By Lindsey Hayward

Lindsey Hayward is a freelance writer in the Pacific Northwest. Although she got a bachelor's degree in animal science from Kansas State University, she crushed her parents' dreams by still wanting to “just be a writer.”

She's often cocooned in her favorite recliner with a laptop and cat, alternating between writing for Write, Writer, Write! and her copywriting clients at lindsey-hayward.com, and sipping coffee (only one cream and a tiny pinch of sugar!) while watching her wild seagulls scavenge for bread in the front yard.

Who Can Write My Essay For Me?

When you have to write an essay, you have just 2 options. The first one is to write it by yourself, which may be an issue if you don’t have a lot of time, which is directly connected to a poor grade and affects the average. Some topics are simply nightmares for most students, so writing on them will probably have the same drawbacks.

Another solution is to pay for your essay to another student, who will write it for you. Although, this may be beneficial, in some cases, there are some severe problems. First of all, that student also doesn’t have enough time to write a great essay, which means that your grade won’t be high. Because every single writer has its own writing style, a professor may notice the similarity, therefore he will know that you are cheating. Sadly, in most cases, both problems occur with the same essay, so A grade is just an illusion. Luckily, there is a third option.

Essay Writing Services for You

Due to the popularity and the increased demand for essays, many companies were founded in order to meet the expectations of those students. Most of them deliver great essays in less than a day and they are more than just affordable. They won’t make the same mistakes as we mentioned earlier. The bottom line is that you will get an A grade every single time you use them.

A mandatory thing to remember is that every single essay will be written for you, according to the instructions you provided. You can make adjustments and changes during the writing process or when it is completed. Even better, revisions are free.

If we add a benefit that suggest that each writer can write papers from just one field of expertise, an impressive paper is mandatory. All writers, who work for the companies in question have more than 4 years of experience and they must pass tests in order to work. They also have regular checks so their writing performance must stay at the highest level.

We especially appreciate the editor feature. In essence, each paper, when completed, will be submitted to an editor. He will check the entire essay and correct mistakes if there are any. That’s why essay writing services like WriteMyEssays are so popular and so successful. The end result must meet specific criteria, every single time.
If this isn’t enough for you, let’s mention the awesome support team. In order to be effective and productive, these service providers must be available 24/7. This is the main reason why they use support agents that are always available. This means that you can get any answer anytime you want and you can order your essay at any given moment.

Now you know the answer and you know what to do. It is a wiser choice to order an essay and get an A grade than to write it by yourself and get a low one.

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Can’t Keep Up? Five Ways to Simplify Your Writing Time

Are you having trouble keeping up with your own expectations?  Or maybe feeling frustrated that you seem to spend what feels like hours at the computer with little to show for it?

If you’re juggling a “regular” J.O.B., a spouse, kids, activities, and more, your writing time is both sacred and pressured. So when you get that golden alone time with your keyboard, you want to make the most of it. But what do you do if you’re feeling the minutes slipping by and you’re staring at a blank screen, or – worse – Facebook?

Read on for five ways to simplify your writing time so that you can abolish those frustrations.

Close all your other tabs and focus. Here we go:

  1. Get off social media unless you’re promoting your business.

    You meant to just update the business page status, but as soon as you saw Suzie Loo’s cute new boxer puppy, an hour later you somehow found yourself drowning in cat memes. This one will take a conscious effort to self-monitor what you’re doing. Try training your brain to do a mental “check-in” every 15 minutes or so, and if you’re goofing around, click the “x” without judgment. (If you really don’t trust yourself, there are programs that will actually limit your online access for certain periods of time.)

  1. Get away.

    You love your spouse, your kids, your pets, and the comfy recliner in the living room. But you’ve got to spend your few precious writing moments alone in seclusion. No phones, no interruptions, no distractions, and no “What’s for dinner?”s. Make a sign with a scary picture of yourself and draw on some fangs and claws or something. Hang it up on the door when you write, and let everyone know you’re not to be disturbed upon threat of offing them in your next fiction piece.

  2. Write down specific goals and activities each week that you want to focus on.

    Are you trying to upgrade your headline-writing skills? Going for some killer query letter writing? Whatever it is you’d like to do, write it down at the beginning of each week. It’s a good idea to have a larger, long-range goal list, too, but breaking it down into smaller chunks can really help you get more accomplished.

  3. Make sure your body is ready to concentrate on writing.

    If you’re only getting five hours a sleep each night and live on a steady diet of coffee, cigarettes, and takeout, your mind won’t be in prime form when you want it to settle down on the page. Getting enough sleep and fueling your body (and mind!) with a healthy diet is a huge aspect of productivity. And if you’re not very active during the day, make sure you set aside some time for exercise, too.

  4. Enjoy yourself.

    Writing comes so much more easily when you’re enjoying it. So when you sit down and flex those fingers on the keys, remember why you’re sitting there. Let your voice out, your thoughts flow, and remember that there’s something you have to offer the world, regardless of how much time you’re able to write. The more you relax and embrace your writing time, the healthier both you and your writing will be. Have fun!

Are there any ideas you have to help others economize their writing time?
What stresses you out the most when you don’t have much time to write?

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One Space, or Two?

Do you use one space after a period, or two?

Do you know which is correct?

While scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, I saw a post that said, “Nothing says over 40 like two spaces after a period.”

