Posts Tagged ‘Freelance Writing’

Returning Soon from Summer Vacation…

In News on July 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm

After a brief hiatus, I’m happy to report that The AC Daily will be back up and running by the end of July!

Check back soon for some fresh new posts including:

1.  Article idea lists

2. Top 10 articles in a spotlight category

3.  Screencasts of writing tips and ways to promote your content

4. Guest posts from CPs

5.  Tools and tutorials to help you make the most of AC

And, if anybody would like to contribute a guest post or interview for the ‘Who in the World?’ section, send me a note and I’ll be in touch!



Writing Tips: Staying Motivated to Keep On, Keeping On…

In Writing Tips on April 8, 2008 at 6:00 am

Some days the words just flow and you fill up those pages with plenty of great ideas. Other days may leave you with a blank page and a blinking cursor waiting in anticipation for that next clever word.

If you need some motivation to keep on, keeping on, turn to the writing masters of days gone by for a few pointers.

Here are some quotes from a few notable writers; scribble them down or commit them to memory and give your creative spirit a nudge:

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” Robert Benchley

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”Joseph Pulitzer

“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.”David Hare

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.”Truman Capote

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” Samuel Johnson

“When I sit down at my writing desk, time seems to vanish. I think it’s a wonderful way to spend one’s life.” -Erica Jong

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”Ben Franklin

“Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.”Elie Wiesel

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” Peter de Vries, writer and satirist for the New Yorker

Have a quote of your own to share? Post it below!

Writing Tips: Branching Out in Your Writing Career

In Writing Tips on January 18, 2008 at 7:00 am

Whether you’re an AC machine cranking out articles day after day, or thinking about launching a freelance writing career as a second job, there are many ways to keep that writing flame burning.

The best way to develop your writing skills is simply by writing more; practice, practice, and edit away to your masterpiece.  Exploring new topics, delving into new forms of writing, and reading as much as possible from The Greats are other ways to build your talents and learn as much as possible about your craft along the way.

If this is your year to make it as a writer, here are 11 Writing Project Ideas for Freelancers to tickle your brain with and spark a few ideas.

The Daily Find: Mardi Gras Recipes – Cajun Style Meals, Snacks, and More

In The Daily Find on January 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm

jambolaya_5_bg_102900.jpgThe Article: Mardi Gras Recipes – Cajun Style Meals, Snacks, and More

The Author: Nneka Onu

Why It’s Worth a Read: With Mardi Gras festivities right around the corner, coming up with yet another holiday menu isn’t on the top of your agenda. Spend time planning your parade and bead-collecting strategy instead by leaving the hard work of recipe-making to this CP; this article offers some tasty meal ideas with a Cajun flair. Jambalaya, anyone?

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Writing Tips: Five Ways to Write Headlines They Can’t Ignore

In Writing Tips on January 9, 2008 at 6:26 am

Writing articles for the web involves learning the basics of journalistic style and advertising tactics. You’re presenting a product (your article) and hoping that people will read beyond the summary to click through to your masterpiece.

No matter how great your article is, it’s the headline is what will turn a simple glance into a full-on read. Think about what causes you to pick up that issue of People magazine at the checkout line, or turn to the middle of a newspaper after only reading a few words on the front page. It’s the headline that has piqued your interest and now you’re begging for more.

The headline is one of the most important elements of a successful article on the web; a few choice words will either make or break your article in the chaotic medley of topics found on the internet.

While keywords are an important part of the right headline, your focus needs to be on the reader. What key message or idea can you present in just eight words or less?
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The Daily Find: How to Make Your Favorite Foods Red or Pink

In The Daily Find on January 8, 2008 at 1:00 pm

valentines-day.jpgThe Article: Valentine’s Day Recipes – How to Make Your Favorite Foods Red or Pink

The Author: Andrea Coventry

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’re anxious to serve cocktails and desserts for V-day happy hour, but don’t know how to keep up with the theme. This article helps you make those all-important decision so you’re dressing up breakfast with strawberries in your oatmeal, and toasting the night with a Tequila rose (or two).

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Daily Find: How to Make Great Coffee

In The Daily Find on January 6, 2008 at 7:00 am

90px-french_press.jpgThe Article:  How to Make Great Coffee

The Author:  Larry Fowler

Why It’s Worth a Read:  It’s time to give yourself a wake-up call from the Starbucks bill as of late; the time has come to put that French press you got for Christmas to good use. The tips in this article are sure to help you become an at-home barista in no time.

AC Nuggets: How to Write a Quality Article Efficiently

In AC Nuggets, Writing Tips on January 4, 2008 at 7:00 am

One of the best ways to continue getting high offers on AC is to write quality articles consistently.

No matter how long you’ve been writing for AC, there’s always an opportunity to learn more and improve your skills. You can get better at not only how you write, but also what you write about.

Take a look at the work of CPs such as Amy Brantley and Freedom to Work and you’ll notice a pattern. Their writing consistently flows in the same way, and their topics are easy to read, informative, and provide just enough information to follow the headline’s main idea.

How can you change your approach to article writing so that it’s more consistent, of better quality, and still an enjoyable process?

Much can be learned from ‘old-fashioned’ writing process of outlining the topic, setting up your research nodes, and then pulling together all your information for a balanced article.

But this can take a lot of your precious time, and severely limit your ability to write between 5-10 articles per day (a goal for many CPs who turn to AC for a part-time income).

The solution?
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Who in the World is Tina Samuels?

In Interviews on January 3, 2008 at 6:00 am

tina samuelsShe’s been freelancing for over 15 years, and has helped many-an AC reader learn the ins and outs of gardening like a pro. If you haven’t gotten a green thumb from reading Tina Samuel’s articles, you might turn to her book A Georgia Native Plant Guide for a few more tips.

When she’s not digging up fresh ideas for AC articles, this CP can be found waging war on the enemy with a game of World of Warcraft. I headed out to the field to learn who in the world Tina Samuels really is:

S: How did you get started with writing for AC?

T: Back in 2005 I stumbled across a link to places that were accepting content. I signed up because I was only doing a few columns and sites back then. They were paying very well, near $20 per article, so it was a nice side gig. It’s much harder there now.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

T: I really like the humor sections,
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AC Nuggets: How to Use Zimbio to Promote Your AC Content

In AC Nuggets on January 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm

If you’re like most eager AC Content Producers, you’re always on the lookout for effective ways to promote your AC content.

Many Content Producers simply don’t have the time to submit each and every url to different social networks, and would rather not spam friends and family with their latest published articles.

For anyone who would rather play the social networking wallflower, there is another way to increase page views; Zimbio is a new social media aggregator that can help you promote your blog, articles, and most importantly, your AC content.

Start increasing your pageviews ASAP with this simple guide: How to Use Zimbio to Promote Your AC Content