Freelance Writing

  • Find an Extra Hour Every Day With a 5-Minute List

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 15, 2015
    There are days when 24 hours just isn't enough. I'm sure you've experienced at least a few of those. Wouldn't it be great if you could find an extra hour without having to sacrifice sleep or something else you love to do? Finding that extra hour a day might be easier than  you think. The trick? Create a "5-minute list." What is […]
  • No. You Don’t Have to “Write Every Day.”

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 31, 2015
    There's one kind of blog post I dread seeing in my feed reader. They're the blog posts that sport headlines like "The ONE Thing You Need to do to Become a Successful Writer" or "The Best Writing Advice You'll Ever Get." Why do I dread these kinds of posts? Well, other than the obnoxiously gimmicky clickbait titles they tend to […]
  • Keep Your Inbox Cleaner with This Quick Tip

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 4, 2015
    Do you ever start work on Monday mornings feeling suffocated by your email inbox? That's how I felt yesterday morning. I receive a lot of email every day, including on the weekends. But this weekend I received a couple thousand extras beyond my norm, and I never poked my head in to stay on top of it (not that I should […]
  • Quick Tip: Look Beyond Your Bubble for Freelance Writing Advice

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 28, 2015
    Last week Paula Hendrickson wrote a great guest post for Lori Widmer's blog on vetting writing experts. This topic is near and dear to my heart because I've had more new writers come to me looking for help after taking horrible advice from pseudo experts than I can count. I feel for those writers. It's easy to get sucked in because some […]
  • Review of The Freelancer Planner

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 15, 2015
    Not long ago I was contacted by Michelle Nickolaisen, asking if I'd like to review The Freelancer Planner. Of course I said "yes." Planners? Organization? Schedules? She clearly knew the way to this freelancer's heart. Total organization junkie over here. Michelle sent over a review copy of the downloadable version of her planner. This is a six-page .pdf planner (minus the cover […]
  • Quick Tip: Determine Your “Perfect Day”

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 14, 2015
    Do you know what your "perfect day" looks like? Those are the days when you achieve far more than you might normally expect, where you feel good and rested but still productive. They're the days that don't leave you feeling drained. They're the days that leave you wanting more. I know what my "perfect day" looks like because I've lived […]
  • Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2015
    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up […]
  • Are Freelance Industry Bloggers Stupid? Elance / Upwork Seems to Think So

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 9, 2015
    It's days like these I wish I hadn't retired Naked PR. If you don't already know, I used to own a small PR firm, where I was an early specialist in online public relations and social media consulting (before everyone under the sun started thinking they were qualified to call themselves that). Naked PR was my blog where I had […]
  • A Writers Worth Month Round-up

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 1, 2015
    Did you miss any of last month's Writers Worth Month posts over on Lori Widmer's Words on the Page blog? No worries. You can find links to all posts in the series below. Check out Lori's site in general. She offers great advice to newer writers all year long. I'm a particular fan of her "This Job, Not That Job" […]
  • How Do You Motivate Yourself to Write?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 28, 2015
    It doesn't matter how experienced of a writer you are. You're bound to feel unmotivated every now and then. Sometimes you can plow through these periods. But at other times you'll need to find ways to get excited about your projects again. I'm like any other writer in this regard. I have good days and bad days. Sometimes a lack […]