Freelance Ponderings and Advice

Shannon L. Buck is a freelance writer and blogger, and she enjoys helping others become successful. Shannon writes short stories and other creative non fiction. She loves nature photography, and walking in her spare time. Her favorite place to work is the park, so that she might experience nature while enjoying her career to the fullest. Skype = shannonlbuck.
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Copyright 2014 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

January 2, 2014

Online Teaching

Do you have something you want to teach having to do with the industry you write for? Perhaps an email marketing course? Maybe a course on getting started as a freelance writer?

As freelance writers, we are in an ideal position to teach less experienced writers the ropes. There are different ways you might go about doing this.

  • Email
  • Skillshare.com - No, I am not getting paid to mention them :-)
  • Blog posts
  • Video outlets such as YouTube - Again, not getting paid here.
  • Audio
  • Class sites
  • Newsletter
  • Community forums
  • eCourses (ebook format)

As you can see, there are plenty of options. If you do a little research, you may even find more.

Whatever method you choose, be sure you give your students useful information. Don’t just go with what everyone else is saying on the topic. Give them something more. Add tidbits of information they may not learn elsewhere.

Then decide whether or not the information is worth charging for. Basic courses may not be, if it is mainly what everyone else is giving away for free. More advanced topics might net you a good profit.

Whatever you choose, be sure that you get the information out there in an attractive way. No sloppiness allowed.

Challenge

Choose on of the venues for teaching mentioned above (or a different one) and create a learning opportunity for others.

Quick Writing Tip

Teaching is a way to give back to the writing community. Try a variety of venues, then decide which works best for you.

5 Writing Prompts

  1. Article idea: The importance of phonics.

  2. Article idea: Problems with the new math.

  3. Article idea: Homeschool through high school.

  4. Article idea: Extra curricular activities.

  5. Article idea: Violence in elementary school.

Quote

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.

~ Jose Louis Borges

New Giveaway

52 Writing Prompts for the Freelance Writer Plus a Bonus Prompts for the Fiction Writer by Shannon L Buck

I am offering a free copy in PDF format for all of my readers Here.

Enjoy! And I hope you get many usable ideas from the document.

Happy New Year!

Special Report

A Freelancer’s Helper

In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

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Copyright 2013 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

January 13, 2013

An Opinion Blog

Go ahead. Be controversial. People will read about your opinions whether they like what you have to say or not.

People simply cannot help it. Writing on an opinion blog is like gossip. People love it. They crave it. Even if they hate your opinion.

You will certainly attract an audience.

There are a number of topics you can cover, including:

  1. Life circumstances
  2. Family life
  3. Social causes
  4. Environmental issues
  5. Education

Challenge

Write an article about an issue that you are concerned about.

Quick Writing Tip

Write from your heart.

5 Writing Prompts

  1. Blog post idea: Religions compared

  2. Blog post idea: Activism

  3. Blog post idea: Over population?

  4. Blog post idea: Poverty

  5. Blog post idea: Domestic abuse

Quote

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.

JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica

eBook

Greening Your Freelance Business by Shannon L. Buck

Greening Your Freelance Business is a very helpful book for any freelance career. In it, you will discover many ways in which it is possible to green your business activities as well as your office. So, if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, or if you are looking for more greening tips, then this is the eBook for you. With the offered Action Steps in this eBook, you will soon be greening your business with the best of them.

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Special Report

A Freelancer’s Helper

In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

PDF/ $3.95

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.”
—Stephen King, WD

Copyright 2012 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

June 12, 2012

The Healthy Freelancer

It is important for a freelance writer to get and/stay healthy. Not only will doing so help us to look and feel good, but it will also cost less money in medical bills over time. How can the freelancer accomplish this?

  • By exercising.

  • By eating well.

  • By finding our spiritual path/belief system.

  • By staying mentally healthy.

  • By taking regular personal days and vacations.

Living a healthy lifestyle will provide the freelance writer with plenty of experiences to draw information from. There are many writing opportunities available for health, nutrition and fitness writers, including:

  • Writing for health magazines.

  • Writing for fitness blogs or websites.

You can concentrate on one area, such as exercise, or weight loss, or you can cover a range of topics.

Challenges

Create a healthy menu for yourself, and and exercise schedule. Use them for one month, to create the habit of living healthy.

Quick Writing Tip

Create a blog about men’s /women’s health, or about a particular health concern.

5 Writing Prompts

  1. Article Topic: Toddler Nutrition

  2. Article Topic: Physical Activities for Preschoolers

  3. Article Topic: Teen Violence

  4. Article Topic: Depression and You

  5. Article Topic: Breast Cancer Survivors

Quote

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ~Buddha

Copyright 2012 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

May 21, 2012

Writing Fiction

I have finished one, and am working on two, books of short stories. Each book has its’ own theme. Any stories that I write that do not go along with one of these themes are put away for later use. I do not know why, but I like working within specific themes when writing short stories.

I love writing short stories. I can turn out 3 to 5 stories, hand written 1st drafts, in a weekend of relaxing in bed or on a sofa. Then it is a simple matter to type them up, edit them and add them to a book.

Creativity is fun. Ideas can come from anywhere. For example, you can create a story from the dream you had last night. Go ahead. Try it :-)

Challenge

Create a series of short stories this year, and put them together to create an eBook. Edit it, and then publish.

Quick Writing Tip

Write down your dreams, and use the ideas in your short stories.

5 Writing Prompts

  1. Short Story Idea: The Doll’s House

  2. Short Story Idea: The Den

  3. Short Story Idea: Carnival of Death

  4. Novel Idea: What is human, really?

  5. Novella Idea: Watch the Killer

Quote


The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~ Anaïs Nin

Special Report

Your Teen Can Help Your Freelance Career

In my Special Report, Your Teen Can Help Your Freelance Career, you will see how it is possible  for your teenager to help you out while you are building your freelance career and how much, if anything, you should pay him or her for that help.

