.com)

Award-winning freelance writer Carol Tice’s mission is to help writers earn more money for their work. Read the site’s many free expert articles and sign up for her free e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions, Answered. (Courses and mentor programs are also available for a fee.) For the best approach to farm this rich resource, Tice offers these tips:

  • If you’re a first-time visitor, use the categories in the “We talk about …” section for an instant set of posts on the topic you want to learn about. Subscribe via email, too: “RSS subscribers miss many freebie and discount offers from me,” Tice says.
  • “There are over 800 posts, so a lot of great content is buried in the archive now.”
  • The blog’s best-kept secret? It can teach you how to leverage your own blog to attract readers and turn them into buyers of your content, whether you offer e-books, community, classes or coaching.”
  • Tice’s most common question from site visitors? “How do I get started as a freelance writer?” Some of the “most popular” posts in her sidebar address this, and as of this writing, Tice is also in the process of creating a special “New freelance writer? Start here” page that will organize many of her most useful posts for new writers. (Conversely, she also plans to create a space for more established freelancers who want to focus on finding better markets.)
  • Don’t be shy! “I allow comments on recent posts, and they’re a lively place! I’m also active on Twitter (@TiceWrites) and have a busy Facebook page for the Make a Living Writing Blog (facebook.com/makealivingwriting). Those are great places to chat with me and get sneak peeks at upcoming e-books and classes of mine. I do contests and giveaways there, too.”

Insider’s Guide: Writer’s Carnival (writerscarnival.ca)

This site has a plethora of advice, insightful critiques from peers, writing prompts, forum discussions and contests—and best of all, membership is free. Those seeking more detailed critiques of their work can upgrade their membership for $9.99/month (or $4.58/month if a one-year membership is purchased.) We caught up with Writer’s Carnival co-founder Anisa Claire for her tips on how to make the most of your time on the site.

-Don’t be afraid to dive into the fray. “Put in what you expect to get back,” Claire says. “We're a community to help writers, but participation is key. Eighty percent of our site is free and open to the public, including our weekly challenges that get upwards of 900 comments per challenge—it's a great way to test the waters and see just how inviting and accepting the community is!”

-Networking is also key. “On top of suggesting [our members] connect with people through their own blogs and on social media, such as Twitter, we also encourage them to network within the Writer's Carnival community because it's a great platform to connect with other people who are on the same journey.”

-Don’t miss the weekly challenges, which are a great way to participate and connect with fellow writers. “We do 'Group Discussions' as well, where we talk as a community about different writing-related topics. Upgraded members can post a group discussion, but any member, regardless of their account status, can participate in the actual conversation. Our site team also takes turn putting these group discussions up.”

Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Make this year your most successful writing year ever by considering the following questions to set your goals and intentions.

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Journalist Alison Hill answers the question of whether or not the personal essay is considered journalism by defining the genre and offering examples. Plus, outlets for you to publish your own personal essay.

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use forth vs. fourth in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Place

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Place

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, make the setting the antagonist.

Gaslighting in Romance: From Jane Eyre to the Present Day (and Why Writers Should Care)

Gaslighting in Romance: From Jane Eyre to the Present Day (and Why Writers Should Care)

Gaslighting can work its way into the backstory of a character, but it can also be misused. Here, author Emma Barry discusses gaslighting in romance.

Brad Taylor: On Real-Life Threats Inspiring Thriller Novels

Brad Taylor: On Real-Life Threats Inspiring Thriller Novels

Author and veteran Brad Taylor discusses the research that led to his new thriller novel, The Devil’s Ransom.

How Roleplaying Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

How Role-Playing Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

As co-writing partners who fully embody the stories they tell in their writing process, authors Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka share how role-playing helps their writing, and their marriage.

How To Get Started in Copywriting

How To Get Started in Copywriting

From writing and reading to majoring outside of journalism, copywriter and author Robert W. Bly shares how to get started in copywriting.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 640

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a pursuit poem.