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This One Technique Brings Unbelievable Clarity to Your Business Writing (and How to Do It)

Wanting to improve your business writing? Award-winning, Hisham Wyne, shares ‘one technique brings unbelievable clarity’. Hisham is a brand consultant, content creator and an expert copywriter. This technique is sure to bring results. All the very best!

This One Technique Brings Unbelievable Clarity to Your Business Writing (and How to Do It)

“The most complicated skill is to be simple.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

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Want to write better? Google it!

Courtesy the Internet, there’s no shortage of helpful resources out there – from boiling the perfect egg to improving your writing efficiency and achieving your writing goals.

But what is obscured in this deluge of information is one trick that every writer must know – regardless of whether you make a living as a freelance content writer, or are expected to help your firm sell better.

It’s the one trick that can disguise a multitude of writing sins and also improve traction. And here it is: clarity through simplicity.

Why simplicity matters

Whatever discipline you may be in (advertising, web design, copywriting), simplicity is one of the most important skills that you will need to learn and hone.

According to a study conducted by Google in 2012, it only takes a fraction of a second for visitors to judge whether a website is beautiful or not. Interestingly, the majority of respondents in the study rated simple websites as more beautiful than visually complex ones.

Why?

In simple terms, the human brain gives preference to things that are easy to digest and understand. This concept is known as cognitive fluency.

Take websites, for example. At this point, you have probably visited hundreds of websites. More than likely, you have a list of websites bookmarked for repeat visits. You’re comfortable with them, and come back over and over. But when you visit a new site that has heaps of information, you get lost. Things look unfamiliar. Your dwell times reduce. Your bounce rates go up. Simply put, you just don’t spend as much time reading the content.

Your brain craves the familiar because it is easier to process. And when in unfamiliar territory, you crave simplicity.

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The science of simplicity

The human brain prefers less visually complex websites because these are less taxing. The important thing is that simplicity isn’t just important to visuals. It also applies to copy and content.

The human brain prefers less visually complex websites because these are less taxing. The important thing is that simplicity isn’t just important to visuals. It also applies to copy and content.

Good copywriting shares a few qualities with good design. One of those qualities is simplicity.

Why simplicity matters in writing

Learning and mastering simplicity is difficult. That is why it’s an easy temptation for writers – particularly unsure writers, or those writing in a non-native language – to use verbosity, jargon, and ambiguity as crutches.

Academic writing is a major culprit. University students write like their professors; cranking out sentences stretched to breaking with esoteric words and complicated construction – for no good reason. It’s almost like academics are afraid of being understood too easily.

You might get away with it in academia – I know I did. But the real world isn’t as forgiving. Writing with simplicity and clarity is key.

But don’t get me wrong: simple isn’t easy. Simple is hard. It entails discipline, attention, and critical thinking. Simple takes time. Remember that Blaise Pascal once started a correspondence by saying “Excuse the long letter, I didn’t have time to write a short one.”

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Think back on the ads that have appealed greatly to you. What do you remember? Simplicity.

Seasoned copywriters spend years honing their skills so they can get the point across with elegant simplicity.

Simplicity is a copywriter’s best friend

Over the years, you may have accumulated a few habits that may work well for you if you are striving to be a fiction writer. Or a columnist, or perchance a food critic.

Business copywriting is different. And in order to be successful, you need to shed these habits. And avoid the words and constructs you most like. To paraphrase William Faulkner, you have to kill your darlings.

So here a few tips to start bringing simplicity to your copy:

Never make it about yourself

There might be a time and place to showcase that tremendous vocabulary you’ve spent years developing. Working on client copy is not it.

One of the key mistakes new writers make is trying to impress by piling on the words to show how adroit they are with language. That’s not going to work. Even if the client likes it, verbose copy doesn’t sell as well as simple sentences.

Don’t make it about yourself. Use your copy to help brands that have hired you sell better. Once audiences start responding to your copy, you’ll get hired again.

Your readers don’t care about emotional connections

 

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There are essentially two types of people who will read corporate copy.

