Freelance Writers and Time ManagementHave you ever woken up with a sense of dread because you’re absolutely sure you do not have enough time to get it all done? That’s how I felt this morning – totally pressured and maybe even a bit panicked.

I’ve been here before – maybe you have too. I’ve learned a bit about what works for me to ease the stress.

There really are only 24 hours in a day

What seems to happen to me at some deep level some part of me believes I have infinite time. I’ll rock along with that notion until it collides with the reality of the 24 hour day. Then the stress and fear kick in.

This becomes, if you will, my first step. I recognize I’ve lost track of the fact that there really are only 24 hours in the day.

I start timing everything I do

The next step for me is to start timing everything I do – during my work hours. Okay, not everything, but most things. [click to continue…]

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Fix Run-On SentencesBy Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com

What are run-on sentences? Contrary to popular belief, they’re not just really, really long sentences. Run-on sentences are actually two independent clauses (i.e. complete thoughts with a subject and predicate) that have been fused together without the correct punctuation.

A run-on can be as simple as: “I like piña coladas I like long walks on the beach.” Now, most of us would look at that sentence and immediately see that something is wrong. For many writers, there’s a temptation to fix the problem with a comma. However, this is still a run-on sentence: “I like piña coladas, I like long walks on the beach.” Now it’s what’s known as a comma splice.

To fix the issue, you have five options: a period, a semicolon, a semicolon plus a conjunctive adverb, a comma with a coordinating conjunction, and dropping the second subject. Let’s look at each of them in turn. [click to continue…]

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The Finding Freelance Writing Jobs Roundup

August 25, 2014

Finding freelance writing jobs is an ongoing challenge for most freelance writers. It’s a subject I write often about. Listed here are some of the best articles I’ve written on the topic. Some are new, some not so much, but all have been vetted to be sure they are current. There’s also a link to [...]

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How Writers Set Boundaries In Their Home Offices And Write

August 21, 2014

Writers set boundaries in their home office because they must, or they never get any writing done. Interruptions come, it seems, from all directions. First of all, neighbors, friends, and even families and door-to-door sales people seem to think if you’re home you’re available. I know, I don’t understand why this is true either – [...]

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It’s Not Impolite to Talk About Money and Freelance Writing Jobs!

August 19, 2014

Where did we get the idea that it’s rude to talk about money and freelance writing jobs? In fact, come to think about it, where did we get the idea it’s impolite to talk about money in general? Most of us grew up with the notion that it’s somehow rude to talk with others about [...]

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How To Raise Your Freelance Writing Fees

August 18, 2014

As you continue to get freelance writing jobs there comes a time when you want to know how to raise your freelance writing fees. Sometimes the decision to raise you rates comes when you realize you originally set your fees too low to cover your expenses. This happens fairly often. Writers find out about this [...]

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Freelance Writing Job Interview Success

August 14, 2014

Writing job interview success is key to a successful freelance career. In fact, you’ll experience being interviewed for jobs more than almost any other career path. Which means you’ll only get better at handling being interviewed as time goes on. Most of the time you’ll be interviewed over the phone as a result of your [...]

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How To Keep Getting Freelance Writing Jobs

August 13, 2014

Once you get your first freelance writing job, the trick becomes getting freelance writing jobs over and over again for the length of your writing career. There are several things that, if you get them in place now will serve you for many years. Your professional website I scored www.AnneWayman.com early in the game and built [...]

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How To Find Your First Paid Freelance Writing Job

August 11, 2014

Looking for you first paid freelance writing job? There are all sorts of ways to land that initial check. Although many writers start writing for free, you can actually get paid right at the beginning. If, however,  you have been writing for free, use those credits to find a paying gig. Here are my top 5 suggestions [...]

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When They Say Your Freelance Writing Fees Are Too Expensive

August 1, 2014

What do you do when someone tells you your freelance writing fees are too expensive? This is the perfect time to remember that it’s not about you, that you shouldn’t take this statement to be about your worth as a person or as a writer. A potential client’s unwillingness or inability to pay your quoted price [...]

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