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Want to Improve Your Writing? Stop Keeping Yourself Small!

In my last article, Why Are Writers So Susceptible to Toxic Ideas About Creativity? I talked about how easy it is to fall prey to the never-ending anxiety loops of the brain when we are disconnected from our own hearts. When you’re almost totally in the brain space, writing becomes much harder than it needs to be.

If this is you, you’ll know this is you, because writing just isn’t any fun anymore. It feels difficult and fills you with dread and makes you feel badly about yourself. This is the result of letting the brain run your creative show, and there is another result that is rarely talked about, but has an extremely damaging effect on writers.

This is the fact that when you become prey to the constant worry and anxiety loops in your brain, the natural response is to shrink and contract in fear. So, what ends up happening is that you are shrinking and contracting on such a constant basis that you end up working from an orientation of smallness in the world.

“Working from an orientation of smallness,” means that you pull your energy in, all the time, and as a habitual response to the world. This is different from the periodic recharging that is normal and healthy for so many introverts. Working from an orientation of smallness is a defensive and protective reactionary response that is unconscious and debilitating. Simply put, it keeps you small and it keeps your creativity suppressed.

I talk more about this in-depth in the video below:

I’m launching a new video course, called the Joyful Writer, in just a couple of days, and one of the core concepts I’ll be teaching in this course is how to use different visualizations and interactive exercises to shift yourself from an orientation of smallness to joyful expansion.

If this video in the series is speaking to you, make sure you sign up for my mailing list HERE to get all the updates and announcements on the new course.

Also, make sure you check the first two videos in the series for more info

Video #1: One of the Biggest (and Most Dangerous) Myths in the Writing Community

Video #2: Why Are Writers So Susceptible to Toxic Ideas About Creativity?

As mentioned, I’ll be launching the course in the next couple of days. Please send any questions you might have about the course HERE. I would love to get them answered before the launch and no question is too big or too small.

See you soon!

Lauren Sapala is the author of  The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with writing. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book on creative marketing for INFJ and INFP writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy of  Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.

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Why Are Writers So Susceptible to Toxic Ideas About Creativity?

In my last article, One of the Biggest (and Most Dangerous) Myths in the Writing Community, I talked about the dangerous idea that is so prevalent in the writing community that “creativity has to be hard.” This idea is so dangerous because it stresses writers out to the point where they are totally consumed with anxiety and they then bring a ton of resistance to their writing projects, or can’t write at all.

Today, I’m talking about WHY we are so susceptible to this toxic belief and why it can be so hard to uproot it from our creative practice, like a tenacious weed that just won’t let go.

The reason is because, as a society, we are almost wholly dependent on our brains. We use our brains to navigate our world, interpret all information, and make every decision, very rarely ever checking in with our hearts. We have been programmed and trained to operate in this way from an early age, and if we do, by chance, happen to be a person who has broken out of this way of doing things and has tried to find greater balance by reconnecting with our heart, we are usually shamed in some way, and told we are “too idealistic,” “too sensitive,” and made to feel that we’re even possibly just slightly stupid.

So, in order to get with the program and stay with the herd, most of us are accustomed to shutting down our hearts and letting our brains completely run the show.

The only problem with this is that our brains are specifically trained to identify threats and problems in the environment, and if they are not balanced with heart energy, brains can escalate quickly into a habitual pattern of worry and repetitive negative thought loops.

I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m launching a new video course, called the Joyful Writer, in a just a few days. It’s all about the difference between brain energy and heart energy, and how you can bring the two back into balance so that you can free yourself from the dysfunctional relationship you’ve had with your own creativity up until this point.

If this video in the series is speaking to you, make sure you sign up for my mailing list HERE to get all the updates and announcements on the new course.

Also, make sure you check out the first video in the series: One of the Biggest (and Most Dangerous) Myths in the Writing Community for more information on this topic.

I’ll see you in the next couple of days with the third and final video. In the meantime, please send any questions you might have about the course HERE. I would love to get them answered before the launch.

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with writing. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book on creative marketing for INFJ and INFP writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy of Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.

