#OBEW Week Five – Strunk and White – The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition

Omit needless words

William Strunk Jr.

It seems to me that a lot of online freelance writing advice focuses on client relations, increasing income and general best business practices.

There’s comparatively little which examines the use of language and how to improve your prose.

It’s strange, right? After all, your ability to create killer copy is the attribute your whole career hinges upon. I don’t care if you can attract dozens of clients every week, if you can’t write worth a damn then it’s all for naught.

To kick off the OBEW challenge I reviewed Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s an awesome book which isn’t only an easy and interesting read but also offers some sound advice on improving prose. Continue Reading

How to Find Original Content Ideas

Original content production

Where the hell are you supposed to get the ideas for all of the awesome, unique content that’s going to keep your audience coming back for more? It’s a difficult question to answer. Most believe that originality is an individual effort. That coming up with kick ass innovative content and reaching the ‘genius’ level is […]

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#OBEW Week Four – Peter Bowerman – The Well Fed Writer

The Well Fed Writer, Peter bowman, Book review, OBEW challenge

Success as a freelance commercial writer is far more about a process than a personality. It’s far more about a lot of things you have to do, than some way you have to be. – Peter Bowerman Can you really make six figures or more as a freelance writer? It’s a question a lot of […]

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#OBEW Week Three – Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” -Dale Carnegie For a long time I’ve known success isn’t necessarily a result of skill or ability, but is something that depends on your ability to […]

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#OBEW Challenge – Week Two – Chris Guillebeau: The $100 Startup

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“Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life.” – Chris Guillebeau I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with this book. The $100 Startup is  extremely well written and the passion of it’s author, Chris Guillebeau, really shines through in every single sentence. Throughout the book we’re treated to various case studies and anecdotal retellings of entrepreneurs who’ve […]

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The Simple Way to Find Clients on Social Media

Social media client prospecting

I bet you’ve done it before. Times are hard, your regular clients haven’t got any work for you and you’ve got bills to pay. Time’s running out. So what do you do? In a panic fuelled move you turn to the one place that gets your message in front of hundreds, maybe even thousands of […]

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#OBEW Challenge – Week One – Stephen King – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King On writing

“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” ― Stephen King Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is nothing short of incredible. Whilst the pretentious literary elite extol the value we read Tolstoy or Eliot, you’re more likely to […]

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Seven Awesome Blogs for Freelance Writers and Bloggers

freelance writer, keep up and blog on

Being able to make a sentence sound pretty isn’t all that’s required of a freelance writer. To quote an incredibly tired (yet true) cliché, knowledge is power. Creating truly killer content requires a deep and unique insight into your chosen niche, or failing that, some incredible research skills and a knack for spinning a decent story […]

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