June 28th, 2013
On-line work for freelance writers is becoming more popular by the day. These sites generally fall into one of two categories:
1. Sites where people (individuals and organisations, including magazines and newspapers) post their requirements as a ‘job’ and you, as an individual, have to make a pitch to win the work, and
2. Sites where you submit your own writing work, sometimes on themes requested by the site or third parties and sometimes whatever you like, and then sit back and wait for the work to be sold. These sites either use your work on other websites where the subject itself drives traffic and creates an income from associated advertising, or they’re picked up and used in other publications that pay a fee. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 26th, 2013
In a nutshell – yes! In fact, anyone who writes needs the services of a proofreader, including people who think they can write error free. Why? Because the human brain is a tricky customer. When you’ve written something, it’s really hard for you to see any errors. This is simply because you are too near to it, and your brain will insert the correct punctuation, word or whatever’s needed, because it thinks, or knows, it should be there. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 21st, 2013
First, thanks to Iain for last week’s blog. We won’t be hearing from him again for a while as he’ll be too busy reading through all the short stories that have been sent in for the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition – trying to winnow the wheat from the chaff to reveal this year’s worthy winners. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 20th, 2013
This is an important question to consider. Why? Because freelancing is not a good option for everyone! You have to have a certain frame of mind to be a freelancer; that frame of mind is one of confidence. When you decide to become freelance, you have to have faith in your ability to: Read the rest of this entry »
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June 14th, 2013
In my last blog I urged writers who are entering the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition to aim for a plot that is fresh, unexpected and timeless. I warned against falling into the trap of relying upon a hackneyed, overused theme or dramatic device. Innovation was key, I said – create either a storyline that no-one has ever seen before, or a radically re-imagined take on an old standard. Read the rest of this entry »
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