Renaissance People Mind Map

Mind Map about renaissance people, with "renaissance people" in the middle, and lots of related words connected to it via lines.

Mind Map Monday: Renaissance People Mind maps are an excellent way to come up with a tonne of ideas for populating a blog. Whether you write for fun or for pay, having a blog can bring more people to your website—but you have to have regular content coming out to keep people interested. That’s where coming up with as many

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Paid Writing Opportunities: News, Politics, and More

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Dreaming of journalism work, but lamenting the fact very few places hire in-house journalists anymore? Time to go freelance and get paid for your writing. Plenty of publications still value the contributions of journalists and pay well for their writing. Here are 12 places that pay (well) for news, politics, and generic writing.     1. Huck Huck wants commentary

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Successful Multi-Genre Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know what I think of the advice to niche or risk being unsuccessful: it’s a bunch of hype, mostly not applicable to creatives. Writers are by nature creative people, and creative people like to experiment, get out of their comfort zone, and see what they can make. For

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Freelance Writing Mind Map

Freelance Writing Mind Map: The words "freelance writing" are in the middle, while several related words are connected to it by lines.

  Mind Map Monday: Freelance Writing Mind Map Want to write about writing? That’s basically what I do on this website, and the mind map I’m sharing this week is actually quite useful for me. I wrote a similar one when I started this site, and I still refer to it off and on. I’ve shared a generic writing mind

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Get Paid to Write About Food & Drink

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Love food? Love writing? Love getting paid? How about getting paid to write about food (and drink)? Here are four publications that pay you (well) to write about yummy-ness and related topics.   1. Cooking Detective Cooking Detective is a digital publication seeking product reviews, recipes, how-tos, and other posts relating to cooking. Reports indicate they pay $.46 per word.

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Indigenous Authors for June 21st

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June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. Canada has an extremely complicated history with its indigenous peoples, and unlike many would like to think, this history is recent—as recent as 1996, when the last residential school closed.  The history between settlers and Canada’s indigenous people didn’t end with the signing of treaties—some of which continue to be dishonored.

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Successful Multi-Genre Writer: J. K. Rowling

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Those who have been reading this blog for a while know that I call B.S. on the “you won’t be successful unless you pick a niche” advice. Most people handing out this “knowledge” are actually multi-niche writers and don’t know it. They might just write blog posts, but they do it for various industries. They might just write white papers,

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Publishing Mind Map

Publishing mind map showing many connected words, topics, and blog post ideas.

Whether you simply enjoy writing about publishing or are considering starting a small publishing company, there are many things to learn and consider. The publishing industry has changed and evolved very quickly, and the landscape looks very different than it did even ten years ago. If you’d like to write about publishing, there are enough topics to last for a

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Get Paid to Write About Environmentalism & Natural Living

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Want to get paid to write and save the world? Here are three publications that pay for writing about environmentalism and natural living. 1. Earth Island Journal Earth Island Journal has an online and a print version, and they publish stories that “anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems.” They pay a $100 flat rate for online stories and

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