"Ten Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Freelance Writer"

Written by Linda Elizabeth Alexander

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7. Who will be doingrepparttar writing?

Busy, successful writers often outsource writing projects to other writers. Any businessperson who does this will be sure to sendrepparttar 129453 work to someone he or she trusts to dorepparttar 129454 work to your specifications. However, if you are used to working with one particular writer you may not want your job farmed out. Think about it before you decide.

8. What is included inrepparttar 129455 price?

Revisions? How many? Willrepparttar 129456 writer expect to get reimbursed for travel time or long distance phone calls for research? Will s/he charge for meeting in person?

9. What other services do you provide?

Sometimes writers offer graphic design services as well as freelance writing. If this isrepparttar 129457 case, they might be focused on more than writing your piece - they also have to worry about design, layout and production. If you want a top-notch copywriter, stick with someone who concentrates on writing.

If, however,repparttar 129458 writer is teamed up with other professionals or can refer you to designers or printers, feel free to take advantage of this service.

10. I have another project for you. Will you accept?

If you likerepparttar 129459 writer's work, by all means, hire her/him again! It is good to establish long term relationships with writers for several reasons:

*Reliability and dependability are hard to come by. If you find somebody that works well with you, that you can count on to be professional and meet your deadlines, it is wise to hire that person again.

*Style. A writer, or any contracted vendor, will get to know your company and its products over time. The better they know you and your needs,repparttar 129460 better able they are to help you.

*Consistency. If you are usingrepparttar 129461 same person to write all your materials, you will send a consistent message throughout your internal and external communications. Your corporate image will flourish as a result.

Ask these questions and you are sure to find a talented, hard working, creative and dependable freelance writer with whom you can build a lucrative relationship.

Linda Elizabeth Alexander is a business writer and marketing consultant based in Longmont, Colorado, USA. Improve your writing skills at work! Subscribe to her FREE ezine. Write to the Point at lalexander@write2thepointcom.com or visit http://www.write2thepointcom.com/articles.html.


Written by ARTHUR ZULU

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4. Are My Characters Believable? If you start by wondering whether your reader may believe your characters or not, you will not excel. After all, even in real life situations, there are persons who behave as if they are not of this world. Your reader may identify with one or two of your characters.

Have you read Charles Dickens? You may have noticed that his characters are larger than life –- unbelievable. There was one of his characters (I can’t remember his name now), in his book, DAVID COPPERFIELD, whose life pre-occupation wasrepparttar compilation of a dictionary. And there he was, struggling some where in letter “D” or so, in his old age, but still optimistic of reaching his cherished goal beforerepparttar 129451 final call. Do such people live on earth? Yet, Charles Dickens remainsrepparttar 129452 greatest novelist, who has ever lived.

5. How Should They Speak? You will have to varyrepparttar 129453 speech patterns of your characters. Fromrepparttar 129454 royal and dignified speech of a king, torepparttar 129455 learned and pedantic discourse of scientists; fromrepparttar 129456 lowly and untrained language of a court servant, torepparttar 129457 meaningless quibbling of a child.

In short,repparttar 129458 speeches should reflectrepparttar 129459 various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds of your characters.

1.What Are My Characters’ Motives? There should be a motive forrepparttar 129460 actions of your characters. Or is it not so in life? For example, why do people love, or hate one another? Why do some kill, while others like charity? Why do people work? Or why do they have ambition? Or, to bringrepparttar 129461 chickens to roost –- why do you want to write a best – seller?

If your reader doesn’t find satisfactory motives behindrepparttar 129462 actions of your characters, then you have not communicated.

7. Do my Characters Contribute torepparttar 129463 Development of my Story? This is a good question. In story writing, you may decide to be he story-teller. Or, you may leave that task to one, or several of your characters. What your characters say, therefore, should have bearing torepparttar 129464 subject matter, andrepparttar 129465 outworking of your story. Put differently, they should dorepparttar 129466 work you want them to do.

Do you want them to fight over something, or to love or kill themselves? Which character is doing what, and which characters are inrepparttar 129467 know, or are ignorant of those actions?

In doing so, you are using your characters to inform your reader. And if you do it well, you would have succeeded in pulling out a good story.

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