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The Working Writer's Club

Welcome to the Working Writer’s Club

I’m Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach and Director of the Working Writer’s Club. Do you want to turn your love of writing into a part time or full time career? Then become a member of our writer’s club (it’s free) and you’ll gain immediate access to a wealth of

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Writing Tips from Author Margot Finke

Today we’re hosting Day 4 of a 5-day virtual tour for Margot Finke’s new picture book, Kobi Borrows a Pouch. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post, Margot offers some tips for writers. Writing Tips from Author Margot Finke Everyone thinks

Memoir Writing

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Memoir Writing – Step 3, Write!

Write a Memoir In a previous post about memoir, we learned the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. In another post, we covered some basics in writing a memoir and considered who we were writing for and what event or period of time would be covered in the

Writer's Workshops

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Create a Career Writing about the Things You Know and Love

Writing about What You Know Many people think they want to become writers and make money from it. Yet, when they discover all the things they will need to do to make this happen, they usually give up on this idea pretty quickly OR they don’t do much to move

Getting Motivated

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Do You Need a Little Help Getting Motivated to Write?

Getting Motivated One of the most difficult aspects of writing for many people is motivation. Deep down they want to write. But, for some reason, they just can get motivated to actually write something. Watch this short video to see if any of these reasons for lack of motivation apply

For Writers

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Double Your Freelance Income

If you’re trying to double your freelance income this year, one of the easiest ways to do that is by offering more/new products and services to your existing clients. That’s because it’s easier to sell more to the clients you already have than it is to find a steady stream

Writing Tips

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Tips for Children’s Writers from Author Joan Leotta

Today we’re hosting Day 4 of a 5-day virtual tour for Joan Leotta’s new children’s book, Summer in a Bowl. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post, Joan offers some personal tips for other children’s writers. Tips for Children’s Writers The

Freelance Writing

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Become a Fearless Freelance Writer

Fearless Writing As a writing coach, I meet people all the time who want to become freelance writers, but they let fear keep them from starting or expanding a writing career. The truth is, the freelance writing life just isn’t right for most people. At least not traditional freelance writing,

Writing Prompts

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This Week’s Creative Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts Use these prompts to do a little creative writing this week. Start a new short story or even a novel. 1. It was more money than Gina had ever had before. But she knew exactly what she would do with it. 2. Conner knew it was time

Healthy Writers


How to Avoid Stress and Get Your Writing Done

Avoid Stress and Write by Irene S. Roth Writers encounter all sorts of stressors. They have a lot of demands made on them. These stressors, if they are not dealt with, can result in a loss of productivity and success for writers. Writers cannot produce their best work if they

Club Member Spotlight

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Cindy Overcast in the Spotlight

Spotlight on Cindy Overcast Working Writer’s Club member Cindy Overcast’s gluten-free recipes and photos will be featured in the November 2016 issue of the AFC Cooperative Farming News in the Co-op Pantry column. This is a regional magazine with an online issue as well ( Cindy says, “I

Romance Writing

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Where Do You Find Your Ideas?

Where do your ideas come from? This is a question people have asked me about writing fiction. The answer to that is simple: Ideas are everywhere. If you look at situations and people as subjects for your romance novels or novellas, it’s not hard to imagine stories around them, once

Become a Writer – Getting Started

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Are You A Procrastinator by Phyllis Turner

Do you find you keep putting off writing in favor of something else? Cleaning, browsing Facebook, organizing closets… anything except writing? I’m the queen of procrastination and I’ve even wondered if I have ADD and don’t know it. I sit down to write and oh, there’s a new email… and

Book Marketing

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How to Handle Book Bigotry

by Carolyn Howard-Johnson I thought I would share an early draft from my coming book in the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers titled How To Get Great Reviews Frugally and Ethically ( with Suzanne’s hardworking



It’s NANOWRIMO Prep Time!

by Patricia Bumpass National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) is almost upon us. Use your journal to get ready. Even the most devoted pantsers among you can benefit from using your journal to sketch out the briefest of notes for the novel you’ll write from November 1st through 31st. We know

Writing for Children

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Point of View and Children’s Storytelling

by Karen Cioffi Point-of-view (POV) is the narrator’s view of what’s going on. The POV is who’s telling the story. This will determine what the reader ‘hears’ and ‘sees’ in regard to the story. And, it determines the ‘personal pronouns’ that will be used. There are three main POVs in

Jobs for Writers

Six Steps to Finding Writing Jobs

Six Steps to Finding Writing Jobs and Building Your Business

If you want to actually make a living from your writing, and become what I call a “working” freelance writer, you need to know what to do to create a constant flow of income. Finding writing jobs usually requires several steps. Here are six steps to try: Step 1. Start

Magazine Writing

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Learn to Write Winning Queries Video

If you want to make money writing for magazines you need to learn to write winning query letters. Watch this short video: For more helpful videos, subscribe to The Morning Nudge on Do Query Letters Ever Get Easier to Write? Here’s an email I got from one of

Mystery Writing

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5 Ways to Start a Mystery Novel

by Zia Westfield Making the leap from mystery reader to mystery writer is huge. It’s practically the equivalent of jumping over the Grand Canyon. In fact, if you look too closely you might talk yourself out of jumping. Let’s assume you’ve decided to go for it and try your hand

Strategic Blogging

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Freelance Expenses you Should Never Compromise

About a year ago, I pitched a former client to proof and edit an inspirational anthology for women she was publishing. She and I had worked well together several times before, and I simply loved being part of a project that empowered women to discover their passions and share

Build Your Business with a Book

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Newton’s Law of Motion and Writing

Newton’s First Law of Motion states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion, unless something applies force to them. It’s just as applicable to writing as it is to physics. In the first place, it requires great force—willpower, motivation, time and

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