"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.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Freelance Writing Advice: Writing & Staying the Course

Freelance Writers Write

This will be a relatively brief post until I get back into full swing in May. I think the single hardest part of getting started as a freelance writer is actually having the courage to get started. I was fully prepared to make a living as a freelance writer a full couple years before I actually did - but I read and read and read and studied and heed and hawed, and waited. This was out of fear. What if I failed? What if I succeeded and it still wasn't enough? There was no way to fail or ever know about the drawbacks if I didn't jump in and try.

And in fact, I never did try until life (and a car) crashed so hard that I had no other choice. I started on a tower system that had main components from three different computer systems, a partially burned out mother board, and a CD Rom drive held in by folded cardboard and bubble wrap. It was a miracle this thing turned on, but with that computer and a dial up Internet, I started the first tenuous steps of my freelance writing career.

The hardest part of any endeavor is always getting started. If you read a lot about making money online, you'll see the same thing there as I'm saying here. You can't be a freelance writer if you don't write. You can't make money if you don't work. And researching doesn't count. Work means doing something that produces results. If you want to be a freelance writer, go ahead and read all these posts - I try to include solid information that will get you moving, but above all else, GET STARTED!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Where Is Master Dayton, Freelance Writer?

The Freelance Blogger Returns

As some of you have noticed, and been kind enough to e-mail me about, I haven't been around "Master Dayton" in a while. In way too long, in fact. One post in March and none until mid April is way too long an absence, and I completely apologize for that fact. Freelance writing is not easy, and part of what can make things even rougher is that when things going chaotic and bad in the personal life, you still need the discipline to work and keep the income coming in even when money is the absolute last thing on your mind.

This has been a very rough several weeks for me, and as to the kind questions about if I'm doing all right, the answer is "not really." But I'm hanging in there best I can, trying to deal with things best I can, and while there were a large number of things on my plate, the personal meant some things had to be put to the side, and link building, online marketing, and all my blogs were on that list, unfortunately.

This freelance writing blog is my favorite of all of my blogs, and one that I really enjoy since I get so much interaction with my readers and because I really like sharing the knowledge I have and hope that more and more people are helped out by it.

So the short answer to another question that has come up a few times recently: No. This is not a dead blog. I intend to get back to regular blogging soon, and am actually excited about the prospect of having some guest bloggers in the short term future for both the freelance writers and the creative writers. There will be more website reviews, more freelance writing advice, and a lot more in the future.

So thanks for the kind words and understanding, and you'll see me back around here in the weeks ahead, hopefully with some good friends who can make this blog better than ever! Until then, keep on freelance writing and build the dream.