On Writing: How Much Description is TOO Much?

I started reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn last year, and god, it was dense. Now, I am not someone who perseveres through books she’s not enjoying. I will dump that shit faster than my boyfriend the day before Valentine’s Day. (Side note: I like the 10% rule. If you’re not interested by 10%, put the book down and move on. Also applies to boyfriends, probably.) But this book had […]

9 Popular Bits of Online Business Advice I Gleefully Ignore

Jesus Christ, there is SO MUCH online business advice out there. Some of it’s good, a lot of it’s shit, and most of it is regurgitated crap you’ve read 673 times before. Today I’ve decided to share a few of the main pieces of advice out there that I gleefully ignore, in the order that you are probably supposed to do them in. 1. Offer a free multi-day email course […]

How to Not Instantly Forget All the Shit You Learn

Do you ever feel like there is just TOO MUCH TO LEARN? Which sucks, because you want to be smarter and, you know, intelligible in conversations over dinner. And so you try to devour everything as quickly as you can to make time for it all. Or, at least, you feel like you should devour as much as you can as quickly as you can. Well, I’m sorry to tell […]

Losing Motivation to Follow Your Dream? Try This.

Do you constantly scour the web looking for the next inspiring article to encourage you to go after your dreams, chase your passions, do what you love – and then promptly flip the kettle on, grab the cookies, and hunt down the next inspirational article? Yeah. You need to stop that. The occasional dose of inspiration is fine, sure. If you’ve hit a low point and need a kick up […]

Unproductive at Home? 4 Steps to Make Your Home Office Work for You

Completely separating work from home sounds nice in theory, doesn’t it? When you’re at home, you can relax. When you’re at your chosen work space, wherever that may be, you get shit done. But the main problem here is that when you rely on an external place to do your work, you’re also at the mercy of external factors. Here are a few things that can throw you off: There […]

How to Write Quickly: My Writing Process

I finished reading Still Writing by Dani Shapiro a little while back. I learned a lot from that book and, as I was reading it, I got the impression that Dani and I are very different types of writer (and, for that matter, different types of people). Here’s something Dani had to say about writing that just did not click with me: Let’s face it: most of us are perfectionists. […]

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Sending Cold Email Pitches

If you’re not getting responses to your cold emails, it’s highly likely you’re making one of these dumb mistakes. Or maybe all of them! Either way, you need to fix them if you want to get better results. 1. Forgetting to Replace Template Details If you work from a template message when you email leads, you’ll probably have things like INSERT NAME HERE and [cute detail about lead here] scattered […]

Why You Need to Back Up Your Shit (and How to Do It)

If you’ve visited Untamed Writing over the past few days, you may have noticed it’s been, er, absent. I first noticed on Monday afternoon that the site wasn’t loading properly. Occasionally it would appear, but usually? No dice. I had a Skype call with a client that afternoon, and I figured the problem would have resolved itself by the time the call ended. It hadn’t. And it still hadn’t over […]

How to Set Up a Professional Email Address

When you start out as a freelancer, every element of how you present yourself is important. If you have an ugly website, people will think you’re an amateur. If your punctuation and spelling and grammar are all over the fucking place, people will think you’re an amateur. If you’re wearing sunglasses and necking a beer in the profile pic you have plastered across the web, people will think you’re an […]

3 Things to Do Before You Start Working with a Copywriting Client

When you’re a new freelance writer you may be tempted to dive into a project straight away, no questions asked, because you’re terrified the client will change their mind about working with you, or, worse, ‘find you out’ (omg, you’re new to this?!). You don’t want to do anything that would give you away as a newbie, so you pretend like everything’s cool, you’ve got this handled, and you’ll definitely […]