How to Write Stories People Will
Read
And pay you to write
Are your experiences
enough?
How I spent my morning isn’t
interesting?
Real Information
Where do you find that?
• The Internet, but …
• News releases, but ...
• Government websites, but ...
• O...
If your mother says she
loves you, check it out.
How to vet information
• Verify with multiple sources.
• Consider the source. Is he in
a position to know?
• Look for hard...
How to write with authority
Use details, drawn from both your experience
and from factual material. Compare:
• Home owners...
Find the source
Use primary sources, not other blogs and other
media. Compare:
• According to USA Today, 90% of homes can
...
You can’t just
paint some
writing on as
a veneer.
-- Roy Peter Clark,
writing coach

or some SEO
Who pays for good content?
Where can
you sell
your work?
•
•
•
•
•
•

Blogs
Websites
Corporations
Newspapers
Magazines
Individuals
How much can you earn?

0 to $100,000-plus a year
Where can you learn more?
• Freelance Success: Newsletter and forum for professional freelance
writers, $99 a year. http:/...
Questions?

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Teresa Mears
Living on the Cheap
http://livingonthecheap.com
tam801@gmail.com
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  1. 1. How to Write Stories People Will Read And pay you to write
  2. 2. Are your experiences enough?
  3. 3. How I spent my morning isn’t interesting?
  4. 4. Real Information Where do you find that? • The Internet, but … • News releases, but ... • Government websites, but ... • Organization websites, but ... • Experts, but … • News websites, but … Real reporting is a lot of work, but it makes the difference between a story people will want to read and just another throwaway piece on the Internet.
  5. 5. If your mother says she loves you, check it out.
  6. 6. How to vet information • Verify with multiple sources. • Consider the source. Is he in a position to know? • Look for hard data. Analyze the statistics. • Call and talk to real people on the telephone. • Snopes.com
  7. 7. How to write with authority Use details, drawn from both your experience and from factual material. Compare: • Home ownership is down since the recession came. • Home ownership has declined from a high of 69.2% in 2004 to 65% today and is expected to fall to 64% in the next year.
  8. 8. Find the source Use primary sources, not other blogs and other media. Compare: • According to USA Today, 90% of homes can expect higher utility bills this winter. • According to the U.S. Energy Department's annual outlook for heating costs, 90% of homes can expect higher utility bills this winter.
  9. 9. You can’t just paint some writing on as a veneer. -- Roy Peter Clark, writing coach or some SEO
  10. 10. Who pays for good content?
  11. 11. Where can you sell your work? • • • • • • Blogs Websites Corporations Newspapers Magazines Individuals
  12. 12. How much can you earn? 0 to $100,000-plus a year
  13. 13. Where can you learn more? • Freelance Success: Newsletter and forum for professional freelance writers, $99 a year. http://freelancesuccess.com • Media Bistro. Market reports, classified, some free and some paid. http://mediabistro.com • WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age blog. http://www.michellerafter.com. • “Six-Figure Freelancing” and other books by Kelly James-Enger. • Mridu Khuller Relph, International Freelance blog: http://www.mridukhullar.com/2013/10/first-year-of-freelancing/ • “The Renegade Writer” by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell. Book and blog, http://www.therenegadewriter.com/ • Local classes and writers’ groups
  14. 14. Questions? • • • • Teresa Mears Living on the Cheap http://livingonthecheap.com tam801@gmail.com
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