First, you have people who have inadvertently stumbled upon your work. It is highly likely they won’t bother reading – because your work just doesn’t apply to them.

Second, you have people who are looking for solutions to specific problems. And they’re hoping your client can help them with specific services. So your job is to tell audiences a) how your client can help, and b) why they’re a good choice. Quite simply, your goal as a copywriter is to help your clients make the sale.

Ditch the thesaurus

Again, don’t use words you don’t need to. Remember, your audience has a lot of things competing for attention. You need to get your message sinking in fast. As a copywriter, think about whether someone will understand what you’re saying if they only skim.

Apply the 10-second test: Will brand new readers get your point in 10 seconds? If not, it’s time to hit the drawing board again.

Think mobile

More and more content is now accessed online. As a copywriter, you need to constantly think about how your copy works on a small screen. Edit and rewrite. And then edit and rewrite some more – till your content doesn’t overwhelm small screens.

So what’s the bottom line?

It’s simple.

As a copywriter, your goal is to help clients hit their business objectives. And that means creating copy that their audiences respond to. Simpler copy can be read faster, and understood better by more people. And that means more eyeballs, which translates to better sales.

A bit about the author

Hisham Wyne - One Technique Brings Unbelievable Clarity Hisham Wyne is an award-winning copywriter, brand consultant and content creator based in Dubai. During his time in the Middle East, Hisham has collaborated extensively with blue-chip companies including Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Harley-Davidson and Aston Martin, and helped government concerns such as the Dubai Internet City, in5 and the Dubai Design District. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

I love this Hisham’s work! Her has such an energized manner of writing.  If you wish to be energized while at your desk, be sure to read how to Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West.Hisham Wyne One Technique Brings Unbelievable Clarity

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How to Choose the Right Freelance Writer for Your Project

You’ve put your heart and soul into establishing a business that is successful and useful so, naturally, you’d want potential clients to know that. Marketing has undergone many structural changes with our increasing reliance on digital media. It’s not only important that your company has advertising campaigns, it also needs to have a strong online presence; that means good content. Prospective clients and audiences want to be continuously exposed to information that keeps them involved, informed and engaged. While you’re occupied with the finer technical details of your project, someone needs to take care of the content. Luckily, there’s a whole range of talented and diverse freelance writers out there just waiting for the opportunity to work with you. All that’s left to do, is find the right freelance writer for your project.

How are you finding writers?

One thing that is certain is that there is a plethora of writers out there, eager to work on exciting new projects; the question is how to find the writer that is perfect for you. There are many online platforms that facilitate this.

You could place ads on job listing sites and have writers contact you with their details and samples of their work. This is simple and opens the door to a variety of writers who will work for different rates. Sites such as Upwork, Craigslist and Freelancer operate by allowing writers to create profiles and submit proposals to prospective clients. Clients can select prime candidates, conduct interviews, compare bids and view feedback from previous clients.

To focus your search even more, you could contact writers directly rather than through these platforms. This allows you to view their portfolio and see how people interact with their work, the writer’s range, their voice and how that voice is used to speak on behalf of their clients. Using agencies is often a good idea because the writers have already been vetted and are tried and trusted, and the company will be able to gauge which writer is the best fit for you.

Expert Writers

While finding a writer who is an expert in your industry may be a requirement in some cases, it’s not always necessary. Writers may not be qualified in your market, but sufficient research, attention to detail, and skill will get the job done. If you do need a writer who is familiar with your project, consider how you view their portfolios or writing samples. Don’t only look for work that reads well or is entertaining, but consider whether the writer can work with technical terms and can skillfully construct pieces of writing.


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Social media is not going anywhere – use it. You may have writers in your network on LinkedIn or PartnerUp. This works well if you need expert writers; writers that have working knowledge in a specific topic or niche. Checking up on a writer’s social media can help to better understand not only their style and how they interact with clients, but also the client’s experiences working with the writer.
When you have a niche market and need writers with experience and knowledge in your field, try to form long-term partnerships, rather than working with a writer once only.

