How to Look for a Publication (Which Will Pay You Dollars) for Your Freelance Writing Idea

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Say, after looking for a freelance writing idea, you already came upon one, a topic which would make for a very interesting feature article. How do you go about finding a publication to propose or pitch it to? Well, there are lots of ways of finding publications, or writing markets as they are called. But for our purposes for this article, we’ll discuss finding a publication when you already have an idea.

Basically, there are three ways of looking for writing markets online.

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

The Ever-present Signs

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I’m re-printing below, a slightly revised version of an article which got featured in WritersWeekly.com as a Success Story four years ago (December 17, 2002 to be exact) when I had just started freelance writing. It’s sort of my personal reply to the question, “How do I know if I’m really meant to be a writer?” It can even be applied to the perennial question, “How do I know my real purpose in life?”

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Tips for the Different Stages of Feature Writing

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A few months ago, I started freelance writing again and finished writing three feature articles for two publications. In the process, I have learned or, perhaps more accurately, re-learned a few things. The gist of what I "re-learned" is that writing features consists, at least for me, of stages. In this article, I will share with you these stages of writing as I re-discovered them and also share the things that I have "re-learned" during these stages.

Procrastination

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

How to Get Freelance Writing Ideas (Which Will Earn You Dollars)

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The most important thing to keep in mind is that ideas are everywhere. Once you start writing for dollars, you'll get a sixth sense, as it were. Call it a freelance writing radar or antenna, its function is to enable you to easily spot a story when you run into one. This article is about honing this particular ability.

So where does one get ideas?

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

How I Broke Into the World of International Freelance Writing

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Around five years ago, in 2001, after a video business with friends went bust, I was trying to come up with other ideas to generate income. I had decided to look in the field of my truest passion, writing. But how? I tried scriptwriting for TV but wasn't lucky enough to be given the opportunity. So I was looking into other types of writing for inspiration. Finally, I realized that the answer to my problem was just under my nose, just waiting to be discovered.

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

How to Make Money From Your Blog

by noid ()

I've recently posted this article on WriteLit.com, and I'm posting it here too, because as writers living in a developing country, I think we have a great opportunity here to earn big (or at the very least we have an alternative/additional source of income) without slaving for companies or middleman. All we need is a plan and old-fashioned hard work. Read on to learn more...

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of http://www.FilipinoWriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter(at)gmail(dot)com.

Trip to Quiapo -- Section Six: Writing 2. Istorya at Structure

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30. Pagsulat ng Storyline.

Bago isulat o matapos isulat ang storyline ay may mga tanong na makakatulong.

Kanino ba ang istorya? Ano ang problema niya? Ano ang gusto niya? O ang hindi niya gusto? Aware ba siya tungkol dito? Ano ang gagawin niya? Paano nagri-react ang iba sa problema niya? At sa naisipan niyang solusyon? Ano ba talaga ang problema niya? Anong nangyari sa problema sa huli? Anong pagbabago ang nangyari sa kanya? Tungkol ba talaga saan ang istorya?

This article is excerpted from the screenwriting manual Trip to Quiapo with permission from the author, Ricky Lee. Ricardo Lee, aside from being one of the premier scriptwriters in the Philippines is also a multi-awarded fictionist, journalist, and playwright. He is also one of the 100 Centennial Awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and a Gawad-Balagtas Awardee 2000 of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

Trip to Quiapo -- Section One: Mga Pundasyon

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1. Ang Pagpunta sa Quiapo.

Hindi ka tuturuan ng librong ito kung paano magsulat. Buhay ang gagawa n’on.

Kung naituturo ang pagsusulat, disin sana’y kasingdami ng tinapay ang magagandang scripts.

Hindi rin ibibigay ng librong ito lahat ng sagot. Kagaya sa tunay na buhay, walang iisang pormula sa pagsusulat. Ikaw ang maghahanap ng sagot.

This article is excerpted from the screenwriting manual Trip to Quiapo with permission from the author, Ricky Lee. Ricardo Lee, aside from being one of the premier scriptwriters in the Philippines is also a multi-awarded fictionist, journalist, and playwright. He is also one of the 100 Centennial Awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and a Gawad-Balagtas Awardee 2000 of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

How to Look for Short Story Ideas

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So you've decided to write a short story, but are a bit stumped by one minor detail –- you don't know what to write about. Here are a few suggestions, most of them based on my own writing experience, on how to look for short story seeds, and how to go about growing them so that they can flower into short story masterpieces.

 

1. Read

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. Most of his stories and poems have appeared in the Philippines Free Press and Philippine Graphic. You may reach him at filipinowriter(at)gmail(dot)com.

How to Read a Short Story

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A friend of mine recently asked me how to read a short story. She asked me through text (SMS) message, and I had to think on my feet and give her a quick answer. Being in SMS, my response was short but I think it captured the gist of what one has to have in mind when reading a short story. This article will be the longer version of my reply. I will be talking about the realistic story, but you may apply it to the postmodern short story (e.g., the fantastic) if you want.

 

INTUITIVE TO ANALYTICAL

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