How to Make Sure Freelance Writing Doesn’t Ruin Your Life

Ever been in this situation? You’ve got a shitload of work to do, but you’re putting it off just because, you know — procrastination. But the longer you put it off, the higher the pile gets, and the more you sit around fretting about your work but not actually doing it. And the worst part? […]

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How I Can Instantly Tell Who’s Going to Be a Successful Freelance Writer

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I teach a lot of people how to become freelance writers. Some of them want me to reassure them they’re good enough writers. Some ask me questions about every tiny detail to make sure they’re doing it right. Some do their homework on the first day and some (*cough*most*cough*) leave it till the last minute. […]

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The Number 1 Sign You’re a Professional

I could talk about integrity right now, or talent, or good communication skills. Confidence, punctuality, ability to meet deadlines. Even initiative, being a ‘team member’, and all that other crap you used to write on your CV. (Because you don’t need a CV any more, amirite? Huzzah!) But the thing is, all of those things […]

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How to Make Your Writing Slick as Fuck

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I’m about to share with you my number one tip for improving your writing tenmillionfold. Yes, TENMILLIONFOLD. It’s very simple, but most people find it hard to do. Many people just can’t do it. Are you ready? Here it is: Cut out ALL unnecessary words. Use the fewest words possible to convey your meaning. Brutally […]

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11 Signs Your Client is a Bit of a Tosspot

Not all clients are great clients. If your clients do any of these things, there’s a strong chance they fall into the tosspot category: Bring Agreed-Upon Deadlines Forward It’s as if signing a contract means NOTHING to them. Quietly Add Extra Work to the Project Without Expecting You to Charge More Commonly known as ‘scope […]

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What I Love About My Work and This Lifestyle

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As I write this, I’m sat in my friend’s garden in California enjoying the 30 degree sunshine (that’s 88 fahrenheit to my American friends) and the cool breeze blowing through. The birds are singing, the dogs are running around, and I am barefoot (something I so very rarely get to be in Scotland). And this […]

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