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Developing Relationships

Don’t underestimate the benefits of building long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with writers. The writer will already be familiar with your voice, style and brand, and will know what is expected of them. This not only makes the writing process quicker, it will streamline the process of finding a writer when a new project comes up.

Offering longer term arrangements with writers also means the writer is invested in your project, and will work as efficiently as possible to ensure you are eager to work with them again in the future. This may lead to finding writers that are dedicated and not just looking to make a quick buck.

While finding a writer that is talented and skillful is your main concern, consider how professional they are; do they respond promptly; are they committed to too many projects; do they follow directions?

Once you have found writers that have both these qualities, begin building a database. While having a partnership with one writer moulded to your style is ideal, writers can be unavailable, but if this is the case they may be able to share your requirements with writers in their circle.

Be specific about what you need

It’s important to be specific about what you need from the writer and it may be helpful to have an outline of your article. But don’t demand that the writer follows a specific set-up; rather allow room for creativity. Writers may be more attuned to what would make a better article. You pay for a writer allow them to write. Be sure of what you need the content to achieve so that the writer can be sure too.

Don’t forget about the mundane administrative details. It’s always important to be clear about when the project is due, whether you need updates on the progress of the project, how much it pays as well as when it pays. Avoid any misunderstandings that will stand in the way of a good professional relationship. When posting listings, make sure all the information is available, so that anyone applying is sure they are up to the task.

What to look for in a portfolio

It’s always necessary to view previous work and samples of writing. If the writer has a blog or online platform – which most writers do – read the feedback on their work. Read comments and reviews to understand previous clients’ experiences working with the writer. Look at the audience’s engagement with their work – do they respond and interact through comments, is the voice received well? References from previous working relationships is always helpful.

When looking at resumes, it’s not always necessary to have a writer with a journalism or writing degree. Writers can come from diverse fields and what is important is their dedication to the craft. Be open to writers who are not be native-English speakers; writing is an art and what is important is that the product doesn’t read like it was written by a second language speaker.

Finding the right writer is simply finding a writer whose style and voice compliments your project. Ensure that they have the same vision for the project and that they have the commitment and skill that will contribute to a dynamic and prolific professional relationship.

A bit about the Author

Sam Hoffman is a South African an Artist, Writer and Entrepreneur with a passion for beautiful words and ideas. She takes special joy in nurturing these ideas and watching them grow from inception to results and sharing her expertise with others.

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Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

As writers, many of you may sit at your keyboards hacking away forever to either reach your deadline or finish just one more paragraph. However, what do these seated hours do to your body physically? How is our circulation affected and is there a fix-it? Today we look at how to Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West.  I am pleased to have Stuttgart based,  personal trainer, Carla West assist us with some writer-friendly ideas on how to overcome the physical torments of writing.

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Carla, I must also compliment you on your very informative website, your videos and tutorials are simply wonderful!

As you are clearly a very busy lady, I especially thank you so much for taking the time to share your message, so I will bounce right in.

Philosophy

TWS: Having gone through your site, I simply love your ideas and outlooks. How would you summarize your philosophy about fitness and health?

Carla: Thank you so much for all the lovely compliments! I am very honoured to be interviewed by someone like yourself.

My philosophy is very simple: Do what you enjoy.

Whatever form of training you enjoy, do it. You are never going to stick to an exercise routine that you hate. It might take some time for you to find what you like. I love doing a combination of things and pushing myself to the next level in every form of exercise I do.

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That being said, there is value in every form of training. Whether you do yoga, Pilates, running, boxing or weight training. Whatever it is that you enjoy – just make sure you stick to it. Be consistent. Do it multiple times a week. Set goals. Soon enough exercise will become a habit and something you even look forward to, not a chore. And of course support your training with good nutrition; fuel yourself so that you can perform at your best. Stretch, use a foam roller. Give yourself days off to let your body repair and recover.

Basically, just take care of yourself.