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How To Write The Perfect Father’s Day Message | Writer’s Relief

How To Write The Perfect Father’s Day Message | Writer’s Relief

Father’s Day is this Sunday! And even when you’re a writer, sometimes it’s hard to come up with the right words. If you want to give your dad—or the person who was a father figure to you—a big pat on the back with some kind words, Writer’s Relief found an article on southernliving.com that can help. Here are some of the best ways to fill in a blank card and get the message across:

  • To the one I still think of first when I have a question or need support or advice, Happy Father’s Day!
  • Fathers and kids may not always see eye to eye, but they always see heart to heart. I am truly grateful to have you in my life.
  • Grandpa, you’ve always told the best stories and the funniest jokes. I hope they never end.
  • You may be new to it, but I can say for sure that you’re a natural at this ‘daddy’ thing.”

See the full list of Father’s Day sentiments here.

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Find 30 Minutes To Write, Even On A Busy Day | Writer’s Relief

Find 30 Minutes To Write, Even On A Busy Day | Writer’s Relief

Life can be busy! There’s the lawn to mow, meals to prepare, your day job, diaper duty, and a million other things that can get in the way of sitting down to write on a regular schedule. Fortunately, the time-management experts at Writer’s Relief have some smart ideas that will help you find 30 minutes to write, even on a busy day. Check out these great tips!

How To Find 30 Minutes To Write On A Busy Day

Time management is a constant challenge for writers, especially when so many other tasks are vying for your attention. Too often, writing gets pushed aside with promises to yourself of “I’ll do it tomorrow.” But then tomorrow comes, along with a new list of tasks to get done. Whether it’s once a day or once a week, it’s important to stick to your writing schedule. Your writing is a worthy task and deserves its scheduled time! The best way to make sure you have some time to write on a busy day is to ferret out all the little ways you lose time—and don’t even realize it’s happening.

Get Organized

The more organized you are, the less time you’ll waste frantically searching for your keys, your wallet, or your tennis racket. Keep things in assigned places so you know exactly where they are and don’t lose precious minutes running in circles. Deciding what to ditch and what to keep on your writing desk will also help you find exactly what you need when you’re ready to start work on your short story, essay, poem, or chapter of your novel.

Eliminate Sneaky Time-Stealers

Keep a time log for a week broken down into fifteen-minute increments so you can capture the time-stealing activities you don’t even realize you’re doing. Email, social media, cleaning, and interruptions are just a few time-stealers we actually can control. Set certain times for these activities and stick to those schedules. You can also use downtime that occurs during your day to squeeze in these tasks so your writing time remains untouched.

When you review your time log, you’ll also discover how much time you lose while surfing the Internet to watch cute cat videos, playing games on your smartphone, or scrolling through your newsfeed. Stop these time-draining activities and you’ll be surprised at how much more time you have available for writing!

Use Technology

This tip may seem counterintuitive to writers, but technology can help you find more time to write. Installing software like Grammarly or using your smartphone or tablet as a portable writing tool can help you sneak more writing time into your day. You can also use the Internet productively to cut down on hours of research. Whether you need grammar tips, or to research your story’s setting, or want to check out a list of great names for your protagonist, websites with the answers are only a click away.

Waiting for your doctor’s appointment? Timing batches of cookies in the oven? Use this found time to either do research or check your emails so the task is finished and won’t interfere with your scheduled writing time. You can jot down ideas for your latest writing project or make some quick edits. Grabbing a few minutes throughout your day is an easy way to reclaim thirty minutes of newfound writing time!

Determine Your Most Productive Time Of Day

Knowing when you’re most productive can help you decide what time of day is best for writing and other tasks. If you’re a night owl, trying to write before breakfast will likely result in you snoozing next to your coffee cup. Likewise, an early bird will be hard-pressed to write volumes after midnight. Matching your energy level to your task will allow you to get more done in the allotted time frame. This quick quiz will help you zero in on your best time of day to focus on writing: Self-Test: What’s Your Best Time Of Day To Write?

