The Renegade Writer

Why Writers Need to Learn to Read as Well as They Write

I've come to the conclusion that most writers don't read as well as they write. Every time I send an email, I get back several responses asking questions that were answered in the message. For example, I'll say, "The call is at 5 pm Eastern time," and a few people will respond, "What time zone is ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Oct 28, 2014 Advice, Freelance writers, Observations, Writing

No, Freelance Writers, You DON’T Need a Blog

Say you’re a new freelance writer. (Sound familiar?) You ask someone with more experience whether you should start a blog to help attract clients and let you use blog posts as clips. Chances are, the other writer will tell you it's absolutely, totally imperative that you have a blog. I even heard one freelance writer tell ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 17, 2014 Advice, Blogging, Break This Rule, Writing

Here’s Why Your Cool Article Ideas Aren’t Selling

You come up with a mind-blowingly awesome article idea: You've discovered some really cool thing, and you want to write about it. For example, you've found out something fascinating about how train schedules are developed, or how makeup is made, or a unique museum, or a new business that's just opened its doors. So you have this ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 2, 2014 Advice, Ideas, Writing

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: ***** Jill: 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

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