Articles about productivity

11 Types of Queries that Win Writing Assignments

by Jennifer Xue Aug 09, 2018

11 Types of Queries that Win Writing Assignments

A freelance writer is an entrepreneur, one who's responsible for generating new leads, getting clients, and producing deliverables. For this, you need to make yourself known to editors and corporate clients. One of the proven methods is pitching.

In this article, we'll discuss the 11 types of query e-mails to send out based on the types of publication and their business status.

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The Pros and Cons of Writing for a Content Mill

by Jennifer Xue Jul 27, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Writing for a Content Mill

Starting out as a freelance writer requires more than a strong determination. You may need to accept low-paying assignments just to break into the profession. For this reason, many new writers work for content mills. Despite its bad reputation, there are actually some pros in writing for these companies.

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How I Write While on the Go

by Justin Cox Jul 17, 2018

How I Write While on the Go

Traveling, even that for work, enriches our lives and provides ample material for our writing. The key is to capture those moments without getting overwhelmed in the moment. Making timely notes means your writing will grow, as will your ability to reflect on the experience.

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How to Create and Stick to a Writing Schedule

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

How to Create and Stick to a Writing Schedule

The key to a productive writing life is scheduling. In this article, we break down how to boost your writing productivity by creating and sticking to a schedule. Warning: some math required!

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Why You Should Limit Your Writing Hours

by Kathy Edens Jun 25, 2018

Why You Should Limit Your Writing Hours

Should you spend all day writing? Or should you structure your time? Author Kathy Edens examines the benefits of limiting your writing time.

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Free Writer Software

by Hayley Milliman Jun 18, 2018

Free Writer Software

Edit your work more easily and effectively with ProWritingAid's free writer software.

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Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

by Zara Altair Jun 01, 2018

Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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The Little-Known Secret to a Successful Freelance Business

by Abidemi Sanusi Mar 26, 2018

The Little-Known Secret to a Successful Freelance Business

The truth is, it’s possible to ‘win’; to have a profitable writing business. You just need one thing. Yes, just the one.

Can you guess what that thing is?

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7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

by Justin Cox Mar 26, 2018

7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

Legendary writing advice from a legendary comedian. Jerry Seinfeld has a lot to teach writers of all genres.

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Nonfiction Rules! 8 Reasons Why You Should Write Nonfiction Books

by Stephanie Chandler Mar 14, 2018

Nonfiction Rules! 8 Reasons Why You Should Write Nonfiction Books

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I wrote my first short story in the second grade, so naturally, I assumed I would someday write The Great American Novel. But when I sat down to tackle the task, it turned out that fiction wasn’t my strength, and that’s putting it mildly. I had to face reality—I completely lacked the imagination needed to write compelling stories.

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How to Create Your Best Writer’s Life

by Kathy Edens Mar 12, 2018

How to Create Your Best Writer’s Life

Writing is a business like any other. You’re creating a product you hope customers will buy and fall in love with. That way, you can continue creating new products people want. Regardless if you’re a fiction writer or a copywriter, you run your own business. And you must approach it like a business if you want to be successful.

Fiction writers who understand the publishing industry and what readers want will thrive. Copywriters who can engage and compel readers to act will succeed. Both must become master marketers to promote their business and make money.

Here are the building blocks of a solid business that will help you create your best writer’s life.

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Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

The Writer’s Life is fantastic, isn’t it? Nothing better than setting your own hours, working when you want, and taking time off when you need it. It’s all bliss, rainbows, and unicorns.

Not that I want to shatter your illusions, but there are five good reasons why I’m not writing this from the beach. Here's the truth about freelance writing and vacations.

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Where Has Your Day Gone? 7 Time Management Tools for Writers

by Sylvia Giltner Feb 06, 2018

Where Has Your Day Gone? 7 Time Management Tools for Writers

Freelance writing can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are times when the work and the deadlines are almost unmanageable. Then there are those slow times, when other work can be done – updating a website, writing more posts for a personal blog, revising social media profiles, bookkeeping, etc. Use these apps to make the most of your time.

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How to Become a Better Copywriter

by ProWritingAid Jan 17, 2018

How to Become a Better Copywriter

It seems everywhere you turn, someone has an opinion on how easy—or hard—becoming a better copywriter is.

Where does that leave you?

Here are the best practices that every copywriter can agree are most important to master if you want to call yourself a good copywriter.

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Take a FREE copy of our newest ebook: "Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter"

by Lisa Lepki Jan 17, 2018

Take a FREE copy of our newest ebook: "Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter"

Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter is our way of tipping our hat to all those who earn a good living as a copywriter. Years of copywriting experience went into each chapter of this book. We hope you find nuggets of gold in these pages.

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Why 2018 is the Year for Writers

by Kathy Edens Jan 08, 2018

Why 2018 is the Year for Writers

In 2018, people will consume more content than ever before. Books in any form are the gateway to learning and knowledge. The most successful business men and women set aside time daily for reading both non-fiction and fiction.

To tap into the new wave of opportunities for writers in 2018, here are 4 trends to watch.

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Becoming a Freelance Writer Can Be Easier Than You Think

by Noemi Twigg Dec 07, 2017

Becoming a Freelance Writer Can Be Easier Than You Think

A freelance writing career offers some of the greatest freedom of any job. You can do it anywhere, on a schedule that works for you.

For some people, however, the idea of not having a stable source of income holds them back. As much as they want to become a full-time freelance writer and enjoy all its benefits, the thought of not receiving a paycheck on a regular basis is too much.

Are you one of them? Do you have that fear? Is it holding you back from becoming a full-time freelance writer?

If so, then here's a little pep talk for you.

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Fixing First Draft Problems: 6 questions to ask

by Bridget McNulty Dec 07, 2017

Fixing First Draft Problems: 6 questions to ask

Learning how to write a book is a many-stepped process – finding a story idea you love, outlining, drafting, rewriting and editing. Although you will encounter challenges during your first draft, asking good questions and acting on your answers will help you keep focused and finish:

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Don’t be Afraid to Spend a Little Money Investing in Your Writing

by Richard Bertin Nov 26, 2017

Don’t be Afraid to Spend a Little Money Investing in Your Writing

If you are an aspiring writer, chances are you’ve read the same advice from countless productivity blogs on how to become a better writer such as keeping a journal, writing each day, and minimizing distractions. However, there’s one piece of advice I’ve yet to hear and I think is very helpful to embrace: don’t fear investing money into your writing.

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Don’t Go Alone! Take a Cowriter

by Jessie Smith Nov 25, 2017

Don’t Go Alone! Take a Cowriter

I have known my cowriter for six years. It’s a long story full of coincidences and serendipity, but it completely changed my writing process. I rely on her in so many ways.

We both wrote on an anonymous writing website where we worked on stories under pseudonyms. My cowriter and I met in the typical way: she reviewed my chapter, and out of common courtesy, I reviewed hers in return. We liked each other’s work, so we continued to follow and review, and we eventually started private messaging. Even then, we mostly talked about our writing, but over time, we started getting to know each other beyond our pseudonyms.

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