Freelance writer Kevin Stewart has more than 1000 published pieces and 200 million views to his name. In our interview, he spills the secrets to his success with countless tips and insights.
Finding a Niche
Dream of becoming a digital nomad? Learn how with these 6 tips from someone who’s written their way around the world.
Medical billing coders are highly needed in the industry. Find out how you can join in and do this kind of freelance work.
A subcategory of technical writing, the medical writers create basic summaries of medical-related processes, medical data, among other responsibilities.
A photo retoucher’s main job is to maintain or improve quality of the images. You may have to enhance them without misleading or misrepresenting the message of the photos. The client may ask you to maintain consistency in all the images and to meet the general guidelines of the company.
Proofreaders carry the burden of producing perfect work on every project. A single error cannot exist as it could ruin the integrity of a printed work or product. Even though proofreading is usually grouped with copywriting and editing, a proofreader’s skills are distinct entirely.
Your task in translating will not just involve extracting the primary interpretation from one dialect to another, as in real-time spoken translation. Instead the client will give you a document (be it complex or common) and ask you to translate it into the specific language.
Learn about the hottest topics that teenage magazines editors frequently want from freelance writers and how to successfully pitch them.
Stephen King’s legacy as a bestselling horror/psychological fiction writer is attributed to his writing style. Because readers can identify with many of King’s three-dimensional, dynamic characters, his stories captivate and engage his loyal fans and first-time readers.
It has often been said that everyone likes humor and laughter on our planet. Well maybe not everyone, but almost every person who is normal will like humor
Most people use flashbacks to provide more information about the main character’s past – thereby using this technique as a means to explain why certain events are happening, or how / why a character is acting or responding in a particular way.
So regardless of what season you are in, it’s important for you as a writer to make note of the details and nuances of that time of year. Observe your responses to weather or weather-related incidents/activities, as well as the reactions and behavior of people around you.6
Successful writing (fiction or non-fiction) is in the process. No process, no product. Let’s look at a process you probably already use as a tech writer, analyst, programmer, etc.
Before you begin your story, take a moment. Look at your audience and smile at them. Only after you have got their attention do you begin to even introduce yourself and your topic. You will be able to observe many things about your audience in these few moments
Arrogance has a bad rap. We think of arrogant people as unpleasant to be around, full of themselves, and incapable of taking an interest in anyone else. However, when applied to one�s own writing, a certain measure of well-placed arrogance can be a useful tool
Can you imagine life without the printed word? Regardless of your profession, you frequently use documents and reports to base important business decisions
Quite often teachers in middle school and high school find themselves teaching the grade level language arts curriculum from a conservative and sometimes minimalist point of view. What that means is that many follow generic lesson plans devised by a team, a textbook company, or themselves that cover only the very basic or minimal reading comprehension and writing skills.
As a writer, I can’t help but see the similarity between my experience as a reading teacher and what writers go through with plotting. You can read six books on plotting and come up with six different methods
Where fantasy goes into uncharted territory, the kind of story that couldn’t exist, science fiction, a term made famous by the likes of Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein, goes into charted territory.
Even the most compelling writing and subject can fail if you let the small irritations get in the way of that connection with your reader. Make your writing worth reading and take it from good to great by avoiding these seven pitfalls.
Creating a saleable sitcom is rather like creating a decent meal. Assemble the correct ingredients and there’s a good chance of some tasty fare.
Include the metaphor in your leadership-language. It allows you to make the unfamiliar more understandable. To make the complex more simple.
Unless you’ve been working in a small town, doing bits and pieces of different types of legal work for everyone, it’s quite likely you’ve become a specialist of some sort
Making a living as a freelance writer can be difficult. Especially for the beginner, where online content and article writing is the easiest place to break in
Believe or not, my first published article – and one of the first things I ever had published – was about gardening. There’s a good demand for garden-related bits…. grow your own is back in fashion…. and it’s not too technical, so it’s a good place to get started. Here are a few tips to help you.
There are more than six billion people on the planet and I am a firm believer that every one of us has a story to tell.
There is only one job that will marry your love for fine cuisine with your impressive written communication skills and cutting wit. Here’s how to do
The keeping of a personal journal has been a pursuit of human society for many hundreds of years. Here’s how to start writing your journal today.
We must make freelance niche types fit our needs, wants, values and lifestyles, and we also must make ourselves fit freelance niche types.
During the summer I teach a course on sports writing. When I ask my students to cover a sporting event and write a sports story (with no further instructions), 9 out of 10 students watch a sporting event on TV or attend a baseball game and rehash on paper what they have observed.
As a freelance writer, you can do business in many different niches, and it is inevitable that some of them are going to be much less comfortable than others.
