Living as a successful freelancer is no walk in the park. There are a lot of benefits to the freelance lifestyle if you are passionate about your writing, but there are some drawbacks as well. Key among these includes the meager paycheck and the lack of available work. As a freelance writer himself who has dabbled between journalism, ghostwriting, and author of both fiction and non-fiction, Andrew Crofts delves into the secrets of what you can do to establish yourself as a part-time or full-time freelancer.

Tips from "The Freelance Writer's Handbook"

Crofts is realistically encouraging, using examples of the work he has done to achieve his current position.

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There are many charity organizations around the world. Fighting for human, animal, and environmental rights, fighting against disease, fighting for better education… the list goes on. Charity Navigator lists 5,400 charities and those are just ones found in America. Although many of them are for good causes, they have to compete with one another for our money. How do they do it? How does one charity organization make itself more appealing than another?

How to effectively get donations as a charity

There are many strategies that they can use. World Vision is one charity which I personally find to be incredibly persuasive.

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Communication theorist Walter Fisher created the Narrative Paradigm in direct contrast to the Rational World Paradigm. The Rational World Paradigm, rooted in the sciences, states that humans are essentially rational beings and goes on to explain the reasoning behind this assumption; the Narrative Paradigm presents the alternative humanistic view which takes a step further and states that humans are essentially storytellers. In Fisher’s own words, the Narrative Paradigm refers “to a theory of symbolic actions—words and/or deeds—that have sequence and meaning for those who live, create, or interpret them” (Narration as a Human Communication Paradigm: The Case of Public Moral Argument,

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Wake up. Stumble into kitchen. Take cereal box from pantry. Pour into bowl. Add milk. Reach for spoon. Sit down at table. Eat.

It’s that simple, right? Well, maybe not. If your breakfast of choice is cereal, why did you choose that particular cereal? The cereal aisle at grocery stores is an impressive line-up of bright packaging, enticing pictures, and promising health claims. The amount of choice we have is almost absurd. If your health is important to you, you could potentially spend a ridiculous amount of time reading label after label, trying to decipher the information presented to determine which product is the best for you and your family.

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The function of the comma is to organize your sentences and make things clear. For many sentences, particularly longer ones, if we did not use a comma we would have difficulty understanding the meaning that is being conveyed. Commas separate ideas and break up lists so that we can have several clear points within a single sentence. Although many of these sentences could be broken into two sentences, commas allow us to combine them into one and this helps with the flow of any piece of writing.

how to use the comma

Understanding how to use a comma is very important because depending on the sentence,

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I can’t do it.

I’m too old.

I don’t have enough time or money.

If it wasn’t for x, then I could…

One day I want to…

Recognize these phrases? They crop up in conversation every day. The excuses that we make to prevent ourselves from actually getting out there and living our lives. These are the justifications that we tell ourselves and others so that we feel okay about staying inside our comfort zone. Opportunities pass us by because we “cannot possibly go out there and do that.” There is simply too much going on,

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Have you heard of The Global Language Monitor and These two online resources both offer a variety of definitions and cross-references so that we can not only have easy access to a dictionary, but also so that we can keep up with pop culture and find out about the new words and terms being tossed around these days. For wordies (the literary equivalent to foodies?) everywhere, this is an exciting time indeed.

review of wordnik

The Global Language Monitor appears to be a cross between a news source and a dictionary.

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As books, newspapers, magazines, and diaries make the shift from paper to online documents, the informal atmosphere of the World Wide Web takes over. The efficacy of the Internet results in a quick turnaround: with the click of a button, what we have written is instantaneously available to the public eye. Millions can view our work within seconds of it being typed up, and the speed of this business—whether it’s journalism or personal writings—makes us sloppy. Herein lies the problem with online writing.

Writing online doesn't have to mean a steady stream of typos and grammatical errors! This article explores what we can do to combat the problem with online writing.

It’s easy to miss spelling mistakes or grammar errors when we are looking at a screen rather than a paper document.

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