Going Back to Square One

Back to the beginning,

Have you ever felt as though you’ve lost your direction?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the progression of Have a Word and I’ve got to say that I’m not happy. I feel as though the site is floundering, and I think I know why.

I started this site in an effort to help others who were in the same position as myself. Those who wanted to pursue a career in freelance writing but had zero professional experience as well as no contacts or samples to use in marketing themselves. Continue Reading

Solving the Problem of an Unresponsive Client

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A few weeks ago I was sat watching TV wondering why one of my clients had ‘gone dark’. I’d asked for an update on a new customer of her’s which required a reply taking no longer than 30 seconds. Communication with this client had always been somewhat sporadic, each request often took one or two […]

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Relying On One or Two Clients? Then You’re a Fool

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The life of a freelancer is anything but secure. Projects end, are brought to an early stop or clients decide to create all of their content in-house. When you get the email that a project is no longer continuing it sucks. It will happen to all of us at some point and the best you […]

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10 Tips to Better Proofread Your Own Work

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Perfect articles are a rare thing. Think of all the articles and posts you read on a day-to-day basis and try to remember the last one you didn’t skim read, the one which held your attention for its full duration and really made you stop to think. The type of article that’s going to keep […]

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Finding the Right Email Address for Your Query/Pitch/LOI

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I’ve always hated job hunting. It takes far too much time, is extremely monotonous and repetitive. Then there’s the frustration of never hearing back after spending countless hours trawling job sites and customising your applications. When I left my office job I thought things could only get better, and for the most part they have. […]

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Are Writing Job Boards All They Could Be?

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For the budding wordsmith not yet initiated into the world of freelance writing it can seem as though the various job boards offer an abundant and varied supply of great client opportunities. This was a view I myself held for quite a while, one I’m sad to say has slowly deteriorated as I’ve become more […]

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My Top Writing Pet Peeves

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently on how to improve myself as a writer.  Whilst a lot of this research is focused on specific types of writing, particularly copywriting, I’ve found the most useful materials to be those which offer general writing advice. I’ve particularly enjoyed and benefited from Stephen King’s On Writing […]

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Should You be Ghostwriting? The Pros and Cons of Being a Ghostwriter.

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There’s an incredibly narcissistic part of me which wants to see my name next to as many articles and posts as possible. For my name to be internationally recognised in the world of online writers and bloggers, but not for the reasons you might think. I don’t want to show off down the pub to […]

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