Best Websites for Freelance Writers

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Hi all!

I’ve had lots of people asking  about the online websites I’ve been writing for lately, so I thought I’d do a quick rundown. I’ve been surprised by the number of great sites available to freelance writers. These services match writers or sellers, with buyers looking for blog posts, website content etc. then take a small commission as their fee.

Aside from the usual learning curve when beginning something like this, I’ve had a great time while earning extra cash. At the end of this post I’ll include a list of the most popular freelance websites. I haven’t used them all, but I’ll tell you about those I’m familiar with. – I started out with a site called Freelancer. For some reason I could never get going with this one. The pay was minimal, and a couple of people stiffed me in spite of that. I know at least one person who really loves this site, so it works for some people, just not for me. – This site pays writers for posting on other people’s blogs. I had trouble getting signed up for this one, so it didn’t work for me either, although it sounded like a fun way to earn dollar$. This is my favorite site so far – and no they’re not paying me to say that. On Fiverr you create an account and propose to do something for five dollars. This is a fun site to peruse whether you’re serious about selling or not. There’s a wide variety of categories and people are very creative with their business ideas.

As for writing – My account says I’ll write 200 words for a blog or website. I get $5.00 for each “gig” I sell – well actually $4.00 after Fiver takes their cut. After you get established you can offer “extras” such as an express delivery for an extra fee, or you can charge more for larger jobs etc. My husband has even gotten into it. He does radio spots and video scripts. Fiverr operates on the PayPal system and I haven’t had a problem transferring my earnings so far.

This has been a lot of fun. Business is brisk and I’ve even had to turn people away when I’m overbooked. Right now I write blog posts for a realtor and a travel agent, and also write content for a producer who’s creating a video Wikipedia. I’ve written about everything from  pets, to the benefits of drinking water, and the joy of bounce houses. I have re-written a resume, a job proposal, and a financial planner’s About Us page, and never know what will come up next. One of the best things about this job is the constant variety.

The following are some of the more popular sites. Check them out if you’d like to turn your hobby into a source of income.

• Fiverup
• Gigbucks
• Zeerk SEO Clerks
• Ten Bux
• Fittytown
• Dollar3
• Twentyville
• Tenner
• Guru

Here’s an update.  I recently learned about two others that many people make a living writing for.  Elance, and Odesk.

I’d love to hear  people’s experiences with these or other sites. Let me know what works for you!



thinkingDP writing challenge: I loved the picture labeled creativity.  The man behind the bars appears to have words flowing freely, something I am sorely lacking right now.

I’m stuck, it’s a classic case of writer’s block.  Not about everything mind you, I can write blog posts until the cows come home, but this new book I’m working on has me stumped.

Here’s the problem.  I recently completed my first novel and sent it off to a potential publisher. While I wait for the big NO, I am trying to work on a different manuscript.  I’ve always been told you need to immediately jump into another project for two reasons:

1.  So you can get your mind off the endless wait and possible outcomes.

2. Just in case they happen to like your first attempt and want to publish it, you should have something else ready to show  as a follow-up.

O.K. that’s all very sensible, but how do you get over your first novel?  I mean its like a love affair that was cut short before your heart was ready.  I loved the characters in my first book, and visiting with them each day and polishing up their witty repartee was a joy.  I loved their story,  how they worked out their problems, and I loved how it all ended.  It was like one of those things that got away from me after a while and kind of wrote itself . . . O.K., I know, time to take off the rose-colored glasses.

It wasn’t always that easy.  I have to be honest with myself and remember how I suffered through the first draft of that one too.  There were times when I went weeks without working on it, and that was even before I had a blog to distract me.

I know if I force myself to work on this new story I will fall in love with it too (right?). I’ve got about five chapters that I’m actually pretty happy with but so far it’s still work. There are a couple of plot twists I have yet to work out, and lately I find myself avoiding the project all together.

Wait, did I  hear someone say, “Get a grip Library Lady, and quit whining?”  I know, I’m almost done, but didn’t I read somewhere that if you’re not enjoying the process, it will show in your writing?  Oh dear. What’s a girl to do?

Has anyone else ever been in these shoes?  I’d love to hear from you. I need some inspiration.  In the meantime, here’s a quote I found about being a writer. It’s by Anne Lamott, a great author in her own right, so she knows of what she speaks.

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Amen to that.

DP Challenge: Not A Party Thrower

party hatMy Mom is a party thrower.  She loves to entertain. She has the neighbors over for cards, for brunch, and for no reason whatsoever.  I admire that quality in others, the ability to gather people together and show them a good time. My father on the other hand was  more reserved.  He was a truck driver, and very intelligent in his humble way.  A great lover of the written word, he read voraciously.

I am my father’s daughter.  I love to read and write, and am perfectly happy with no one but myself for company.  My idea of a  good time is to curl up in a comfy chair with Jane Austin or Charlotte Bronte, (all the better if hot cocoa or snow is involved).

Needless to say, I am not a party thrower.  The very idea of hosting a big soiree gives me hives. All that preparation – deciding what to serve, the complications of a guest list and invitations – it’s all too much. Worst of all, what if nobody comes?

What if you throw a party and nobody comes? Now there’s an idea I’d like to strike from my psyche, since in all it’s variations, it holds me back from trying things I really want to do. Being in charge of the community art show for instance, submitting my writing to a publisher,  or most recently, writing a blog. I get very whiney when asked to step out of the box. But over the years I’ve decided that just because it isn’t in my nature to do something, doesn’t mean I can’t.

I now have some great artist friends, some of my writing has been published, and I’ve been blogging for a month. I have 29 followers! Yes twenty-nine!  Don’t laugh those of you with casts of thousands, because I am thrilled, and 29 is better than zero, which is what I would have had if I hadn’t tried.

Moving out of your comfort zone is never easy, but it can be quite fun – Woohoo!, Look at me, I have a blog! And to my small band of followers I’d like to say this – I appreciate you all, and . . .  thanks for coming to my party!

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On Writing: The Pros and Cons of Writing in Your Head

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Part One – The Pros

Are you tired of sitting sedately in front of a computer while you write?  Why not do what I do and spice things up a bit.  For instance, as I write this post, I’m applying a new coat of paint to the guest bedroom.  I also like to write as I dust and mop, while I’m gardening and especially during long stints of ironing. Now why, you might ask, would anyone want to complicate matters like this? Why not sit down at your desk and focus on writing, instead of trying to do two things at once?  There are two answers to this question: Continue reading

Writing In You Head: Part Two

Part Two – The Cons

As stated before, you can write in your head any time and anywhere, which brings me to the one disadvantage of this activity.  If you get too into your thought process, it’s easy to forget where you are or what you’re really supposed to be doing. Example – astounded by the dazzling descriptive passage that has just flashed into my brain, I feverishly attempt to commit it to memory. Neurons race and synapses click until finally the process is complete.  Mission accomplished, I blink and realize that I’m standing in front of an open refrigerator, but haven’t a clue as to why. Beware; with this level of potential distraction, one must take precautions. In other words, there are good and bad times to write in your head. For example – Continue reading