Copywriting Basics: Writing to Sell

A copywriter writes documents (copy) intended to sell, entice, influence, persuade, or educate consumers about a product or service. This writing can take many forms. These include, but are not limited to, advertisements, brochures, product announcements, press releases, speeches, data sheets, product packaging, sales letters, scripts, presentations, mailings, web sites, flyers, and even menus. Continue reading Copywriting Basics: Writing to Sell

Creating a Character Bio Sheet

Character bio sheets are not only a simple way to create characters, they are a great way to keep track of the characters you develop. When you write a longer work, such as a novel or screenplay, it is easy to forget minor character details. If you aren’t careful, the blue eyes you described on page five can turn to brown eyes by the end of page eighty. Using a character bio sheet, you can record all of the essential details for your characters and keep them in a single place so that you can check those details whenever necessary. … Continue reading Creating a Character Bio Sheet

30 Prompts – 30 Poems in 30 Days

The action for 30 Poems in 30 Days has clearly moved from the blog to Facebook, so I am posting all 30 prompts here, but encourage people to write there. Day 1 Write a love poem that is specifically NOT about romantic love. Some subjects you might consider are family members such as parents or kids, pets, sports cars, pizza, friends — whatever moves you. Day 2 Write a poem that involves a sequence of events or steps such as a process, a recipe, instructions, or anything that could only happen in a certain order. Day 3 Write a poem … Continue reading 30 Prompts – 30 Poems in 30 Days

30 Poems in 30 Days 2011 – Day 1

September has once again snuck up on me, along with the anxious groundswell of people clamoring for 30 Poems in 30 Days. That’s right, both of my fans are really anxious for it to start. Before I get to today’s poetry prompt, let me lay out the guidelines for the project. The Goal Write 30 poems in 30 days. It’s just that simple. The event formally starts on September 1st, but you can really start any time you like. What you DON’T have to do You DON’T have to write a poem every day, but there will be a new … Continue reading 30 Poems in 30 Days 2011 – Day 1

Some Business Advice for Writers

Always keep a calendar. It should include such things as a writing schedule, upcoming meetings, assignment deadlines, submission response dates (expected replies), upcoming payments, upcoming publication dates and tax deadlines. Yes, generally writers are freelance, meaning the tax stipulations are different for them when it comes time to efile their taxes. Therefore, these deadlines are particularly important. Track all of your submissions and replies. You can use a program such as Microsoft Outlook or simply keep a notebook or planner. There are plenty of planning / scheduling books at any large bookstore. Look around until you find one that seems … Continue reading Some Business Advice for Writers

Freelance Writing Advice

If you want to have a career as a freelance writer, you need to view it as a business. Freelance writing involves making sales. Being a salesperson means risking rejection. There will always be better writers than you, and there will always be writers who are worse than you but make more money. Concentrate on your own career. Create an environment that you can work comfortably in. Consider anything that makes it easier to accomplish your job to be an investment. If you need privacy to work, find a way to get it. There are plenty of portable tools for … Continue reading Freelance Writing Advice

Working From Home

By Gwyneth Box Many people decide that they are going to work from home when they go freelance. This is especially tempting when the work involved is something that requires little office infrastructure, such as freelance writing or computer design. It’s easy to think that a spare bedroom can be converted into a studio and that will be sufficient. But can this really work? There are, of course, a list of advantages to working from home that everyone cites: there’s no time lost in commuting, and no travel expenses; it’s a way of making money out of the spare room … Continue reading Working From Home

How to Create an Article or Blog Idea Log

By John Hewitt Some writers know exactly what they want to say. They merely have to start typing and passion flows from them. This doesn’t necessarily mean they write well, but they don’t sit around wondering what to write about. Most writers, however, need a little prodding. Sometimes they have great ideas, and sometimes they stare at their computer screen waiting for something to come to them. If you fall into the second category, you can reduce your time spent staring at the screen by creating a log of your good ideas when they come to you. You can also … Continue reading How to Create an Article or Blog Idea Log