Circulation

TWS: Do you have any ideas on how we can perhaps increase our circulation while writing? It would be great to get our articles out and work out! Heaven knows, with the hours we put in, we too could look great! This may be a long-shot, but is it possible?

Carla: Of course it is possible! Luckily short bouts of aerobics, strength exercises, and stretching in between emails and writing can help improve fitness levels and heart health.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Always take the stairs –  take two at a time for a real leg burn.
  2. The Seated Leg Raiser – While seated, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower the leg(s) back to the ground without letting the feet touch the floor. Repeat (alternating legs if raising them separately) for 15 reps.
  3. Perfect your posture – perfect posture is a must for long days at the desk. Adjust the chair height to make sure the feet, hips, and arms are at 90-degree angles to the floor. Engage the core to keep the back straight throughout the day. No slouching allowed!
  4. Shoulder blade squeezes – For improving hunched posture, squeeze your shoulder blades together for 10 seconds, release, and repeat.
  5.  Wrist stretch. Stretch your arm out in front of you with the palm up. With your other hand, grab your fingers and lightly pull them down to stretch your forearm.
  6. Back twist. Sit up straight in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right and hold. Alternate sides.
  7.  Neck rotations. Drop your chin and roll your neck. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.

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15 min Workout

TWS: Many writers, myself included, discipline ourselves to take 15 – 20 min break from our PCs every so couple of hours. Could you suggest a workout that one could do in such a short time?

Carla: Yes! The most beneficial workouts would be a quick 15-20 min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session, because honestly that’s all the time you need. A few benefits of HIIT include: Increased energy, boosted metabolism, muscle tone improvement, reduced body fat.

For a quick hard HIIT session I would suggest choosing 4 exercises. Existing out of one for lower body, one upper body, one for abs, and one that’s a bit more cardio related and gets your heart rate up. For example: Squats, push-ups, crunches, and Burpees. Do each exercise for 1 minute and only take a 10 sec break between the exercises. You get a 1 minute break after the 4 exercises and then you start the circuit over again. In 20 min you should’ve been able to do 3-4 Rounds and you will be sweating.  🙂 Those are very basic examples of exercises; please feel free to switch it up and add your own.

Writers Diet

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TWS: When visiting your site, I was especially intrigued by your thoughts on diet remains essential. Can you advise which foods writers should focus more on? Foods to assist with concentration, foods that will fuel us, but not hang around forever? Can you think of a ‘writer-friendly’ diet?

Carla: The habit I suggest all my clients is planning ahead, buying healthy snacks in advance and having them at your desk will keep you satisfied and stop those afternoon sugar cravings to kick in that will hinder your concentration as well. Good examples of snacks to have at your desk would be:

  • Fruit or Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Protein Bar, Fruit & Nut Bar, or Energy Bar
  • Yogurt
  • Granola

And foods that will improve your focus:

  • Blueberries
  • Green tea
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Water
  • Dark chocolate
  • Flax seeds

Message for Writers

TWS: Lastly, and once again thank you for your time and sharing all this exciting information, but what would your ‘mantra’ be for writers?

Carla:I am responsible for my own destiny.”

This might not be specific to only writers but anything you do in life, everything you put your heart and soul in will be successful. I love knowing and reassuring myself that I am in control of my own life, my happiness, success, body, fitness, food, mental health and state of mind. It’s all up to you to make the decision and to take action.

As previously mentioned, I must stress that you visit her powerfully insightful site, its loaded with amazing tools that we can use on a day-to-day basis. What I find different about Carla, is she is real.

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I so enjoy Carla’s style, her outlook and her manner of simplifying matters. I know I am going to get started with my workout as of this very moment!