One Last Tip…

An easy way to gain more writing time in your day is to hire experts to handle the busywork of making your writing submissions. Who? Writer’s Relief! We can’t help with diaper duty or lawn care, but we can do all the research needed to find you the very best markets for your work while you simply focus on writing.

Question: What’s your go-to tip for finding more time to write during the day?

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The Poetry Writing Marathon: Write A Poem Every Hour! | Writer’s Relief

The Poetry Writing Marathon: Write A Poem Every Hour! | Writer’s Relief

Think you can write twenty-four poems in twenty-four hours? Then charge your laptop battery, stockpile your snacks, make a big pot of coffee, and get ready to put in some serious poetry writing time! The research experts at Writer’s Relief have learned that registration for the 2021 Poetry Writing Marathon ends June 19 and the marathon starts on June 26. Here’s what you need to know to participate in the Poetry Writing Marathon.

The 2021 Poetry Writing Marathon

The 2021 Poetry Writing Marathon begins June 26 at 9:00 a.m. EST and runs until June 27, 9:00 a.m. EST. This is an international event, so there will be participants from all around the world. Participants will attempt to write one poem each hour for twenty-four hours. The poetry forms you use are up to you—and you can write poems in more than one style. Prompts will be posted each hour, but you don’t have to use them if you find yourself inspired by your own ideas or writing prompts. Registration for the 2021 Poetry Writing Marathon ends on June 19, so be sure to sign up soon if you want to officially participate.

If writing for twenty-four hours straight feels like a bit much, the challenge is also divided into two half-marathons. Poets who complete the entire challenge will have written twenty-four new poems—basically an entire chapbook! An anthology will be created based on the poems submitted to the website.

Important Note: Participants will be posting their poems on the official website. But keep this in mind: Many literary journals will consider a poem that has appeared on the Internet as previously published. Therefore, any poems you post on the website for the marathon may not be eligible for submission to literary journals.

You might want to consider trying a poetry marathon “unofficially” if you want to ensure you can submit any poems to literary journals. Rather than signing up, you can simply have your own personal poetry writing marathon using random writing prompts from the Poetry Marathon website—but not post any of your poems to the website.

If twenty-four or even twelve hours seems like too much, you can create your own mini poetry writing marathon. We have lots of great poetry prompts to help you get started: 125 Of The Best Poetry Writing Prompts For Poets.

Why Attempt A Poetry Marathon Challenge?

A challenge like the Poetry Marathon can help you bust through writer’s block and kick-start your creativity. When you only have an hour to write your poem, the looming deadline will push you through any mental obstacles that have been holding you back.

The marathon is also a perfect opportunity to try new poetic styles! Writing twenty-four poems in twenty-four hours means you’ll have twenty-four opportunities to experiment. Change the style of your writing based on the different writing prompts and inspiration: haiku, couplets, sonnets, free verse, rhyming, or whatever other type of poetry you might want to try!

And when you’re ready to submit your poetry to literary journals for publication, we can help you target the best markets for your work. Learn more about Writer’s Relief and our services here.

 

Question: What form of poetry do you write?

 

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One of the Biggest (and Most Dangerous) Myths in the Writing Community

One of the biggest things I see all writers struggle with is the idea that creativity has to be hard.

Sometimes I see this in the way a writer works. They might set themselves up on a schedule—trying to meet a high word count every day, for example—at which they are bound to fail. Or they beat themselves up mercilessly for the messiness and flaws that they see in their first draft. Sometimes it’s more hidden, and while the writer might be trying to stay cheerful on the outside while they meet all their rigorous writing goals, on the inside they feel horrible because their inner critic is lashing out at them for not being productive enough, or original enough, or just plain good enough.

When writers who are struggling turn to the online world of writing for help with these types of problems, they usually only find a lot of blogs and articles that reinforce the very feelings that are making them feel so bad about themselves. There is just so much stuff out there telling us that creativity is not supposed to be fun, that creativity is work and you have to treat it like a job, or that we should always have an eye on how productive we are. We should track our word counts, days devoted to writing, number of rejection letters, and that we should take pride in feeling beaten down and discouraged because, on top of everything else, growing a thick skin is also something that a real writer has to learn to do, even if it’s unbearably painful.

