Brianna Soloski on Becoming a Freelancer

Guest Post
Today's guest is another Musaling, this time an editor and freelancer to bring you a totally new perspective. Please give Brianna Soloski a warm welcome. * * * * When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher or an author. I went to school for education, but ended up not going into that field. I was working at a preschool, but was laid off in 2008. I floundered for two years after that, moving a few times, not working, unsure what I wanted to do. Summer 2010 found me in Seattle working at a summer camp. It also led to a long chat with my cousin about what I really wanted to do with my life. She suggested I go back to writing, since I’d always enjoyed it…
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Writing The Feature Story by Jordan Clary

Freelance Writing, Writing
Today's guest poster is a freelancer who originally emailed me asking for more information about the work I did as a social media manager earlier this year. I was thrilled to make the connection and happily invited her to post something for all of you--I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. * * * * Feature stories are a mainstay of nearly every type of publication. They balance out informational articles with texture, color and depth. Feature stories give the writer, and reader, a chance to explore a subject and look at it from different perspectives. Unlike news stories, which generally follow the inverted pyramid style, where the reporter makes the main point right away and the most important sub-points in the first paragraph or two,…
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Freelance Writing as a Means to an End

We all want to be the next New York Times bestseller. Odds are those of you reading this blog already know that it's not going to magically happen. You know that it takes years of hard work to become a writer good enough to publish, let alone to hit the bestseller list. You know that in order to become a great writer, you need to spend evenings and weekends working on your writing until you're making enough money to quit your day job. This information is probably less terrifying for those of you who already have a day job. For me, about to move in with my boyfriend and sometime not long after that to graduate high school, having never worked on anything not writing related for more than a…
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