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Freewriting: What is Freewriting

Have you heard of freewriting?

What is freewriting?

Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. (Free Writing, Wikipedia)

How?

Free writing is when you:

  • write non-stop
  • don’t correct your writing
  • keep writing, even if you have nothing to write, just to keep the flow of writing (imagine writing something that means nothing)
  • don’t judge or censor your writing

Why freewriting?

  • It helps to generate ideas before expanding
  • It helps to gather information before rearranging
  • It helps to unblock “writer’s block”
  • It helps to get comfortable with writing
  • Just for fun

Freewriting is the best way to start your writing, especially when you are suffering writer’s block. It helps to get into the writing mood.

You can free write when:

  • you feel that ideas are flowing in your mind
  • you have nothing to write and want to write something
  • you feel angry or sad and you want to let it all out on paper (or typing on your computer)
  • you want to sleep but cannot sleep

Example of freewriting:

1. http://web.mst.edu/~gdoty/classes/concepts-practices/free-writing-example.html

2. http://home.earthlink.net/~khatzi/essay/freewriting.htm

Resources on freewriting:

1. http://grammar.about.com/od/yourwriting/a/freewrite.htm

2. http://www.wikihow.com/Freewrite

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction πŸ™‚

Blog Engage

I used to be a member of Blog Engage. It was a long time ago but recently I decided to take a peek at Blog Engage to find out what’s new.

First of all, I was surprised that I can no longer log in. After digging around the site, I noticed that I have to pay $19.99 for a standard account. There are other advanced packages available ranging from $9.99/month to $199.99/month.

Memberships, RSS, Blog Engage

Naturally I became curious. I NEED to find out HOW to get this standard account for FREE.

Then, it came to me – http://www.blogengage.com/blogger/get-your-free-19-99-blog-engage-account

The title says it all.

This is my chance to have a fresh start on BE.

These are the features for a standard account:

What’s Included in a Blog Engage Standard Account?

  • Manual Submission:

With your manual submission account you have full access to the blog engage community. Your articles will need manual submission but all features and functions of the site will be available for you to use.

  • Adsense Revenue Program

On all your manually submitted and or syndicated Articles we will display your Google Adsense ads! this is set up by modifying your profile.

  • Groups

You will have the ability to create or join groups for your blog. During the submission process you will have the ability to submit targeted articles into these groups. This is a great way to get your content in front of an audience that wants to read it.

  • The Wall

This is a great place to keep up to date on all your friends activities. This will show all their status updates, submissions, comments and everything you need to know to stay updated on what’s happening in the blogosphere.

  • Community Blog

You have full access to and are welcomed to guest blog on our community blog as often as you like. You can introduce yourself to our community, show off your blog and so much more.

  • Blog Forum

Our blog forum is a great place to meet new bloggers and to introduce yourself to everyone. You can ask for blog reviews, look for guest bloggers and so much more.

  • Blog Directory

The blog directory is another way to help you rank in the search engines. You can add all your favorite blog links with tags and titles to help you rank higher for targeted keywords.

  • Free e-Book

SEO Marketing E-Book Written by me Brian Belfitt.

  • EasyRetweet Bonus (500)

EasyRetweet in partnership with Blog Engage offers all Blog Engage Standard Account holders 500 Credits. EasyReTweet is an excellent Twitter Web App and traffic tool that helps Twitter users pull huge traffic to their links.

~ from Blog Engage

What are you waiting for? Get your free standard account by following these steps:

http://www.blogengage.com/blogger/get-your-free-19-99-blog-engage-account/

I can’t wait to get started, that is if Brian activated my account πŸ™‚

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction πŸ™‚

Dream Job

Hello,
My name is Kieran Flores.

I am trying freelance writing jobs, and that’s how I found your site. You provide interesting and practical information, thanks!

I would like to know whether you will write about writing as a dream. I mean, when you ask a kid “”What do you want to be?””, he or she would hardly answer “”A writer””. But you certainly have an experience in this field. I’m sure you have something to say. Is it the job you dreamed about? Is being a writer dreamy? It’s just a suggestion, but I really think it would be an awesome post. Your opinion is very important for me.

Thank you.
I highly value your feedback!

Best regards,
Kieran Flores

I apologise for overlooking this.

This has been sitting on Google Drive for months.

Kieran, you have raised an interesting topic for me.

Is writing my dream job?

YES.

I knew it since I was 12 years old.

I used to write poetry and short stories.

In fact I had a very old blog on creative writing when I was 13 years old, but the blog is unpublished at the moment.

So, there you have it. My answer is yes and I will write for as long as I can, although it has been difficult lately due to the commitment (work, study & family).

Have a question? Ask here.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction πŸ™‚

Identifying Freelancing Scams

I have written in general about Freelancing Scams in 2009 and this post is an updated version.

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In 2009, I have discussed a few ways to identify freelancing scams. However, 2013 is approaching and this is the perfect time to revise some of the most common scams in the freelancing industry.

Common Signs of Scam

Unique Article as Sample

Situation: Employer will request a unique article sample (NOTE: if you are a designer, you might be asked to present a unique logo design as a sample).

Reality: You are providing a piece of unique work for nothing.Personal View: Personally I have experienced this in my early months. I have written a few articles, sent them to the so-called employer and never get paid.

Payment Out of System

Situation: Freelancing sites such as Freelancer.com and Elance.com require payment through their system. Any payment out of the system is a breach of their terms and conditions. Now, some employers prefer to pay out of the system to avoid fees.

Reality: Most employers who seek payment out of the system are scammers. They do not have the intention of paying at all. It is not recommended to accept payment out of the system for first-time clients (employers).

Brief Job Description

Situation: The job description is too general.

Reality: It is usually fake (although not always).

Low Pay

Situation: You are being offered low rate (e.g. $1 for 500 words).

Reality: First, they just want to save money. Secondly, they are fooling you into thinking that you are worth such rate because you are “new”.

Too Good To Be True

Situation: You smell something fishy.

Reality: Trust your instinct. Chances are you are right, there’s something wrong.

Pay First Scheme

Situation: You are required to pay in order to “secure” the job.

Reality: Once they received your payment, they will disappear into the thin air.

Revenue Sharing

Situation: You are required to submit articles and your earning depends on the traffic to your articles and the number of clicks on the ads.

Reality: If you don’t mind writing for peanuts, you might want to try this. However, in most cases, they are fraud.

Personal View: I have tried on Triond. While the earning is rather low, but at least they pay as promised, every month.

Newbie Trap

Situation: In exchange of “experience”, you are required to work for low pay or no pay.

Reality: They are insisting on the fact that you are “new” and to lure you into thinking that you are gaining “experience”, you are required to work on low pay or no pay. In other words, this is a waste of time and total scam.

Conclusion

Please beware of the signs when looking for freelance jobs / gigs / work

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction πŸ™‚

Back to Basic – Grammar

As a student of Advanced Writing Skills for University Studies, I find that grammar is really important. My tutor told me that she found some minor language errors in my assignments (which is rather disappointing for me!).

Therefore, I have been searching for reliable source to improve my writing and I believe that the best place to start would be from the basic.

I found Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Here’s the first part for me to explore – Grammar.

Enjoy!

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction πŸ™‚