This is all complete nonsense.

Creativity does not have to be hard. And in fact, the harder you feel it is for you, the less you will want to do it. The more you buy into this bullshit belief that you have push yourself and discipline yourself and that’s what “real artists do,” the more miserable you will be. Instead of coming to the page with excitement and enthusiasm, you will show up feeling insanely stressed out with anxiety, and with loads of resistance on top of that.

It’s not enjoyable and there’s not the least bit of fun in it. And it’s absolutely not necessary to approach writing in this way.

However, most writers are so caught up in all the stress and anxiety that they never stop to pause and ask themselves where they even got the idea that creativity has to be hard in the first place. They haven’t slowed down long enough to examine the energy and source behind that idea, and others like it, and if they did, they would find out a few very surprising things.

I talk more in-depth about this in the video below. Where ideas like this come from and how we can pull back the mask and see this idea for what it truly is:

I’m launching a new video course in the next week or so, called the Joyful Writer, based on the live class I taught in May 2021. My students in the class experienced huge breakthroughs around their writing and creative practice as a result of that class, and I wanted to put everything together for those who need something that will work with a busy schedule and limited time.

If the video above resonated with you, make sure you sign up for my mailing list HERE to get all the updates and announcements about the new course.

I’ll see you in a just a couple of days with the next video in this series. In the meantime, please send any questions you might have about the course HERE. I would love to get them answered before the launch.

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with writing. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book on creative marketing for INFJ and INFP writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy of Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.

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Euerergetism, Paraprosdokian, and Organleptic

By Maeve Maddox

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These three words have nothing to do with each other. They’re just interesting.

Euerergetism
The first time I encountered euerergetism may have been in an article about Boris Johnson before he was Britain’s prime minister.

While Mayor of London, Johnson declared that Britain needed “a greater sense of eurergetism.” A classical scholar, he was familiar with the use of the term to describe the ancient practice of benefaction by wealthy Greeks and Romans, but he was also looking back at Victorian times when wealthy businessmen felt a sense of duty to share their wealth with the public. According to Johnson, “In those times people really thought it was disgraceful not to endow schools and hospitals and libraries.”

Similar to philanthropy, euerergetism is a term for public gift-giving by wealthy Greeks and Romans in ancient times. The difference is that philanthropy refers to the giving alone, while euerergetism includes public honors bestowed upon the givers. Examples of such honors would include naming schools and hospital wings after the benefactor or erecting a statue. Both words derive from Greek:

philanthropy: “the love of humankind”
eueregetism: “I do good things”

Not yet to be found in either the Oxford English Dictionary or Merriam-Webster, eueregetism may be a word whose time has come. When a few individuals have been able to amass funds greater than those held by many world governments, a clear need has arisen for them to share their enormous wealth with the societies from which they have drawn it.

Paraprosdokian
This word names a literary device, a figure of speech in which the end of a sentence, phrase, stanza or other unit ends in an unexpected way. The surprise may be humorous, shocking, or anticlimactic.

The term is from Greek words for against and expectation. A twentieth century neologism, the word is not in the OED, but appeared in print as early as 1891.

Many quotations attributed to Groucho Marx made frequent use of paraprosdokian:

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know.

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

Henny Youngman’s “Take my wife—please!” is another example, as is Rodney Dangerfield’s “My uncle’s dying wish was to have me sit in his lap; he was in the electric chair.”

Alexander Pope uses the device in opening stanza of The Rape of the Lock. He sets the scene at Hampton Court in the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1707):

Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea.

In this example, the result is anticlimax.
(Note: In Pope’s day, the word tea rhymed not with bee, but with bay.)

Organoleptic
This is an adjective to describe the use of sense organs or senses, especially of smell and taste.

Its olives yield an extra virgin olive oil featuring extraordinary chemical and organoleptic qualities.

The sucrose accumulated in the beans is one of the organoleptic compounds in coffee.

