The Renegade Writer

The Laziest Writer Ever? A Vent and a Lesson

Last spring a writer (let’s call her Jill) emailed me that she was pitching a profile of me to a UK writing magazine — and would I be available for an interview?

Here’s how the conversation went:


I’m interested in interviewing you for [magazine]. If you are agreeable, I’d need to ask you a few questions …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jul 22, 2014 Freelance writers, Motivation, Rants, Writing

This One Tiny Habit Can Help You Become a More Productive (and Wealthier) Freelancer


by Diana Burrell

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

I make no secret of the fact that I do not like to write, which seems crazy because I’ve been a freelance writer and author for almost 20 years and writers, well, write. But if you’re a professional …… Click here to keep reading…

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Apr 6, 2014 Advice, Motivation, Writing

7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Idea Generation Skills Fresh This Winter

many small light bulbs equal big one

By Diana Burrell

Even I, a self-confessed idea junkie who loves nothing better than thinking up ideas to research and pitch to magazine editors, go through periods where all my ideas feel uninspired and blah. These periods usually occur mid-winter, when the days are short and the nights are long, boring, and cold.

Same for you? Here …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jan 2, 2014 Advice, Ass, Ideas, Motivation, Writing

5 Ways to Deal with People Who Hate What You Write


By Linda Formichelli

You don’t write because you’re afraid of what other people will think. What if they hate your writing? What if they hate you?

A glance at the comments on, say, a Huffington Post article shows that readers have no compunction about letting writers know exactly what they think. And sometimes it ain’t pretty.

And then …… Click here to keep reading…

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Nov 11, 2013 Freelance Writing, Motivation, Observations, Writing

6 Fantastic Sidebar Ideas to Add interest to Your Articles


You know your editors will love you if you suggest sidebar ideas in your pitches or include them in your articles — but you’re stumped.

It’s hard enough coming up with an article idea without having to generate multiple sidebars too!

Here’s a handy guide on the types of sidebars you can try. When you need one, …… Click here to keep reading…

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Sep 2, 2013 Advice, Writing

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