Have you ever dreamed of getting paid to write about video games? As a freelance writer, it’s not hard to spin your favorite hobby into a source of income by writing articles, but those of you out there who love gaming are particularly in luck.
As a freelance writer for more than eight years now, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to write about a wide variety of topics. One area in which I have focused a bit of my freelance writing on in the past few years is charities
Writing a video game review is about more than just listing what’s good and what’s bad about a game. It’s an opportunity to delve in and express your thoughts through a medium that can reach millions of Internet users worldwide.
Journalists and nonfiction writers often need subject-matter experts (SMEs) to lend credibility to their content. I have interviewed experts as far ranging as principals, teachers, fire fighters, real estate agents, lenders and nurses for a variety of published pieces. The information gleaned from these experts
There are many ways to market your unique writing identity at low-to-no cost. I built my freelance real estate writing career on building myself up as an expert. I had years of actual real estate knowledge to pull from
Game writing is different compared to writing a script for a movie, a television show or even a comic book because the latter mediums are all linear in structure. Writing for a video game involves giving gamers who play the games a variety of choices
Before going into freelance writing full time, I spent a number of years as a research biologist. I originally started on that path because brilliant science writers like Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Zimmer had opened up the world of the natural sciences to me with creativity and wit.
While being a general travel writer can be fun as you get to write, and learn, about a lot of exciting places, the fact is your best work will come from writing about places or areas of the travel industry you know well.
National real estate writing and editing has been my specialty for nearly 10 years, but I have years of experience as a real estate agent and property manager that made a complete package for editors and content managers. I have written an ebook and hundreds of blogs
Although the nonfiction genres are often popular amongst freelance writers, many don’t consider educational writing as a possibility for generating income. Educational writing takes a special set of skills and some well honed writing techniques, but it can be a lucrative and satisfying field
Because I’m always interested in building my skillset and gaining more practice, I’ve been taking on corporate writing jobs in addition to my work that gets featured in a publication. Writing for a company has various
Many writers have freelance success by finding the right niche. If you haven’t considered your own writing niche yet, one modern industry to consider is SEO writing. Search engine optimization is crucial to any website’s presence, visibility, and outreach
I’ve worked with hundreds of successful freelance writers over my 16 years as Executive Director of American Writers & Artists Inc. One thing these success stories have in common is this: they decided to focus on a specific industry or niche.
A writer’s most prized possession is his or her own unique writing style. Our purpose in writing a story (either fiction or non-fiction) is to trigger certain ideas to emerge in the readers’ minds.
Every writer eventually develops her own unique style of writing. As you struggle to create your own voice, while focusing on the required standards, you may want to consider the following tips for improving your style and establishing a professional formula for success.
I decided that I wanted to expand and enhance my writing – and my life — by including more poetry in what I write and in how I live. To make this happen, I decided to read and write poetry every day for 100 days
You don’t have to be an excellent writer to begin a career as a freelancer. You can be a terrible writer and still make a nice living as a freelance writer.
If you’re falling asleep each night to dreams of TV news stardom, you need to pick up the skills involved with ‘Backpack Journalism’.
Any aspiring writer, who hails from a country other than US or Canada, who wishes to become a freelancer and contribute articles to Suite101, is invariably rejected citing the reasons
If you could have any career you wanted, what would it be? Think for a moment and don’t worry how you would achieve it. Just Imagine a magic wand being waved and immediately, you have that new occupation
Characterizing journalists as rigidly objective and solitary doesn’t describe professionals accustomed to flexibility, point-of-view narratives and teamwork. While balanced fairness is the goal, journalism requires subjective decisions
One of the fastest and easiest ways to break into freelance copywriting is with catalog copywriting.
Don’t be surprised if during your next visit, your doctor hands you a prescription for a journal with instructions to write a minimum of 30 minutes a day!
Chances are, the subjects of many intense stories don’t realize the potency of their tales. So what to do? You co-write their memoirs.
So you want to be a movie critic — who doesn’t? It’s a fun job to have. But first, you should consider actually being good at criticism.
Ever thought about writing erotica, but don’t know where to begin? Here are a few tips to help get you started on the road to writing bedroom fiction.
Learn about six common and not-so-common writing niches. This author explains writing gigs such as grant writing, writing resumes and cover letters to unemployed workers, and writing employer handbooks and other business-type documents.
You might not realise it, but the crossword is still one of the most popular parts of many newspapers… with lots of people buying a copy for that reason alone. After the front and back page, the sport and the TV sections it’s high up on the list
Cookery writing is a unique skill and one that requires the writer to adopt a slightly different approach to ensure the reader clearly understands their directions. English language students are often set the task of writing recipes as it teaches them to use the imperative mood.