Do you have any ideas you would like to share? Please feel free to leave comments or contact me. Remember, I am always interested in posting Guest’s Blogs, so if you have anything insightful to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Blessed Be,

Sancheo

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11 New Freelance Writing Jobs

Are your fingers itching to get at that keyboard and earn some cash again? Here are the latest freelance writing jobs, fresh off the internet! Yes, I’ve been surfing the net to bring these 11 New Freelance Writing Jobs straight to your inbox! There is a range of diversity – from DogTV, to luxurious spa treatments, ghost writing and yes, writing for Martha Stewart 🙂 Check them all out and see which suits your passion best ~ Good Luck!

11 New Freelance Writing Jobs

11 New Freelance Writing Jobs

11 New Freelance Writing Jobs

1 Digital Community Journalist (South Africa)

Freelance journalist/content writer required to generate copy for a dynamic digital community newspaper. The position will be for an initial three-month performance based contract.

The journalist will source stories and cover events of interest that will be of relevance and interest to the target audience. The community publication will service the suburb of Morningside and surrounds.

The expectation will be that the journalist will be solely responsible for sourcing and creating appropriate content.
Ideally, they will need to generate 8 articles per week to sustain the publication. Questions contact: LaurentiaO@ince.co.za Read More and Apply Here.

2 DogTV

DOGTV, the First TV channel for dogs, is looking for a talented comic writer, to contribute to its ongoing marketing/content written materials. Must be funny. Must have experience in writing for blogs/newsletters/websites. Please send a text to demonstrate your comic abilities, questions or applications: info@dogtv.com  Read More

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3 Ghostwriter-Coach Needed

A C-level executive is looking for an ongoing relationship with a ghostwriter and/or coach to help her craft better presentations. Audiences include wealthy donors, top executives at foundations, companies, etc.

Budget is likely in the $5,000 to $10,000 range for the remainder of 2016, with the hope that the successful candidate would continue to work in 2017 (with a larger budget). Feel free to craft your proposal to meet the articulated budget. Apply Here.

4 Good Fruit Grower

Good Fruit Grower is looking for exceptional journalists to serve as regular contributors to the magazine from fruit-growing regions in the U.S. and beyond. We want people who can take photos and do in-depth, authoritative reports on technical issues. Experience in horticulture or science writing highly desirable.

The magazine pays competitive freelancer rates. Read More or apply to goodfruitjob@outlook.com

5 LCGC

LCGC is seeking freelance writers for paid assignments, writing and editing editorial content. Must be very knowledgeable about separation science techniques. LCGC welcomes manuscripts that
describe techniques and applications of all forms of chromatography and capillary electrophoresis and that are of immediate interest to users in industry, academia, and government. If interested, email our Editorial Director Laura Bush at lbuh@advanstart.com Read More.

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6 Martha Stewart

The editorial team  is looking for freelance writers to contribute a mix of newsy blog posts, buzzy listicles, and how-to guides. You will have the opportunity to pitch and write stories across several lifestyle topics including party ideas, holidays, crafts and DIY
projects, pets, beauty, home, food, and Martha herself.

This is a great opportunity for someone with strong lifestyle experience and an enthusiasm for the brand. Above all, we’re looking for someone who is highly organized, creative, and proactive with pitches.

Here are some examples of what we look for:

1. Sample 1

2. Sample 2

3. Sample 3

Hourly Rate/Salary: $25+ per story (depending on research)

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7 Modernize

This is a freelance writing opportunity for Modernize, a website that empowers homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on home projects with confidence. To inspire people to live more efficiently and increase their home’s value while reducing energy costs, Modernize links homeowners with the best pros specializing in four areas of exterior home improvements: solar installations, roofing, windows and HVAC solutions. Apply Here.

8 No Red Ink

NoRedInk is in need of a Content Creation Specialist. We are one of the fastest growing ed-tech companies in the country. Our learning engine helps students improve their grammar and writing skills using their personal interests and adaptive learning. Students answer over 4 million questions per day on our site, and we’re on a mission to eliminate the “red ink” on their papers. We’re backed by Google Ventures and other top-tier investors, and we’ve spread to over 33% of US school districts. Apply Here or Read More.