In the food industry garlic batches are frequently investigated by organoleptic testing using a trained panel of human experts.

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A Word Count Guide for 18 Book Genres: Memoirs, Children’s Books and Non-Fiction Novels

“My memoir is 270,000 words long.”

I heard these words during a breakout session I led at a local writers conference.

An editor friend of mine, Shayla Eaton with Curiouser Editing, was sitting in on the breakout. We gave each other knowing glances, and because I didn’t want to break this poor memoirist’s literary heart, I nodded at Shayla to take the lead. Soonafter I heard someone mention the words in a novel, I held my breathe and let the moment pass.

As nicely but as directly as she could, she explained to the memoirist that a 270,000-word memoir was excessive. Even if she self-publishes, the cost per copy would be high, and few readers would slog through such a tome — particularly for someone who’s not famous.

And no agents or publishers would even look past that number.

The prose could be as fleet-footed as Fitzgerald’s. The life story could be as compelling as Lincoln’s. The platform could be as broad as Oprah’s. But no agent would get to know that because they’d see “Memoir: 270,000 words” and hit delete before reading any further.

So, what word count should a memoir be? 

For that matter, how long should any book be? How many words are in a typical novel? What’s the ideal book word count? 

If you’re writing your first novel or any book, you’re probably asking these questions.

The short answer is: long enough to tell the story but short enough to consistently hold the reader’s interest.

The long answer is, well, longer.

Why does novel words count matter?

Word count matters because every book, regardless of genre, has an inherent contract with the reader. But that contract is dependent upon the book’s genre.

For instance, when a reader picks up a thriller, they have certain expectations of what they’re about to read. That includes scenes like “the hero at the mercy of the villain,” but it also includes book length. Because thrillers are about pulse-pounding action and maybe some character development (especially if it’s part of a series), the word count isn’t massive. Thrillers tend to be 70,000 to 90,000 words.

If you’re not a thriller author, I won’t keep you in suspense. At the end of this article, you’re going to find a guide to suggested word count length for most every popular genre.

My point is that your genre will likely dictate your word count. There are exceptions, like YA books that exceed 250,000 words, but those tend to be outliers, and first-time authors rarely, if ever, get to be an outlier.

Additionally, knowing your word count before you start writing can help you better plan your narrative arc as well as your writing schedule.

How many words in a novel?

And what’s the average length of other types of books?

Before diving into the specifics of genre-based word counts, let’s look at the broader picture of average book length.

For most publishers, a book is “novel-length” when it’s between 50,000 and 110,000 words.

At a writers conference I recently attended, publishing veteran Jane Friedman said 80,000 words is good for most fiction, below 60,000 isn’t novel length territory, and above 120,000 is likely too much.

Writer’s Digest recommends 80,000 to 89,999 words as a “100% safe range for literary, mainstream, women’s, romance, mystery, suspense, thriller and horror.” That’s approximately 300 pages of double-spaced type.

In “Outlining Your Book in 3 Easy Steps,” editor Shawn Coyne says, “The average novel today is about 90,000 words. Big, epic stories get anywhere from 120,000 to 200,000 words.” But, he also mentions that “The Wizard of Oz was 40,000 words. The Old Man and the Sea was about 25 to 30,000 words, tops.”

Coyne uses the Nanowrimo word-count length of 50,000 words for his examples, calling 50,000 words a good foundation to build upon.

So what does that mean for you, author?

If you’re working on a novel-length book, aim for 50,000 words at the very least — but it’s better to aim for 90,000. Editorial trimming is inevitable.

However, you’ll also want to take your genre into account.

What should my book word count be?

The following are average word-count ranges by genre.

