Which Freelance Writing Tips Have Helped You Most?

Carol Tice

Excited man with an answer to questionsSometimes it’s a little thing. Sometimes a huge mental shift. But at some point, every freelance writer gets a few pieces of advice that change everything.

For me, it was probably the first time I got an article killed — and the editor told me I was too close to the subject and had an obvious agenda.

It was the beginning of learning to be a journalist for me, and report all sides of a story fairly (no matter how I felt about the topic).

Then there was the writer friend who took my outrageously long first-ever feature article draft and showed me how to use active verbs to make my sentences less wordy. That was a game-changer, too.

It’s sort of unreal to me, but it’s been eight years (!) since I started this blog full of freelance writing advice. More than 700 posts are up.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make this blog even better in the future. I’m interested in learning more about what readers need to know — how I can help create more “aha” moments that lead to better writing income for you.

I read a post this week that inspired me about how to do that. It was over on Firepole Marketing, about how to get your blog subscribers to love your marketing emails. One of the tips was to ask your readers how your information helps them and hold them accountable for taking action. That conversation builds relationships — and subscriber loyalty.

Well, duh! It made me realize it’s been way too long since I’ve asked you how my blog helps you. That would be the obvious next step to making sure my future posts are helpful to you!

I thought about setting up a survey about it. Or I could have just sent out an email and asked. But I really want detailed answers, not “yes” or “no” ones. And I want to hang onto your insights, not lose them in my overcrowded email inbox.

So I’m asking you here on this blog post: Have you gotten useful freelance writing tips from me, that have helped you earn more?

If so, please tell me about it in the comments. I’d love to know:

  • Where you’re at in your freelance-writing journey
  • What type(s) of writing you
  • What tip(s) helped you
  • What you took action on
  • The result

I can’t wait to read your success stories!

 

 

24 Comments

  1. Matija from Otroškesobe

    Hi, it helped for me specially about freelancing tips. It took me for a while before started, but now I am doing it constantly on small slovenian market. Which is specially hard, since number of visitors is not overwhelming. Regards

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