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What Are the “Best” WebSites for #Writers?


Regular readers know I have a well-populated Top Tags widget (over 1,000 posts available by keyword-groupings in the left side-bar) and, since I’ve been immersing myself in the Wattpad experience, I’ve learned that, on a phone (which is where the bulk of Wattpad readers do their thing), the left side-bar of this blog is not visible unless you find your general “Menu” and click on something similar to this:  “Request Desktop Site”

One of the tags there (with 54 blog posts hidden behind its link) is Writing Resources <— that’s the link for folks who don’t want to look for the Top Tags Widget :-)

And, even though my picks for “Best” WebSites for writers are scattered all over this blog, the Writing Resources Tag is a good place to start

Also, you may have noticed that, in the title of this post and in the last sentence, I put “Best” in quotes—just my way of indicating that “Best” is a very personal designation and choice (or, Should be...).

Still, I want to share a post from the Site, The Write Life, called, The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016.

They organize the 100 into the seven categories of Blogging, Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Craft, Freelancing, Marketing, Publishing, and Writing Communities.

Let me share a telling excerpt from that post, that lets you know how they’re using the word “Best”:

“As writers, we want to keep up with the latest industry news, advice and opportunities, but we don’t have time to sift through everything happening in the online world.”

And, one more excerpt, because of its Twitter-link:

“And, if you’re looking to keep up with these sites on a daily basis, here’s an easy way to do that: we’ve compiled a Twitter list of all the websites in this post. Click Here to subscribe via Twitter.”

Finally, since the reason for those sites being the “Best” for writers includes “advice”, I’ll share the Top Tag link for Writing Advice (which has 64 posts tucked away…).

And, since I’m sharing what I’ve posted here about Writing Advice, I should probably also share what I feel is the most important post I’ve yet written for writers—What About All The Authors Whose Books Don’t Sell Very Many Copies?

That post begins with the words, “An extremely small percentage of writers sells more than 500 copies of a book…”

But, if you’re really strapped for time and want the critical gold nugget of information that makes that post what I consider the most important I’ve ever written, here’s the most significant link from it:

Survivorship bias: why 90% of the advice about writing is bullshit right now
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Freelance Writing Challenges


Are you a writer who needs more money?

Writing for Money

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My experience shows that most writers need more.

I wonder how many feel they’re capable of doing some freelancing…

Here are a few past posts I’ve written.

Freelance Lies . . .

Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?

Scratch, Scratch, Who’s Got The Money?

But, to get more specific about how to prepare for freelance writing, I’ll reference an article from Living Well, Spending Less called, How to Make Money as a Freelance Writer.

Naturally, if you have a strong interest in freelancing, I suggest you go read the full article; but, here are the bullet points:

1. Determine Your Writing Niches
2. Start Acquiring Samples
3. Establish a Web Home Base
4. Develop a Pitch
5. Pitch, Pitch, Pitch

Obviously, listing the skeleton like that makes it look simple, even if full of work…

Reading the article will nicely fill-in the experience and expertise of author, Ruth Soukup.

Of course, to freelance you need time; and, if you’re a creative writer, you may feel you just don’t have enough time.

Try this article from Make A Living WritingHow I Found 70 Extra Hours a Month to Boost My Freelance Writing Career.

But, even with the time to do that freelancing, you may need some help

Freelancers Union has the article, 5 Free Online Tools for Freelance Writers.

And, The Write Life has, 9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs.

To round-out this primer on freelance writing challenges, I’ll quote from that first, past post of mine, Freelance Lies:

#1 – Freelance writers must have deep tech/industry experience

#2 – Freelance writers need an English or journalism degree to be good

#3 – Freelance writers outsource the work and sit back collecting your money

#4 – Freelance writers are schedule-free spirits

#5 – Freelance writers have an easy job

#6 – Freelance writers overcharge

#7 – Freelance writers have low overhead so it’s all fun and profit

If you’ve done freelance writing, perhaps you’d share a bit of your experience in the Comments?
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Freelance Lies . . .


Freelance writing can be very lucrative but demands hard work and intelligent risk-taking.

Freelance Writing

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Back in 2012 I wrote a post called Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?

 

Today I want to share some info from an article on Business2Community—7 Lies About Freelance Writers You Believe.

I’m only going to list the 7 Lies here—do check out the full article for the Truth :-)

#1 – Freelance writers must have deep tech/industry experience

#2 – Freelance writers need an English or journalism degree to be good

#3 – Freelance writers outsource the work and sit back collecting your money

#4 – Freelance writers are schedule-free spirits

#5 – Freelance writers have an easy job

#6 – Freelance writers overcharge

#7 – Freelance writers have low overhead so it’s all fun and profit

Have you ever freelanced?

Do you freelance now?

Think you’ll freelance in the future?
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