General Fiction Word Counts

Fiction Genres Word Counts

  • Mainstream Romance: 70,000–100,000 words
  • Subgenre Romance: 40,000–100,000 words
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy: 90,000–120,000 (and sometimes 150,000) words
  • Historical Fiction: 80,000–100,000
  • Thrillers / Horror / Mysteries / Crime: 70,000–90,000 words
  • Young Adult: 50,000–80,000

Children’s Books Word Counts

  • Picture Books: 300–800 words
  • Early Readers: 200–3500 words
  • Chapter Books: 4000–10,000 words
  • Middle Grade: 25,000–40,000 words

Nonfiction Word Counts

  • Standard Nonfiction (Business, Political Science, Psychology, History, etc.): 70,000–80,000 words
  • Memoir: 80,000–100,000 words
  • Biography: 80,000–200,000 words
  • How-to / Self-Help: 40,000–50,000 words

All of these are average book word count ranges and should not be taken as the definitive word count you must reach in your book. We all know of outliers within each genre that have been published well under, or well over, these word counts.

Use these numbers as a baseline for your writing goals.

Know what readers expect in terms of your genre’s word count (even if the reader isn’t aware of their expectations when it comes to how long a book is).

How many words per page can you expect in a book? 

This is another common question, and for most writers it should be easy to answer by using a “word count” feature in your writing tool.

If you’re writing in Microsoft Word,”word count” is an option under “Tools.” Prefer something different? Here’s how to find word count in Google Docs. You can also track word count in Scrivener.

The average single-spaced document typed in 12-point font contains about 500 words per page, but that can vary pretty drastically depending on your formatting.

So, if you have an hour to write and aim to get down 300 words, you might wonder, how many pages is 300 words — and the answer is less than one! Doable, right?

If you’re thinking bigger and wondering, for example, how many pages is 50,000 words, simply divide your target word count (50,000) by 500 (since that’s the average words per page). Your answer here is 100 pages.

Don’t let those commas instill fear. Fifty thousand words isn’t that much divided into five days a week for a year. That’s only 193 words per writing day!

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20 Online Gold Mines for Finding Well Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

Writing is awesome. And getting paid for writing? Well, that’s the dream.

Of course, making it happen isn’t always easy. Finding freelance writing jobs can be challenging even for experienced writers, and breaking into the business is downright difficult.

One of the biggest obstacles for writers attempting to get paid for their work is finding legitimate, paid, online writing jobs. It’s all too easy to stumble across freelance writing “gigs” that offer little more than exposure — which doesn’t put money in the bank.

So where should you look for online writing jobs?

Fortunately, some reliable resources for finding online writing jobs do actually pay. 

In this post, we’ll share few of our favorites. Here are some of the best places to find freelance writing jobs online:

1. Freelance Writers Den

A great resource for freelancers, Carol Tice’s membership site is so much more than a job board; for $25/month, you get access to more than 300 hours of “bootcamps” that teach you how to make money as a freelance writer and hundreds of forums where you can get any question answered. Whether you want to listen to her members-only podcast, access the 24/7 community of writers or check out video and audio training materials, the den has everything a freelancer needs to grow their career — all in one place. Plus, Carol’s team posts new listings in their Junk-Free Job Board twice a week. 

If you’re serious about freelancing, this is worth considering. Here’s our full Freelance Writers Den review if you want more details.

2. FlexJobs

One of the top job boards for remote work, FlexJobs enables you to create a custom job search profile to meet your specific needs. Select your categories (there are several under “Writing”), your preferred work schedule, your experience level and more to hone down your search results to those that best fit the freelance writer job you’re looking for. You can also set alerts so you’re notified when new jobs matching your search criteria are posted. 

A subscription is $6.95/week, $14.95/month, $29.95 for three months or $49.95/year. Here’s a search for “writer” jobs if you want to try it.

3. SolidGigs

SolidGigs is part job board, part productivity tool. Why? Because their team literally saves you hours of scouring job boards. They hand-pick the best gigs from around the web and compile them into a weekly email, including remote opportunities. 

It’s $19/month to subscribe, and they offer a trial month for just $2. Along with curated job opportunities, you’ll also get access to business training courses and hundreds of lessons on freelancing and interviews with successful freelancers.

