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The Ink Well Guild blog brings insights, answers questions, and gives you the information you need to make it on your own as a freelance writer.

How to hire an editor (and know it’ll be a good experience)

Maybe it’s a sales page you want to get just right. Maybe it’s the content for your new course. Maybe you’ve decided to self-publish a book to support your credibility and your brand. Whatever it is, you want to hire an editor to make sure everything looks good and...

How to start a freelance writing business

One of the questions I get alllll the time when I tell people I work for myself as a freelance writer is this: How did you get started in that? Turns out, not many people know how to start a freelance writing business. That's why this is a great question, really. What...

When your client disappears, here’s what to do

Crickets… Not what you want in your inbox when you’re waiting to hear from a client. One minute, you were trucking productively along; the next, you’re at a critical juncture with deafening silence from the other end. So what do you do when your client disappears? If...

Beat burnout. Here’s how

Burnout. The dry eyes. The heavy limbs. The numb brain. Burnout happens to the best of us (and the rest of us, too).  But if you’re smart and you’re paying attention, you can avoid burnout and keep working this lifestyle business to the fullest. So What’s Burnout?...

How to work from home with a baby

  Not many of us have the opportunity (ahem) to work when we’ve got a baby to take care of, and there’s nothing quite like being in that position for the very first time. The questions, the trial and error, the constant second-guessing, the vortex of “no right...

Everyone is a bad writer (but you don’t have to stay that way)

  Lots of people have thought about freelancing but haven’t done anything beyond express their curiosity. And a pretty frequent objection to starting out as a freelance writer is this: I’m a bad writer. I have three things to say about that. 1. Everyone is a bad...

3 quirky but effective ways to capture your content ideas

  When you're in idea-generation mode (and that should be often!), you need to have a way to capture your content ideas before they flit through your brain and then get buried by whatever else you've got going on. It's good to have a master list of some sort where you...

How to be a rock star to your target market

When you're trying to get your name out as an expert -- whether you're building your email list, establishing your credibility, or simply taking your work to the next level -- you need to become known in your target market. Start popping up everywhere, especially in...

3 quick but critical tips to improve your writing

  Plenty of factors play into improving your content. One of the most significant -- the very foundation of all your content -- is your ability to write well. Every blog post, every social media update, every infographic... it all comes down to pulling together...

Motivation is a farce (and here’s why)

Here's the thing about motivation: It’s a delusion. It's not a strategy.  If you're relying on “motivation” -- or on her even more flighty little sister “inspiration” -- to propel you through the work of writing, you're going to have a hard time reaching your goals....

How to self-edit, even if you’re “not a good editor”

  Editing is hard, am I right? Especially if it's a self-edit. If you sent up a resounding yes to that, you aren't alone. A lot of writers struggle with editing their own work. And while to an extent editing is a skill that has to be learned, there is something you...