Teens can be a big help with:

* Their younger siblings.

* Keeping up the house.

* Your business tasks.

Special Report

A Freelancer’s Helper

In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

Copyright 2012 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

April 15, 2012

Writing Non Fiction

In all honesty, when I was young and knew I wanted to write I did not want to write nonfiction at all. I wanted to write novels.

Now, I like writing non fiction. It can be much fun.

To write non fiction, write what you know and love. It can make all the difference in the world. Writing about what we enjoy lightens up the work. Makes it more fun. Ask yourself what you are an expert at. What can you teach others if you choose to write about it?

Challenge

Create a series of articles about a topic that you are passionate about. Submit them to an article directory.

Quick Writing Tip

Write blog posts while watching television during the evening hours.

5 Writing Prompts

  1. eBook Idea: How I began My Freelance Writing Career

  2. eBook Idea: What My Freelance Writing Career has Taught Me

  3. Special Report Idea: 10 Tips for the Freelancer

  4. Special Report Idea: How to Market Your eCourse

  5. Article Idea: What is Social Networking

Quote

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.  ~Ray Bradbury

Special Report

Your Teen Can Help Your Freelance Career

In my Special Report, Your Teen Can Help Your Freelance Career, you will see how it is possible  for your teenager to help you out while you are building your freelance career and how much, if anything, you should pay him or her for that help.

Teens can be a big help with:

* Their younger siblings.

* Keeping up the house.

* Your business tasks.

Special Report

A Freelancer’s Helper

In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

Copyright 2012 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

February 27, 2012

Mood

I write best when relaxed, and on sunny days. The sun motivates me :-) I sleep only a few hours at night, so I will generally nap try to nap for a couple hours in the morning before I begin. I am best at writing when I am feeling happiness, joy. When the world seems bright.

I am not good at writing when I have any negative feeling at all, unless I am angry about something and writing to get my point across on the subject. Even then, I will have to wait until I am in a good mood to edit, or I risk going overboard with my rant.

What mood do you have to be in to work? Try writing when in various moods to find out. Before beginning your writing tasks each day, try to recreate the mood and atmosphere that works best for you.

Challenge

When waking each morning, before you even move, repeat a mantra that you create.

Example: I am a successful writer. I am happy and I am healthy.

This will not only put you in a good mood, it will aid you in having a productive day.

Quick Writing Tip

If you can, write when the mood strikes. Ideas will flow more smoothly and not feel so forced.

5 Writing Prompts

Article Idea: Creating time.

Article Idea: Mood Swings… the why of it all.

Poem Topic: Mood.

Novel: Son has terrible mood swings.

Novella: Abusive father-in-law.

Quote

A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist to move hearth and home elsewhere. He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out of the clutches of bothersome hosts.


~ C.S. Forester

Special Report

Your Teen Can Help Your Freelance Career

In my Special Report, Your Teen Can Help Your Freelance Career, you will see how it is possible  for your teenager to help you out while you are building your freelance career and how much, if anything, you should pay him or her for that help.

Teens can be a big help with:

* Their younger siblings.

* Keeping up the house.

* Your business tasks.

Special Report

A Freelancer’s Helper

In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

Copyright 2012 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

January 30, 2012

Membership Sites: A Sense of Community

What is a membership site?

A membership site is generally based around a theme or idea. For instance, a homemaker may create a site to aid others in homemaking, requiring them to sign up to join the site. She will offer advice on the many aspects of homemaking in the form of recipes, quick tips and articles.

Paid or Free?

She may also ask a fee from each potential member, in hopes of earning a living from her information. The site may have a free membership which offers the basics, as well as paid area where these special members receive ebooks, special reports and other offerings for their paid subscription.

Why create a membership site?

A membership site provides you and readers a place to gather online, giving everyone a needed sense of community. You are able to create bonds and friendships this way, which is not always possible when using other online venues. Forums and chat rooms aid in creating this community, as does a blog.

Challenge

Brainstorm a few ideas for membership sites. Spend some time thinking about each idea, and create a list of ideas for each. Is one of these ideas motivating you to create your own site? Now may be the time to start one.

Quick Writing Tip

Create a few freebies for your site members, such as a special report, and ecourse and an ebook. Keep them all on topic.

5 Writing Prompts

Article Idea: What is a membership site?

Article Idea: Building a sense of community.

Ecourse Idea: How to create an ecourse.

Article Idea: How to write and ebook.

Special Report Idea: Ideas for membership sites.

Quote

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.  ~ Plato

Special Report

Your Teen Can Help Your Freelance Career

In this Special Report, you will see how it is possible for your teenager to help you out while you are building your freelance career and how much, if anything, you should pay him or her for that help. Teens can be a big help with things like:

* Their younger siblings.
* Keeping up the house.
* Business tasks.

Special Report

A Freelancer’s Helper

In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

Hi Shannon,
I came across your blog during my search for freelance. I am new to the idea and the wanting to start my own Virtual Assistance business. I know this may not be your topic but I see that you are very well educated. I wanted to know if you would be able to give me any possible leads or anything that would have to do with landing possible clients. Everything that I am doing is in the works, I have confidence in myself that I could pull this off. I just need a little guidance of how to turn this into reality.

Please Help!
Thank you,
Elizabeth Hernandez
shannonlbuck shannonlbuck Said:

Hello Elizabeth, and congratulations on your career choice. I have absolutely no idea how to help you. My best suggestion is to look up Angela Booth online. She is a writer who covers many different types of online businesses - writing related. She may know something about virtual assistants.

I am sorry that I could not really help with your question.

Shannon L. Buck