4. Opportunities of the Week

Sonia Weiser’s bi-weekly newsletter has become a must-have for freelance writers. She gathers dozens of calls for pitches from Twitter and emails them to her community twice a week. She offers the service through Patreon, where she asks for a membership contribution of up to $10 (and also offers sponsorships for those who can’t afford it). If you can only make a one-time contribution, she provides an option for that, too.

In addition to freelance writing jobs, she includes career advice, resources on how much different outlets pay, and other helpful links.

5. Alexis Grant’s Database of Writers

The founder of The Write Life, Alexis Grant, has spent her career building writing teams. She often helps companies hire writers and editors, and she pulls candidates for those opportunities from her database of writers and editors. It’s free to join, just fill out this form.

This is for both freelance and full-time writing jobs. Alexis doesn’t guarantee placement, but once you’re in her database, she’ll contact you if you look like a fit for a writing opportunity.

6. Working In Content

A platform that’s still in its beta phase, Working In Content aims to connect organizations with passionate content professionals. As a bonus, it values diversity, equity and inclusion, and it encourages the employers it works with to do the same. 

Whether you’re a UX writer or a content strategist, this site is a great option to find work in content design, marketing, management and more. It offers full-time and contract roles that are either remote or in cities like Seattle, New York City and San Francisco.

Be sure to subscribe to its free newsletter that shares expert interviews, resources and job opportunities once a week.

7. Human Jobs

Human Jobs caters to humanities and liberal arts graduates, for example, individuals with degrees in English or history. The site features freelance writer jobs as well as full-time jobs.

Created in 2020 by a history PhD student at Oxford, it includes plenty of writing, content and communication roles.

8. ProBlogger Job Board

Created by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, an authority site on blogging, the ProBlogger job board features part- and full-time, contract and freelance writer jobs across a wide variety of locations, industries and writing specialties.  

Plus, given ProBlogger’s high profile in the blogosphere, it’s likely you can often find jobs posted by some big-time blogs and employers who have an idea what good writing is really worth. Besides content writing, it also lists a healthy dose of copywriting jobs.

9. Content Writing Jobs

This site content writing job board includes remote, freelance, contract and full-time jobs. To peruse these hand-picked writing opportunities, visit the site online, sign up for daily job alerts or subscribe to its paid newsletter that shares brand new openings once per week for $10/month. 

Another good resource: This site offers a content writing blog that features long-form interviews with prolific content writers, authors and founders who share tips of the trade.

10. Behance Creative Jobs

Powered by Adobe, Behance is an online platform for creative professionals to showcase their work, find inspiration and connect with companies looking to hire. 

Behance allows you to upload your past projects to quickly create a visually-pleasing online portfolio, making it a great resource for writers without a website. It has its own job board which you can browse to find your next career move or freelance writing job!

11. MediaBistro

MediaBistro is a great resource for media freelancers of all stripes, offering online courses, tools and information that can help you navigate your career.

Be sure to check out the freelance job board section of the site, as well, for a wide range of jobs for all experience levels from industries like TV, PR/marketing, magazine and book publishing and social media — a little something for everyone.

12. Morning Coffee Newsletter

This weekly e-newsletter from FreelanceWriting.com provides a nice compendium of freelance writing and editing jobs with competitive pay rates. 

With exclusive job opportunities as well as posts pulled from sites like Indeed and Craigslist, the job board consolidates a variety of gigs for everyone from newbie to seasoned freelancers. Save yourself the time of scouring numerous sites and let this newsletter bring the decent jobs right to your inbox.

13. Who Pays Writers?

Who Pays Writers? is a crowd-sourced list of publications that pay freelance writers — and it’s a gold mine. The list has hundreds of publications to explore; it not only shows you which publications are accepting submissions, it also tells you how much they pay per word. 

The site primarily offers writers a good research opportunity to learn how much different publications pay, but there are some online blogging opportunities as well (depending on the publication). Maintained by an anonymous volunteer collective, the list is updated monthly.

14. The Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs

Freelancer Sophie Lizard compiled a free ebook listing 75 blogs that pay $50 to $2,000 per post, broken down into sections like Writing Blogs, Food Blogs, etc. She also includes some good tips on how to approach these blogs, how to promote yourself once you’ve landed a post, and more. 

