Keep Your Brain Sharp: 5 Apps for Word Nerds and Smarty Pants
Whether you prefer challenging bots or friends, take a break with one of our favorite word game apps for word nerds.
A Guide to Making More in Digital Content Writing (Well, Is There Any Other Kind?)
For better or worse, the digital age has made us all writers. But if your dream is to see more of your byline in screen-generated light (and more of the income it brings you), here’s a digital content writing guide to help your search (and not become yesterday’s meme).
After Copy Editing: 4 Fool-Proof Tips for Proofreaders
Proofing and copy editing are different tasks, but in a field where people are expected to wear many hats, the two terms are conflated. Think of copy editing as the step before proofing, but follow these four key tips to be a better proofreader.
2018 Survey Results: How Much Should I Pay a Freelance Writer? [Infographic]
The survey results are in! See our ‘2018 Freelance Writer Survey: Experience, Pay and Gender’ infographic. Which freelancers are more likely to create various content types? How much should you expect to pay per word or per hour? See the breakdown of pay rates in four levels of freelancer experience, and by gender.
Navigating Ethics Between Journalism and Content Writing
Today, writers are in the middle of a new normal, charged like many professionals to straddle the line between traditional reporting and content writing. Take the advice of these fellow writers and experts on maintaining your principles, street cred — and income.
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Content Around the Globe: The Travel Writing Niche (It Ain’t All Glam)
Travel writing might seem glamorous, but it’s definitely not all about mai tais and the beach. To be successful takes a bit of grit and worldly knowhow. We’ll snap you back into reality, gently, with editor and writer John Newton, who’s worked for Condé Nast Traveler and AFAR magazines.
The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Working With a Top Ad Agency
Know what it takes to write for an agency? We’d like to thank J Barbush, VP & Creative Director at advertising powerhouse RPA, for his advice for aspiring freelancers. Read up on his six key tips for bettering your chances and success working with creative agencies.
Mantras for a Better Freelance Writing Portfolio to Catapult Your Career
After managing hundreds of freelancers and reviewing countless applications and portfolios in his media career, editorial chief Justin McKinley offers his advice to make the most authentic and effective freelance writing portfolio.
Want to Write for Robots? Here’s How According to Microsoft Cortana’s Deborah Harrison
Who are the people putting the words, phrases and witty retorts into the “mouths” of robots? Learn what it takes to be the voice behind virtual assistants in our interview with Deborah Harrison, one of the original architects for the personality of Microsoft’s Cortana. Plus, more insights on this entirely new kind of writing between humans and machines, and how it will impact brands (and all of us).
How to Blend Your Voice With a Brand’s Voice
Excellent writers can write for anyone, but finding the middle ground where your voice suits the voice of your client can be tough. Writer Chels Knorr, who’s worked with many name brands, shares her tips on striking the right tone and balance for any client.
Don’t Edit Your Own Work (But Double-Check These 9 Things Before You Press Send)
It’s the rule: Don’t edit your own work. This doesn’t get your out of the responsibility of being both the first and last eyes on your piece though. Catch the fly balls, so your editor can worry about the trickier plays. Double-check these nine things before you click submit.
A Little Refresher on the Complexity of Adverbs (and When Not to Use Them)
Adverbs. Love ’em or hate ’em, they can be the gateway to bad writing if you don’t use them appropriately. Take a little refresher on this oft-maligned part of speech.
Behind the Scenes: 6 Great Writing Lessons Learned at a ‘Family Guy’ Table-Read
What does it take to be endlessly creative and funny — for 15+ seasons? We went behind the scenes of Fox’s animated hit ‘Family Guy’ and spoke with executive producer Steve Callaghan, who has been staffed on ‘Family Guy’ since the beginning, having written 23 episodes and counting to date. Learn how his team approaches their writing like karate, and more.
Writing for Listeners (and Smart Speakers): Four Writers for Radio Share Their Craft
With the rise in text-to-speech, smart speakers, podcasts and audio courses, more and more writers need to examine the fundamental differences between writing for print and “writing for radio.” We rounded up some of the best tips for gearing your content and marketing to listeners, not just readers, in the age of Alexa and Siri.
How the Creator of the ‘Mortified’ Phenom Turned America’s Diaries Into a Global Movement
Are you sitting on content gold and don’t even know it? Open your creative vault with our Q&A with the mind behind ‘Mortified’, David Nadelberg. Learn how he turned an “accidentally funny” experiment (that cost 350 bucks) into a burgeoning franchise, including a new show that premieres this month on Amazon and Netflix.
Here’s How to Land Impressive Interviews That Make Great Content
Whether you’re writing for a brand or an editorial pub, interviewing primary sources is crucial for boosting your cred. We’ll humble-brag for writer Gregg Rosenzweig as he shares how he successfully has landed interviews with stars, including Kobe Bryant, Steve Carell, George Lopez, Eva Longoria, Suze Orman, Magic Johnson… and even astronaut Buzz Aldrin.