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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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. Lilla Folsom

    I was told by a very smart person that I could spend my entire life getting perfectly ready to be a writer and when I died I would still be “sharpening my pencils.” I had to prepare as well as possible (with alot of help from you guys!) and then just do it.

    • Carol Tice

      Amen to that!

  2. Marla Markman

    That was a good roundup of advice. One thing that Peter Bowerman said that really resonated with me as an editor was that if you don’t have a specialty niche but can be a writer to who turnarounds their assignments quickly–by or before the deadline–and turns in quality work that doesn’t have to go back for rewrites, that’s a niche in itself. As an editor, I always go back to the writers who possess these qualities, because those writers are few and far between.

    • Carol Tice

      That’s a great post from Seth I hadn’t seen before…thanks for sharing it!

  3. Shalani

    Opening our mind especially our ear’s in every advice we might encounter in every day’s life is a better way to conduct or decide a wise decision.

  4. Jasmine Evans

    I’m very new to freelance writing but I read somewhere that freelance writing takes “focus, commitment and desire.” Those three words really resonated with me and I wrote it on my white board to remind myself everyday.

    Sean Platt mentioned that become familiar with copywriting is important. How does a new writer go about doing that? Is it necessary to take online courses?

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Jasmine —

      Business writing is a huge field. If you want to focus on a specialty such as writing direct-mail marketing letters, you might want to take a class — I know AWAI does one. I have a guest post from them about what it takes to be a copywriter.

      Personally, most of what I’ve written for businesses is articles and blog posts, so I just use the journalism skills I already had.

      But I know Peter Bowerman started out in copywriting with no previous writing experience at all and just learned as he went. You can do that, too.

    • Sean

      Hi Jasmine,

      Really, the best thing to do is hit Amazon. You can learn a lot from a handful of books.

      I would start with:

      Influence by Robert Cialdini
      AdWeek by Joe Sugarman
      The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy
      Anything by David Ogilvy

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for the book recommends, Sean! And for the great advice of your own on the podcast.

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