9 Remote Weekend Editor

We are looking for a part-time weekend editor who is knowledgeable about eSports, and is comfortable covering a wide range of games. You should be able to write about tournaments,matches, stand-out moments, and key players in anything from League of Legends, to Street Fighter, and even games like Catherine.

Every weekend, you will draw readers’ attention to the biggest happenings, conversations, and trends in competitive gaming, while also keeping them informed about any general gaming-related news. Video skills are desirable. Location: Remote. Read More or Apply

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10 Spa Week Daily

We’re looking for an energetic, quippy freelance writer with a love of spas, health, wellness, fashion, beauty and home as you will be working for a national brand’s daily lifestyle blog.

  • Create four to six editorial features monthly
  • Create relevant and engaging content based on new and best destinations as assigned and pitched
  • Work with the editor to generate ideas for new content topics
  • Meet submission deadlines
  • Provide media
  • Candidates will work remotely and are not expected to be on site. Candidates should be available for monthly kickoff calls and brainstorms as needed.  Contact: editorial@spaweekmedia.com Read More

11 The Writing Squad

The following positions have now opened:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Computer Science
  • Web content
  • SEO specialist

Looking for: Writers
Location: Multiple
Compensation: Very competitive rates Contact here

I trust that you will enjoy sharing your passion in one of these 11 New Freelance Writing Jobs, may your writings be well rewarded! Please do bear in mind that if you would like to share your story, advice or experiences with The Write Styles, please do feel free to Guest Blog For Us, as I would love to publish your story.

Remember to check out all the tips and guides if you are wishing to start your own freelance business,

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Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author

Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author

Zora Marie, author of Free of Asenten (Zelia the Phoenix of Hope Book 1), might be new to the author scene but she definitely takes off with a bang! As many authors compete against one another, Zora shares a unique perspective. She chooses to embrace other authors believing that authors stand a better chance together than apart. I found myself compelled to find out more about Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author. I trust you will find her diversity and outlook as compelling as I do!

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What does writing do for you?

Writing has done quite a few things for me. It’s given me a place to spill my guts and let my imagination run wild. Since I’ve been living with my family down south it has given me someplace to direct my pent up social energy. I suppose I should go out and make friends, but I’m a bit of an introvert. Even doing things like this can be a feat in of itself, but I’m getting better at it.

 

What inspires your writing?

Now, as far as what inspires my writing, that’s a whole other story. I have a love of Norse and Greek mythology, among a long list of others, and that definitely shows in my writing. While I love the original myths, I do have a little brother so I’ve been sure to write in a way that my work is age appropriate for children of young ages while also being deep enough to be an engaging read for the older generations.

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Another thing that you’ll notice about my writing is that my other hobbies, current and past, have a tendency to bleed into my writing. I won’t go into too much detail as I could be here for a while if I did, but I have experience tanning hides, processing my own food, making my own yarn, and a ton of other things that has given me a unique perspective about many things that most people my age haven’t the slightest perception of how it works.

Why did you take to writing?

Quite skimpily put, the story of Zelia had been bugging me for years. Finally, it demanded to be put down on paper.  I already had most of the world built and several of the characters fleshed out. In February I may have only started putting her world on paper.

I really didn’t have time to write, I made time. Cutting all television and most movie watching gave me the time to write between college assignments.  I love writing and would love to do it for a living, but I rather choose to write a compelling story than write to pay my bills.

How does writing help you?

Funny that you should ask. I’ve actually always been utterly horrible at spelling and grammar. However, as I’ve written and edited my work multiple times my spelling and grammar has improved. Not only that, but I’ve noticed that my research paper writing abilities have improved. Which is good, seeing as how I’ve been writing a lot of them this summer.

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Do you have days when you can’t write?

Certainly, I have actually just hit a wall with the first draft of book 3. I know where the story is going but I’m not sure how it’s going to get there. The characters are taking their sweet time decided where they want to go next.

What did you do to overcome these days?

