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Monday, September 29th, 2008

Monica Shaw_s tips on starting an online writing portfolio _

In case you haven’t heard, I’m guest-posting today on, Linda Jones’ incredibly useful blog of tips, inspiration and advice for freelance writers. Linda has been awesome enough to let me share a few of my own tips. Thanks, Linda!

Now go check out the post!

Monica Shaw’s tips on starting an online writing portfolio

Project 10 to the 100th

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Writing is all about generating ideas. Think your ideas could change the world? Then send them to Google by October 20th for a chance to see those ideas come to life. Google is calling for “ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible”. Google calls is “Project 10100” and they’re committing $10 million bucks to making these ideas happen.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Send Google your idea by October 20th.
    Simply fill out the submission form giving them the gist of your idea. You can supplement your proposal with a 30-second video.
  2. Voting on ideas begins on January 27th.
    Google will post a selection of one hundred ideas and ask the public to choose twenty semi-finalists. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas.
  3. Google is committing $10 million to implement these projects, and their goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing.


Google’s goal is to set as few rules as possible. However, they ask that you put your idea into one of the following categories and consider the evaluation criteria below.


  • Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
  • Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
  • Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
  • Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
  • Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
  • Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
  • Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
  • Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don’t fit into any category at all.


  • Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
  • Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea’s impact last?

Writer’s Residence Featured on IJNet

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) has featured Writer’s Residence on its website in a news article discussing our recent free, one-year membership offering to student journalists.

IJNet’s mission is “to help connect journalists with the opportunities and information they need to better themselves and raise journalism standards in their countries.” We’re grateful that IJNet has featured us amongst its Training Opportunities and thank them for the mention!

Top 10 Blogs for Writers

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Michael Stelzner of Writing White Papers has just published his third annual top 10 blogs for writers. Michael chose the winners based on the quality of their content. Writers: add these to your RSS feeds!

  1. Copyblogger: As the undefeated champ, this blog has held the number-one spot for three straight years! The baby of Brian Clark, this blog keeps winning because of its excellent and educational articles.
  2. Men With Pens: James Chartrand and Harry McLeod are the dynamic duo who continue to deliver rich content and community discussion.
  3. Freelance Writing Jobs: Founded by Deb Ng, this site is the first stop for freelance writers seeking new work and great articles (and it remains a top winner since this contest began).
  4. Write to Done: This blog delivers a steady stream of excellent articles for all writers and is the product of top blogger Leo Babauta.
  5. Confident Writing: Looking for encouragement? Joanna Young will help you take your writing to the next level.
  6. The Renegade Writer: Linda Formichelli and Diana Burell, authors of a book by the same name, help freelance journalists find inspiration.
  7. Remarkable Communication: One part writing, one part marketing and one part selling, this excellent blog by Sonia Simone will help any writer succeed.
  8. Writing Journey: Looking for a great stop on your writing journey? Bob Younce’s blog will refresh and energize you.
  9. Freelance Parent: Two moms, Lorna Doone Brewer and Tamara Berry, provide excellent perspective on writing while balancing time with little ones.
  10. Urban Muse: Susan Johnston covers a wide range of excellent topics that all writers will enjoy.

How to Pitch to UK Publications

Friday, September 19th, 2008

UK’s Press Gazette has a whole section of their website devoted to How to Pitch to specific UK publications such as olive, Body and Soul and BBC Focus. The advice comes from people who have intimate knowledge of the publications, such as Gilly Sinclair, the features editor women’s weekly Chat who asks for “Real-life, real-life and more real-life! Once and for all we don’t do celebs! Give us stories that will make us laugh, cry or leave us shocked. Give us pictures that will make us throw up or well up.”

Blogging to Boost Your Freelance Writing Career

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Are you starting out as a freelance writer and trying to establish yourself as an “expert” in a particular topic?

The always helpful Freelance Writing Jobs has an interesting suggestion that might help you gain expertise while still earning a few freelance dollars on the side: find a blogging job in your topic of interest.

Then, when you discover someone looking to hire a blogger on the topic you’re trying to gain expertise in, send your letter of interest detailing your writing, blogging and social media experience. Do this for each blogging job you run across, and it won’t be long until you have the expertise and writing clips you’re seeking.

The following sites might help you in your quest:

A few blogging jobs on the right topics could look great in your writing cv and writing website. This will maximize your chance of landing new clients in areas you want to write about.

Good Advice From Stephen King

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Writing CV Q&A: Where Do I Put My Freelance Writing Work?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Whether you freelance full-time or part-time, it’s important to include your freelance writing work in your writing CV. This will eliminate any job gaps in your writing CV and show that you are capable of finishing a project.

Simply list “Freelance Writing” along with the other jobs in your writing CV. For example, suppose I’m a computer programmer who has done some article writing on the side. I would add my freelance writing experience to my writing CV as follows:

Freelance Writer
March 2001 – Present

Computer technology writer and editor with 7 years experience in the computer industry. Strong experience in print and online article writing. Clients include ComputerHelp Online, CompuPub and WikiNow.

Remember: The most important thing to do on your writing CV is don’t lie and don’t leave any gaps.

Where to Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

You don’t need to write for free. Freelance writing jobs are everywhere. Have a look through any of the freelance writing job boards and you’ll be blown away by the number of paying gigs out there.

Here is a list of my favorite websites to look at for freelance writing jobs, plus a bonus tip for those of you who overwhelmed by the sheer number of freelance writing jobs out there.

Subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite freelance writing job boards, and peruse the listings all at once in Google Reader or your RSS reader of choice. (Read this primer on RSS if you’re new to the concept.)

Now, on with the list you’ve been waiting for!

Where to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Welcome to the Writer’s Residence Blog!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Hi, I’m Monica, and this is the new blog for!

Tim and I created Writer’s Residence to help writers create an online portfolio and now we have this great blog! Thank you, Tim, for building it.

This is a blog about writing. Occasionally we’ll post news and updates about Writer’s Residence, but mostly we’ll stick to the good stuff that writers want to read about:

  • Writing tips
  • Getting published
  • Marketing yourself on the internet
  • Careers in writing
  • How to be a better writer
  • How to find paying gigs

And so on…

Stay tuned!