The Best Freelance Writing Advice I Heard All Year

Carol Tice

Heard any great writing advice lately? Makealivingwriting.comHeard any useful writing advice lately? I have.

Since July, I’ve been holding weekly live events for members of Freelance Writers Den. Each week, I invite a writing pro to guest on the podcast and share their knowledge.

This has quickly shaped up to be my favorite part of being Den Mother! I’ve gotten to chat with some of the top authors of freelance-writing advice — people I’ve long admired and thought were super-smart. They didn’t disappoint live, either — we’ve had inspiring, informational, interesting talks.

Out of more than 20 hours of chat with experts, what stands out? Here are a few snippets of the best writing advice I heard:

Sean Platt of Ghostwriter Dad on why now is the best time to be a freelance writer:

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(Or click here.)

Co-author of  and International Freelancers Academy’s Ed Gandia on how to make a real connection with prospects that gets you hired:

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(Or click here.)

And hot off the press from yesterday’s call, Peter Bowerman of The Well-Fed Writer on the essential elements you need to be a successful commercial freelance writer today:

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(Or click here.)

What’s the best writing advice you’ve heard lately? Leave a comment and let us know.

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16 Comments

  1. Tyler Vince

    I love Ed Gandia’s secret sauce. Heh

    • Carol Tice

      It really works — I’ve been doing something similar with my marketing emails for years, and it definitely ups your response rate.

  2. Josh Sarz

    These are some really helpful recordings Carol. Thanks for sharing these.

  3. Katherine Swarts

    Best advice I’ve heard recently came from Linda Formichelli’s Getting Unstuck e-book: keep trimming your to-do list. Ask yourself what you can afford NOT to do, then don’t do it.

    My own #1 time suck? All those “check this out” articles, blog links, and clip links that turn up in my e-mailbox!!! Keep in mind the Voltaire quote: “The good is the enemy of the best,” and remember that one person’s best is another’s (merely) good.

  4. Elizabeth

    I think the best advice I was given was not to sit around and wait for your dream client to find you but get out there and find your dream clients!

    • Carol Tice

      Right on! I call that strategy “waiting for the luck fairy to bring you a client.” Ain’t gonna happen.

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