I’ve found that editing other parts of the work or even earlier books in the series to be extremely helpful. It helps me get back into the character’s heads and stirs the kettle up a bit. If that doesn’t work I’ll step back and read a book. I have a few books on my shelf that are waiting to be read and a few works of Indy authors that are on my wish list.

When I read I delve into another author’s world and learn their writing style and when I come out I can look at my own work with a whole new light. Sometimes it’s almost as if I received an upgrade. When I learn something new or find something in someone else’s writing that bothers me, it opens my eyes to all kinds of things.

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What inspires you?

As of late, the most inspiring thing has been the willingness of authors to help each other. I know that I would not be where I am now if it weren’t for the advice and encouragement of both authors I have met in person and those I have met through social media. It’s my interactions with these people that make me want to strive to be a better person, one that is there and willing to lend a helping hand.

Zora Marie is truly a fascinating person and author, and yes, she most certainly has many unusual pastimes! You can find out more about her at her book launch – July 28th!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1275890145754928/

Zora Marie will be posting her exciting happenings as they unfold on her website in the weeks after the event so be sure to come poke around and support her at https://zoramarie.weebly.com and catch her exciting newsfeed onTwitter @AuthorZoraMarie

Thanks for having me!

Thanking Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author, for sharing her precious time, her energy and her passion with us all! If you wish to guest blog here and showcase your work on all my social networks, please don’t hesitate to contact me… I will do all I can to assist you!The Write Styles is her for YOU.

Blessed Be,

Sancheo


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7 Income Generating Websites!

7 Income Generating Websites!

Are you looking to showcase your work and get some decent cash in? Here are 7 Income Generating Websites that will really pay well for your writing skills. I have included submission links in each of them. If you are unable to use PayPal, please read 4 Alternatives to PayPal, it may just shed some light. I wish you the best of luck!

7 Income Generating Websites
7 Income Generating Websites

7 Income Generating Websites!

1. BirdChannel 

Our website, BirdChannel.com, is one of the largest bird websites out there. While we primarily focus on pet birds (parrots and some passerines), no bird topic is off limits. With hundreds of thousands of visitors every month, BirdChannel.com is the place for people to get the latest bird news, videos and information.

What We’re Looking For
Funny articles, like 5 Birds That Will Take Over The World. 

Thought-Provoking articles, like Therapy Birds: “Emotional Support Animal,” Or Merely A Pet?

Passionate, enthusiastic articles, like A Plea For Parakeets.

Feel good and educational articles, like 5 Lessons My African Grey Taught Me

We want writers that get birds and their people. Maybe you’re the person who refers to birds as “birbs.” Maybe you’re the person who all your friends call the “crazy bird lady/man.” If so, let’s talk.

What else are we looking for? People who care: about the craft of writing, about the subject matter, about our readers’ interests.  Read More.

2. Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan.com is building a network of talented and eager contributors. We want you to participate!

Send us an essay of no more than 800 words about a memorable, crazy, hilarious, or touching college experience. Stories about friends, class, dating, partying, studying, working, interning — anything that happened to you or around you in college is fair game. (Or: Tell us why you didn’t go to college, why college is bullshit, what you’re doing instead… )

If we publish your essay on Cosmopolitan.com, we’ll pay you $100 — and hit you up for future assignments. Submit here.

3. FlashMint

We, at FlashMint, are looking for talented Flash developers to contribute articles to FlashMint Tuts. If you’re skilled with Flash, Flex, ActionScript, Animation, we’ll pay you $150 for your work.
With every Flash tutorial accepted, you will also get a Short Bio for self promotion with a link to your website.

Within the couple of days we will let you know if your post has been accepted. If this is the case, we will contact you for payment details and personal information.

You might want to check Flash Tutorials Overview for more info before submitting tutorials. Read More.

7 Income Generating Websites!

4. The Introspectionist

The Introspectionist accepts unsolicited article ideas and pitches from freelance writers. Please read our editorial calendar and include the edition and theme for which your article idea would apply.

What We Are Looking For

Every month The Introspectionist chooses a theme and does a deep analysis of that theme. We try to look at a given theme from all angles and examine it in a detail that cannot be met with a single article. Therefore, we are always looking for unique angles on any of our themes. Please read our editorial calendar and if you have an interesting idea to share on any of our themes, do not hesitate to share it with us.

Stylistically, we publish several types of articles.

  • Articles that both tell a story and inform.
  • Persuasive essays, creative non-fiction, and in-depth informational pieces.
  • One piece of short fiction and one poem every month which relate directly to the theme of that issue.
  • We accept shorter submissions for our featured departments.

The departments contain articles from 100 to 500 words and can vary in style from informative to entertaining but must be stimulating and relate to the central theme.

The Introspectionist publishes more intelligent and in-depth articles than your average woman’s magazine. We expect thought-provoking insites, uniquely informative pieces, and above all else, for you to show your work. Every article should have footnotes and links to where the reader can find more information. Reference peer reviewed articles from journals, books, and other high quality material.

Compensation

  • Department piece (from 100 to 500 words), we pay $25.
  • Feature article up to 2000 words, we pay $100.
  • For a feature article up to 5000 words, we pay $200.
  • Short fiction pieces pay $25.
  • Poems pay $25.
  • Each contributor will receive a photograph and short bio in that issue. Read More/Submit

Guest Bloggers and Blog Posts

We look for guest bloggers for a two month series of blog posts, publishing 1 to 3 blog posts per week. Topics can be as broad or as narrow as you want, but must be of specific interest to women and fit into the general overall feel of the The Introspectionist. The guest blogger positions are paid positions. If you would like to be a guest blogger for The Introspectionist, please submit a brief description of your topic idea, including several specific post ideas, and two blog posts as examples of your writing style. You can submit your ideas to GuestBlogger@TheIntrospectionist.com

5. Knitty

When it comes to winter, nothing could be more Knittylike. We need layers to stay warm, lots of yummy sweaters especially. Cardigans, pullovers, vests…maybe not dickies. But also hats, socks, mittens, gloves, scarves…and what else? What have you created that our readers can’t wait to see? Think traditional shapes knit in an untraditional way, innovative techniques or innovative uses of traditional techniques. Get creative!

Remember that we love new things that have only existed previously in your imagination (remember this and this?)! Be creative! Innovate! We exist to give your work a very visible platform so you can reach thousands and thousands of knitters. So give it your best shot!

To get some ideas about what we love for Winter, take a peek at some of our previous issues.

6. The NewWest

In a time of dynamic change, New West aims to serve as a nexus of dialogue, a bridge between communities that may be distant in geography or occupation, but share common interests and hopes for the region as it inevitably continues to grow. New West is a smart guide to the issues, trends and events that impact the fabric of the region and it stands for forward thinking about the big picture.

The main topics we cover and discuss on New West are broadly: Culture, politics, growth, demographics, energy, environmental issues, new economy (tech, biotech, venture capital, etc.), tourism and travel, lifestyle, outdoors, wildlife, Western literature, film and food.

The majority of our content is provided by our network of editors and writers but we do offer several ways to write with NewWest.Net:

All queries should be sent via email to editor@newwest.net.

  • Your own blog on NewWest.Net: If you’re interested in having a room of your own on NewWest.Net, we’re all ears. Read More

7. Perceptive Travel 

If you are a published print book author or anthology editor who is interested in being a part of this award-winning publication, then welcome! Perceptive Travel is designed to plug a hole, to fill a niche, to serve an unserved need for quality writing aimed at independent travelers.

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As a book author with something to say, you can probably count on one hand the travel magazines you respect. Many of those that offered a place for perceptive writers to really let loose have fallen by the wayside. Independent travelers don’t have a whole lot to choose from on the magazine rack. Read More.

I trust these 7 Income Generating Websites are helpful. If you would like to guest blog at The Write Styles, I would love to hear your pitch and will gladly grant you links to the sites of your choice. If you have any ideas or even questions, please feel free to contact me as I would love to hear from you!

Blessed Be,

Sancheo