"Master Dayton" might be humorous, (I mean if Ph.Ds are called "Doctors," shouldn't MFAs be called "Masters?") but in all seriousness I have made a living freelance writing and after several years I have tons of information I want to share to help out my fellow writers, regardless of age, experience, goals, situation, or background. This blog isn't pretty-but it will help if real freelance writing information is what you want.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Writing: Welcome to Master Dayton

Master Dayton: Advice for New Freelance Writers

Welcome to "Master Dayton's" blog. This is just the introduction, but in the future I will be sharing all the knowledge and information I've gained over the years about freelance writing to help you avoid the mistakes I've made and get you making some decent money freelancing and helping you to acheive your freelance writing goals, whatever those might be.

There's no snobbery here, and no deceit. I will NEVER offer you "can't miss" advice on any type of writing that I've never done, I'll NEVER reccomend a product that I haven't reviewed and that I don't use myself, and I will NEVER put down someone as being a "noob" or "idiot" for wanting to do something different. There are many types of writing and some people don't want to write technical writing or learn two years worth of marketing to make money with Adsense. Some do.

That's okay. I've done a lot of different types of writing covering the full gamut of writing from creative writing to freelance writing, so this blog will contain a lot of useful information and hopefully something all of you can use. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to keep coming back for updates!


  1. This is a really good idea for a blog. I know there are A LOT of writers out there who want to do freelance writing but aren't sure where to begin. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Master Dayton.

  2. Hi Ashley, good to hear from you, soon to be Master Cowger :) I was the same way for a couple years before the car accident forced action - wanting to write but letting not knowing what to do paralyze me. If I end up helping one person who was stuck in the same situation as I was, I'll be happy. Keep up the good work on your site & online magazine!

  3. I think in the coming economic downturn there are going to be more and more people wanting to make money online and you could do well this blog! There is so much mis-information out there on the web it puts a lot of people out there off. I too won't recommend anything I haven't used myself on my blog but I think that puts us in the 10% minority LOL I also to anyone new in this game: spend on nothing except hosting and domain names for at least the first 6 months! (but then if you do please come back LOL)!

  4. Hi Lissie,

    I definitely agree that if you're shooting for the online presence, there's no reason to spend a lot of money on anything other than hosting and the right domain names until you really get a feel for what's going on. For those who are in a "need money very soon for rent" mode, the only two paid sites I would reccomend are Elance and Guru - and always take the year long subscription if you can afford it up front. Thanks the comment, and please feel free to chat me up in the future, as well!

  5. Hey MD! I've been a faithful reader for two years now and I am excited to hear about the upcoming changes. You helped me to understand where to begin with freelancing and I've honestly not found very many others out there who are as willing to share their "secrets" with newbies. You could monetize the heck out of this stuff. Thanks for always being there to help guide the new kids.

  6. I am a nurse who is looking to get into medical writing. I have no formal writing training. I am wondering if you have any suggestions on where someone like me can learn the basics of writing? It is this fear thats holding me back. Also, Do you suggest that people use any particular writing software to help with grammer? Thank you in advance.

  7. Hi Chance,

    If you know the basics at even a junior high level then there's a good chance that you're already fine. It's often much more important to write to understand than at a certain level, though with medical writing there may be specific style rules for that genre. For general writing rules I'm a fine of this site from Purdue University: