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A Visit With An Iraqi Refugee

I returned from my reporting trip to Jordan about a month ago. I’ve written five pieces so far from the trip — linked at the bottom of this article. One more soon to be published by CNBC and I hope … Continue reading

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How To Finance a Freelance Passion Project

I’m in Amman, Jordan, this week, reporting on entrepreneurs in the Middle East. As I explained to people that I was going, many of my writer and photographer friends talked about how much they wanted to do similar things. Most … Continue reading

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Why Freelance? In A Word: Freedom

For some people, it happens in their 20s. For others, it’s after 30 years in the trenches. They get tired of the whole idea of working for someone else. There are a host of reasons I’ve heard from people I’ve … Continue reading

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Give Your Freelance Clients A Fair Shot

I recently told someone I work with that I’d give a new situation a fair shot. The same day, I told my daughter that she had to give her new softball team a fair shot. Now I’m struggling to define … Continue reading

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The Value Of Multiple Drafts, With Input From George Saunders

The immediacy and the economics of writing for the web have steadily reduced the number of drafts produced on any given story. When I worked for a weekly newspaper, there were at least four or five drafts of a piece, … Continue reading

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On Middlemarch and Not Following Your Dreams

We spend a lot of time on 200kfreelancer encouraging writers, designers and other professionals to have the courage to create the lives and careers they want. We recognize how much courage such a move takes. I’m in a group with … Continue reading

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Focusing On These Four Moments Helps Win Assignments

Being a freelancer involves a fair amount of rejection. Even after you identify a few good target markets for yourself and develop some solid story ideas, you’ll have to send out something on the order of 10 pitches for every … Continue reading

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Silver Linings in Hurricane Sandy

First of all, if you’ve been affected by Hurricane Sandy this week, good luck and we’re wishing you a speedy recovery and return to normal. Here are a few thoughts and tips on coping: Reach out. The freelance life can … Continue reading

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When You Shouldn’t Be A Freelancer

Elaine and I spend a lot of time writing on 200kfreelancer about the benefits of a flexible work schedule. Yesterday, she blogged about what her ideal work day looks like — and though it is flexible, it’s clearly not short. … Continue reading

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Writing Tips From Stanley Fish, With References To Frankenstein and Dan Ariely

I’m continuing my tour through writing books by reading Stanley Fish’s How To Write A Sentence. I’ve been a writer and editor for 20 years – starting seriously in college, where I worked for the student newspaper at the University … Continue reading

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