July 25, 2014

Flash Fiction Challenge – Part IV by Iain Mackenzie

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 Terrible Minds – Flash Fiction Challenge Part IV A note from Samantha Gluck: My friends, and even those who read my work without ever engaging me,  know full well that I’m a journalist and content strategist and that I feel profoundly blessed to be able to make a living doing what I love and, more […]

Eight Effective Feature Story Leads – Journalist Juice

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared my journalist juice here on Freelance Writing Dreams, so I thought you might like some tips on how to write effective feature story leads. Typically, straight news stories use summary leads, but you’ll want to craft a catchier, more enticing lead for your feature story. Come up with […]

Seven Boss Ways to Improve Your New Writing Website

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I recently wrote an article about the importance of building a brand for writers, inspired by my good friend and mentor (whether she realizes she mentors me or not), Laura Spencer of Writing Thoughts. One of the best ways to begin building brand awareness is to start a writer’s website. You can offer writing advice […]

Secrets of Writing Seductive Headlines that Sizzle

Write heads that tug at the romantic notions in your readers.

Do people miss your headlines? Or perhaps they read them and feel a sudden, overwhelming urge to lie down in a comfy spot and visit the land of nod? If your headlines work better than an Ambien® as a sleep inducer, wake up! Yes, you do need a great lead, followed by relevant content that […]

7 Ways to “Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling” to Your Writing

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Are you a freelance writer?  Do you feel burnt out at times?  Have you lost that lovin’ feeling when it comes to your writing? As a professional freelance writer your job requires that you write even when you don’t feel like it.  You’ve got bills to pay, deadlines to meet and clients to please.  You […]

Write Persuasive Prose Like the Pros

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When you write to prove a point, you’re writing to persuade – to change the reader’s opinion. It’s not often easy to persuade someone to change his mind or take a stand. Doing so requires a thorough understanding of the subject at hand as well as thoughtful planning and strong evidentiary support. For instance, don’t […]

Take Your Writing from Fail to Festive by Ramping Up the Style

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  Designers and style-of-the-moment enthusiasts, alike, ramp-up their runways and closets as the seasons turn and sometimes in between. Do you adjust and tweak your writing style on a regular basis? If you don’t, you should. OK, I’ll admit that changing or adding a new writing style to your repertoire in concert with fickle US […]

Freelance Writers – Write Headlines and Leads Like a Pro Journalist

Headlines and leads capture your reader and keep him until the end.

Journalist headline and lead crafting secrets uncovered. The Dream Team talks so your website rocks – Part III Headlines and leads represent two of the most important elements of any news story – or anything, in article format, that you want others to read to the end. Headlines must hook the reader by capturing his […]

How to Interview Sources Like a Pro Journalist

First-hand experiences and expert voices add authority to your writing.

Become an interview expert to take your freelance writing career to the next level. As a health care journalist, I tend to think of myself as a current events broker, rather than just a news writer. Think about it – journalists research and investigate important events and decide which ones have enough human interest and […]

Secret Writing Techniques of News Journalists Revealed

Critical facts first, fluff facts for nosey types last.

No Longer Cloaked in Mystery – The FWD Dream Team Exposes Reporter Secrets Part I Whether you’re a professional copywriter, author, editor, or blogger, it’s helpful to know how to write a news feature story. More preparation and work goes into the polished final product you read in the morning paper or news website than […]