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    Tips to Make Writing Easier

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin I must admit.  I’m a speedy writer. Not to say I don’t work hard to get stories in by their deadline, research new markets and craft queries. I just don’t like wasting time. I want to get it done and move onto the part I love, the actual writing. Here are some ways I get to the fun part. Reference at Your Fingertips Everyone knows that you need a good dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and, of course, The Writer’s Market. But thumbing through these can waste huge masses of time. Besides, why buy these reference books when you can easily access them on the web? This saves time and…

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    Quick Ways to Find Errors in Your Writing

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin I use Grammarly for proofreading because bad grammar makes the comma chameleon cry. I honor of National Punctuation Day, I thought I’d write a post on how to quickly catch errors in your writing. Here are just a few: Read your text backwards.  Read your text out loud.  Run the text through Grammarly’s proofreading system. Have a friend read the text out loud to you or record yourself reading the text and play back the recording. Don’t be afraid to turn on your word processor’s spelling and grammar checking tools. It’s wrong a lot of the time, but when it’s right it can save you some time. Do you have any tips for proofreading your writing?…

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    The Woes of the Freelance Writer’s Search

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin You’re Being Followed By Berkeley Robinson You know what I hate? When I’m researching a product to write about and Amazon saves my search history. Then, for weeks, I get emails trying to encourage me to buy similar products. No, I don’t want to buy a solar radio. No, I don’t want to buy a $300 generator that has a radio in it. It gets me to thinking though. What if writers could track what their readers are interested in and write articles based on that information? Well, we can. Take a look at your website or blog’s stat information. Did a reader come from StumbleUpon or Digg? Follow that link back to the…

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    How to Write a Product Review Without the Products

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin Try Before You Write? by Alina Bradford I often write for publications that assign me product reviews to write. Now, there’s no way that I can afford to test these products, and often, companies don’t give you samples without a lot of runaround…and then they still forget to send the samples. So, how do you write a balanced, fair review without the product? Very carefully, my friend. Here’s my process. First, if you are allowed, only pick products that you already have a familiarly with. For example, if you do photography as a hobby, you probably already have a pretty good idea of which camera or film brands are the…

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    10 Ways Writers Can Make Money

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin Writing for Money by Alina Bradford I see new writers asking on forums all the time, “How can I make money as a writer?” Well, I’ve decided to answer that question here- and no, I’m not going to suggest writing for content mills or other obvious places like magazines or newspapers. Here we go: Write your own ebook about something that fascinates you and sell it on your blog or using a Kindle platform. Lots of writers are have a lot of luck with this. Write Tweets and Facebook posts. I wrote a bit about this on my Tweeting for Money post.  Write sponsored blog posts. Check out Sponsored Blog Posts and IZEA. Write…