Web Writing

  • 3 Online Writing Jobs for Local Businesses

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 21, 2013
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    One of the biggest benefits of writing for the Web is that it gives freelance writers the ability to work with clients all over the world. These days everything can be done online from invoicing to delivery. But that doesn't mean you have to work with clients outside of your area. Some writers are more comfortable working with local clients, and that's […]
  • Simple SEO Tips for Freelancers

    By Guest on May 1, 2012
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    By: Josh Olswanger As freelance writers, entrepreneurs and small business owners, we are constantly finding ways to effectively improve the marketing of our services and products online. Since most of us are not large corporations and cannot afford a team of marketing consultants and employees to do the groundwork for us, learning to formulate and execute new ideas on our […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny – My Favorite Comedy Writing Books

    By Matt Willard on February 24, 2011
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    I used several great books to develop my comedy writing skills. I've been using this column to teach you bits and pieces from each of these, along with a mix of my own techniques, but if you want a more in-depth look, here's what I recommend: The Comedy Writing Workbook, by Gene Perret I absolutely adore this book, and if […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny – How To Steal Jokes From Others (Somewhat)

    By Matt Willard on February 10, 2011
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    In the world of fiction, copying passages from other stories and trying to publish them as your own is plagarism. In the world of comedy, it's just another way to write. Of course, I don't want you totally ripping off good one-liners verbatim. Instead, the best way to use other people's jokes is as a starting point for your own […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny: Improving Diction of Humor

    By Matt Willard on January 27, 2011
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    Humor's on a different level than other forms of writing when it comes to readability. In fiction you can afford to be elaborate, but humor needs to fire right out of the gate or it'll flop. That being said, it's all too easy to pass over unneccessary words that make a joke weaker. How do you catch these? Simple. Just […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny: Poking Fun at Others

    By Matt Willard on January 13, 2011
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    One of the best parts about humor writing is that it's a perfectly acceptable way to make fun of people. When you just call someone a moronic, womanizing jerk, that's mean. When you compare someone's love life to a McDonald's takeout lane, that's witty. Of course, you have to be careful of whom you mock. Using a joke like that […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny – The Writing Process

    By Matt Willard on December 16, 2010
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    It's been a most triumphant few months doing this column. Over that time, I've covered the basics of comedy writing, talked about ways to integrate humor into forms of writing most freelancer writers are wont to do...I've even covered comedy inspirations from time to time. This time I'd like to give you an insight into how I write all the […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny – Using (And Not Abusing) Puns

    By Matt Willard on December 7, 2010
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    Now, it's often said that puns are the lowest form of comedy. And when you have a friend who is constantly making terrible puns to you like I do, it's easy to agree. And when you come across forum threads and videos of countless David Caruso one-liners, the case for the pun declines quickly. But a clever pun, used sparingly, […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny: Creating Humorous Captions for Pictures

    By Matt Willard on November 18, 2010
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    You know, adding the right picture to a blog post makes it look better and helps break up the flow of words into something more pleasing to look at. I'm all for it. But sometimes, don't you think a photo by itself looks kinda...bland? Or you have an outlandish photo and you just can't resist commenting on it? That's when […]
  • Make Your Writing Funny: 4 Tricks To Successfully Write Funny Anecdotes

    By Matt Willard on November 11, 2010
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    This week, the A-List Blogging Bootcamp began their six-week camp on writing like an A-List Blogger. The first week is free, and it details how to use personal stories to enhance your blog and make your posts more interesting. But sometimes retelling personal stories can be tricky. Have you ever been involved in a scenario that was so hilarious that […]