Four FREE Tools Help Aspiring Writers

Written by Cheryl Paquin

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Journalist Express is at — don't miss this site, it's great. The owners of this site are also working on WiredJournalist where you can send news links and tips to your wireless phone.

Writer's Digest Book Club — Although not technically totally free,repparttar Writer's Digest Book Club currently has a special offer, where you can join by buying one book for $11.99 and receive two others free. Joiningrepparttar 129904 club is one way to build up your own instructional library. I signed up a few months ago, and bought a grammar book, a guide to freelance writing andrepparttar 129905 Writer's Market 2000 for about $17 (included shipping). No aspiring writer should be withoutrepparttar 129906 Writer's Market guide — not only does it have information on thousands of markets to sell your writing, it also has interesting articles, explainingrepparttar 129907 ins and outs of contracts, rights and publishing. This book itself sells for around $27.99. If you joinrepparttar 129908 book club, you are under no obligation to buy a certain amount each year. Information aboutrepparttar 129909 club and a list of books can be found at: (You always receive a free gift for joining).

The Writer's Digest Web site at, has links to Hot Markets and competitions for writers. There is lots of good information at this site, which is additional torepparttar 129910 Writer's Digest magazine.

That's it — just some great, free resources for writers. Check them out!

C.S. Paquin is a nationally published writer in both the business and humor markets. Cheryl has a Master Of Arts in Journalism and has been writing freelance for over five years. She contributes regularly to regional publications in Minnesota. She is the owner and editor of, a site for creative nonfiction and essay writers. Enter the 'I Wannabe Erma' Essay Contest at

Hot Flashes of a Freelancer

Written by Cheryl Paquin

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September 2000:

Children return to school, hurrah. House gets sold. No time to be a freelance writer as we pack and try to find somewhere to live. Hurrah, magazine with travel appears — my first “glossy”. Am immensely thrilled and feel famous.

October 2000:

Settle into new abode — children are lice-free; toddler is at childcare, recommence freelance writing career. Cold and flu season begins — children take turns at being ill over three-week period. Just as they are well, I get sick.

November 2000:

Hurrah! Magazine editor that published travel article calls and asks me to write monthly articles — only small piece but feel like a very minor celebrity, however a poor one.

December 2000:

No time for writing! Consumed with making arty-crafty gifts for arty-crafty inlaws. Seriously weigh up if freelancing is viable venture. Feeling very homesick and isolated as a work-at-home mother -- missing festive activities of work life. Decide, however, that working fulltime, and coordinating offspring between school and childcare, would be too difficult. Decide to get REALLY serious about writing as soon as new year rolls around. Heartened at year-end to discover I made a very small profit from writing endeavors.

January 2001:

Have lots and lots of ideas for queries and meticulously list them, research them, but seem to have no time to write actual queries. Realize I spend far too much time thinking about being a writer than actually writing. Realize that motivation isrepparttar only way to achieve writing success. Realize at times I am sadly lacking. However, do have regular magazine contribution and editing work so at least feel like I’m achieving something.

February 2001: editing gig folds in current economic climate. Sigh! Back torepparttar 129902 resume, and trawling online job sites, and piles of query letters. Anxiously checking mailbox each day for checks owing from aforementioned to appear.

Realize I will have to work a lot harder if I want to travel to Australia this year. However, at least freezing cold nights are spent at home with offspring safely ensconced at feet.

Decide to make last-ditch attempt at writing. Set achievable goals — both writing and financial, and resolve to find a cure for procrastination — self discipline.

C.S. Paquin ( is a nationally published writer in a variety of genres — from news writing to humor. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism, and dreams of being a best-selling author. Her first writing love, however, is creative nonfiction and personal essays. Cheryl currently contributes to regional publications in Minnesota and she is the Editor of The Writer's Lounge (

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