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Articles by Tom Meitner

Tom Meitner spends pretty much his entire day writing - and loves it. He is a freelance copywriter, self-published author, and fiction ghostwriter. You can learn more about Tom and his work at his website, TomMeitner.com, or by following him on Facebook When he's not glued to the screen of his Chromebook, Tom is spending time with his wife and kids in Wisconsin, likely eating some form of cheese.

Don't Lose It Again: How to Back Up Your Writing Safely

Don't Lose It Again: How to Back Up Your Writing Safely

I lost my entire writing portfolio in 2009 and had to start over again from scratch. Thanks to my backup plan today, that will never happen again. Here's how you can back up your writing and save yourself headaches later.

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5 Valid Reasons to Turn Down Clients as a Freelance Writer

5 Valid Reasons to Turn Down Clients as a Freelance Writer

Yes, there are times to turn away work—even if you are desperate for a paycheck. Follow these tips to keep yourself from sacrificing your values, your health, and your sanity just for a few extra bucks.

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7 Movies NOT About Writing That Inspire Me to Write Better

7 Movies NOT About Writing That Inspire Me to Write Better

Movies can be a great place to get inspiration for your storytelling. Here's a list of seven movies that have always motivated me to work harder and improve my writing.

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How 10 Famous Writers Made Ends Meet Before Their Big Break

How 10 Famous Writers Made Ends Meet Before Their Big Break

Did you know that Kurt Vonnegut used to sell cars? Or that Jack London was an oyster pirate? Be inspired by the stories of ten famous writers' early years, and don't be discouraged by how long success is taking for you.

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The "Other" Jobs: 9 Roles Every Freelance Writer Has to Fulfill

The "Other" Jobs: 9 Roles Every Freelance Writer Has to Fulfill

Writers aren't just writers. There are lots of roles that a freelancer needs to cover without writing a single word. Whether you're just starting out as a freelance writer, you're thinking about it, or even if you have some experience, it's important to understand the scope of the job. Here are nine other roles and how to fulfill them to make sure your writing business thrives.

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Lonely? 7 Ways to Stay Sane When Working by Yourself

Lonely? 7 Ways to Stay Sane When Working by Yourself

Writers can be lonely creatures—and this is bad for your mental health. Instead of accepting it, here are seven ways to cope with loneliness and keep it from overtaking you.

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Stretched to Your Limits? How to Avoid—and Cure—Writing Burnout

Stretched to Your Limits? How to Avoid—and Cure—Writing Burnout

Writing burnout is real, and it can be devastating to your productivity (and your life). Learn the signs, understand why it happens, and figure out a plan to beat burnout before it takes over completely.

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How Do Fiction Writers Make Money Today?

How Do Fiction Writers Make Money Today?

Yes, you can make money writing fiction. But generating a profit means more than just writing a good book. Learn what the successful authors are doing today to make a living.

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Why a Bad Ending Can Ruin a Great Story

Why a Bad Ending Can Ruin a Great Story

A great story can be ruined by a bad ending. There are simple rules to follow that can help you avoid that from happening. Save your ending and keep your readers!

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Variety, Flexibility, and Security: Why Writing Is the Best Career

Variety, Flexibility, and Security: Why Writing Is the Best Career

If you haven't started building your writing portfolio, now is the time to get going. There's never been a better environment for writers to thrive, and you can get started right away.

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To Niche or Not to Niche: How to Specialize as a Freelance Copywriter

To Niche or Not to Niche: How to Specialize as a Freelance Copywriter

Looking for a boost to your freelance writing career? It's time to pick a niche. But where do you look? These 18 different niches can be your jumping-off point to higher profits and more clients.

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3 Golden Rules of Stealing for Aspiring Writers

3 Golden Rules of Stealing for Aspiring Writers

Stealing is wrong, isn't it? But maybe you didn't realize that most successful writers steal when they start out. This is how they developed their voice – and how you can, too.

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5 Strategies for Dealing with Distractions

5 Strategies for Dealing with Distractions

Distractions have claimed hours from every writer. If you want to be prolific, you have to find a way past them. Here are some apps and strategies to supercharge your productivity.

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How Do Writers Come Up with Original Ideas?

How Do Writers Come Up with Original Ideas?

Creativity seems elusive, especially when you look at the brilliant ideas that successful writers have come up with. Where do those ideas come from? Here are the ways that prolific and creative writers are able to come up with great ideas – and develop them into pure genius.

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"It Must Be Nice:" The Biggest Lie of Success

"It Must Be Nice:" The Biggest Lie of Success

Successful writers seem to have the perfect lives, right? They get to write every day and get paid handsomely to do it. But behind the scenes, there are sacrifices and struggles that maybe you haven't considered. Here's why you can't put any writer's life on a pedestal.

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