Starting a Freelance Writing Career (or Thoughts About Taking the Plunge)

Written by Michele R. Acosta

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Many of my well wishers countered with questions that unintentionally poked holes in my game face. "Write what?" they asked. "For whom?" they asked. The answers to their questions involved explainingrepparttar vast quantities of research through which I had only recently begun to sift. I felt my courage failing because I could not adequately explainrepparttar 151059 process I was only beginning to understand myself. That insidious self-doubt began to erode my courage.

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That opportunity belongs torepparttar 151061 writer who can stick it out. As I delve into some ofrepparttar 151062 markets listed online and read about their requirements, I now think: "I can do that!" A torrent of ideas spouts out of me as I work, as I sleep, as I drive car pool. I have several pieces started, a myriad of sticky notes hanging from shelves in my office, and a legal pad with several pages of notes. My game face is back and forrepparttar 151063 first time it is supported with real confidence.

Looking back onrepparttar 151064 those first weeks and months, I realize what I have accomplished. I have takenrepparttar 151065 first step - I maderepparttar 151066 decision to write for a living. I have learned that writing query letters isrepparttar 151067 standard and expected practice for pitching ideas to potential markets. I have learned what information should be included in a query letter. I have learned that Writer's Market isrepparttar 151068 best place to find those markets.

I am now takingrepparttar 151069 next step: I'm looking for appropriate markets and writing query letters to pitch my ideas. We'll see...

Michele R. Acosta is a writer, a former English teacher, and the mother of three boys. She spends her time writing and teaching others to write. Visit for writing & educational resources for young authors, teachers, & parents. Copyright (c) 2004-2005 The Writing Tutor & Michele R. Acosta. All rights reserved.

Check Your English Grammar With This Easy Technique

Written by Heris Yunora

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-Don't forget to notice what isrepparttar language ofrepparttar 150814 website. For example,repparttar 150815 word "biz" and "bizz" both have many search result. But onlyrepparttar 150816 word "biz" is used inrepparttar 150817 English website.

Sometimes some websites have typing errors. Be cautious about it!

The same technique can also be applied to check a grammatical error.

For example, if you are in doubt which one isrepparttar 150818 right sentence:

"The brave man swam overrepparttar 150819 river yesterday." or "The brave man swam accrossrepparttar 150820 river yesterday"?

Followrepparttar 150821 steps above, but don't forget to putrepparttar 150822 (") symbol inrepparttar 150823 beginning and inrepparttar 150824 end ofrepparttar 150825 sentence, in order that Google will not cut it.

If your sentence is too long, try to cut it.

Forrepparttar 150826 above example, just type "swam overrepparttar 150827 river" and then "swam accrossrepparttar 150828 river".

However, you should take care in checking sentences, because not every sentence can be checked with this technique.

One more thing, it is very difficult if you want to check emotions of a sentence. For example, you can not check whether "Would you please...?" is more polite than "Will you please...?" by using this technique.

That's why you should use English everyday on any occassion, so that you will get used to it.

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