To get the ebook, add your email address to her newsletter list — you’ll also get free access to her money-making toolkit and more.

15. LinkedIn Jobs

If you’ve already got a LinkedIn profile (and you really should to attract new clients), don’t let it just sit there. Networking goes a long way in the freelance world, and LinkedIn is a great resource to do some networking through common connections.

While you’re doing that networking, check out the Jobs section and sign up for email alerts when jobs are posted that match your interests. Many will be location-based, but who’s to say you can’t approach these employers with a proposal for freelance writing services? Maybe they need someone to fill the gap in the hiring interim, or maybe the job could just as easily be done remotely but they hadn’t considered that. Talk about a different kind of pitch! 

16. Freelance Writing Jobs (FWJ)

This invaluable resource updates daily with online writing jobs scooped from around the ‘net. It’s also got a rich archive filled with posts offering all kinds of tips and insight for beginning and experienced freelancers alike.

Along with the daily blog posts, you can also check out the Freelance Writing Jobs Board, where those in need of copy services of all sorts post jobs on the regular.

17. Upwork

Although Upwork has a bit of a reputation for offering low-rate jobs, it’s definitely possible to find postings offering livable wages for writing jobs online. When this article was published, a job to write a finance/trading article for $500 and a ghostwriter gig for $600 were both listed. 

Plus, you get the added benefit of rate transparency: You know exactly what you’re going to get before you even put in the effort to read the full job description! If you’re curious about this platform, here’s a longer post on why one writer says upwork is legit.

18. Where to Pitch

This last one takes a little bit of forethought and footwork; instead of simply listing online writing jobs, Where to Pitch offers a list of potential venues when you type in a topic you’re interested in working on. If you’re willing to put in that effort, you’re bound to find some new publications to pitch.

You can also sign up for the Where to Pitch newsletter,  which gets you access to five real pitches that snagged the writer bylines in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Independent, Playboy and NPR.

19. Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners

If this list is helpful, you’ll get even more out of The Write Life’s ebook: 71 Ways to Earn as a Freelance Writer. We suggest dozens of different ways to earn income online as a writer, including information on how much each gig pays and tips for how to land those jobs. The bulk of the jobs we suggest are ones you can do from home. 

The ebook is just $19, so landing just one freelance assignment will cover your investment (and then some!).

20. JournalismJobs.com

Offering full-time, freelance and remote jobs opportunities, JournalismJobs.com can help you find writing, editing, reporting or copy editor gigs. You can also find jobs across a wide range on industries like non-profit, technology and TV, so you’ll never get bored with this website’s selections. 

Plus, while you’re here, be sure to set job alerts to know right away about new freelance writer jobs, check out its section of career advice or even peruse the fellowship listings.

Okay — but how do you run a freelance writing business, anyway?

Even with tons of resources for finding online writing jobs, it can be hard to know exactly what it takes to get your foot in the door with those editors. After all, you don’t just fall into a job (usually); you’ve got to prove to someone that you’re the right fit.

All of that to say nothing of the fact that running a freelance writing business is its own job, once you get started. You’ll have to negotiate pay raises, deal with editorial disagreements, and even — perish the thought — figure out self-employment taxes.

If you’re eager to learn about any of those topics, check out some of these helpful posts, created to help  freelancers tackle every part of the writing-for-a-living experience.

We never said it was easy, but the writing life certainly is a rewarding one.

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Tweets From Lord Byron: Bringing Classic Literature To Young Readers | Writer’s Relief

Tweets From Lord Byron: Bringing Classic Literature To Young Readers | Writer’s Relief

Literary museums typically focus on showcasing an author’s artifacts, but this approach is less likely to intrigue new, younger readers. In this article Writer’s Relief found on independent.co.uk, some museums are taking a more innovative approach to engage their audience. Classic works are retold in creative formats such as text messages and tweets. And museums are working with creative partners such as artists and writers to reach new audiences and provide more approachable information.

Read more about how literary museums are giving classic authors a contemporary twist here.