Even though I’m not yet 35, it got my attention because I use two spaces after a period. Does that mean I should trade in my laptop for a 19th-century typewriter and start wearing shawls?

Trying to put my offended young ego on the back burner, I started to question my double-space habit. It really got me wondering if one was technically more correct than the other.

As partial as I am to the (dinosaur) double tap, it seems there are more and more mentions of how single spacing is the way to go.

In the days of typewriters, two spaces were necessary for monospaced typesetting, which gave the same amount of space for every character, regardless of how much it actually used. I’s were given the same amount of space as W’s, so to make it easier on the eyes new sentences were set apart by double spacing.

Be that as it may, with today’s modern proportional spacing the necessity of double spaces has become obsolete.

I was taught in keyboarding class (which I’m not sure even exists anymore…) to put two spaces after a period, so my thumbs automatically do a double tap after each one.

I’m sure I could retrain myself, but do I really have to?
Do I have to drop the extra space?

The answer made mince meat out of my comfortable habit.

According to Brian Klems, online editor for Writer’s Digest:

 Nearly all stylebooks, including The Associate Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style, prefer single spacing after a period.

I personally think publishers tend to lean toward the single-space option because we’re in the era of “space is money,” and everyone is under pressure to make every word count.
Making the switch to single spacing helps keep editors from cringing, as well, I hear.

Even though I’m resistant and a bit disappointed about it, I guess I’ll start trying to re-train my (old) fingers and brain. Until then, thankfully WordPress has got my back.

Do you double or single space?

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Jump Start Your Freelance-Writing Career – Part 2

A week ago we started our paths to a “real” freelance-writing career by finding a quiet writing space, getting all those little to-do items on paper and out of our minds, and scheduling time for them with the commitment of sticking to it.

I hope you’re settling into a new routine, and hopefully you’re seeing some positive results, even if it’s only because you don’t have those to-do thoughts nagging you after our put-it-on-the-page exorcism.
(If you’re still struggling with something, shoot me an email or comment – I’ll probably be able to help since I was likely in your shoes at some point.)

Writing space (a.k.a. “den of zen”)?  Check.

Thorough to-do list of actions that will help grow our career?  Check.

A realistic, organized schedule of the aforementioned list?  Check.

So what else will help us make that proverbial leap from newbie to bona fide author?

  1. Call yourself a writer, because you are one.

Jeff Goins had excellent advice in saying, “Believe you already are what you want to be. Then start doing it.”

If you don’t see yourself as a writer, no one else will, either.

There’s no mandate stating you have to put down 1,000 words every day to be considered a “real writer.”
If you’ve got the dream and can truthfully say you write regularly (regardless of the word count), then you’re a writer. Period.

A little fear can be healthy, because it shows you actually care and are emotionally invested in the way things go. But letting yourself succumb to fear to where you’re completely frozen (i.e. unable to write a single thing, let alone pitch ideas to anyone) will put you on the fast track to defeat and unfulfilled dreams.

Banish fear in whatever way works for you – read a book, meditate, have a friend or spouse give you a pep talk, journal, get sauced on wine (keep it classy), make a date with your therapist… anything! But let it go so it’s not weighing you down.
(Read and re-read this as often as necessary.)

  1. Learn as much as you can from others, and embrace supportive writing communities.

What freelancers do you look up to? Who has your “dream life” now?

Study them, write to them, see what they have to offer.

Google offers a plethora of resources for a motivated researcher, and with all the kind and helpful writers out there who HAVE created a successful writing career, you should have no problem finding more information than you need.
Don’t be lazy when it comes to getting involved with professional writers. And don’t be afraid to approach them, thinking they’ll want nothing to do with you or your un-published naivety.

One awesome thing about writers is that we are all very quick to help other writers and want to see them succeed. Pretty soon, you’ll be one of those successful writers helping the newbies.

  1. Start pitching. Now.

Everyone, absolutely EVERYONE, had to start somewhere.

No one was a brilliant, well-known writer before they went and pitched their first article to someone. All the writers you admire now started out just like you – a little intimidated and uncertain.

As long as you’re getting positive feedback from other writers and you’ve got a good grasp of the building blocks that create a successful freelancing career, take a deep breath and dive in!

This is often the scariest step because it makes the whole thing real, and it’s also the first real chance for rejection.

If you can’t make that first move, I can guarantee your writing career will never make it off the ground.

As frightening as it is, you’ve got to stick your neck out and make yourself vulnerable to have a chance at making your dream come true. The only difference between successful writers and hobby writers is their courage to persevere when faced with putting themselves out there.

  1. Fake it ’til you make it.

Even if you’re not completely confident in what you’re doing at first, sometimes you have to “fake it ’til you make it.”

Carol Tice wrote about a potential client who asked if she was familiar with a specific technological platform. She wasn’t, but instead of shrugging her shoulders and looking amateur, she “just nodded [her] head, acted confident… and went off and quickly figured it out.” She had a “fake it ’til you make it” attitude and it paid off.

I’m not encouraging you to lie or take on something that’s completely out of your league. If someone asks if you have experience with deep-sea bioluminescents and the physiology behind their eerie light, don’t just nod and smile if you just learned what bioluminescence was from watching a show on Discovery years ago.

Use good judgment, but don’t write yourself off, either. Most new writers lean toward insecurity in their abilities, so you’re probably more capable than you think.

So in summary, let’s recap.
At this point you have:

  • your personal writing hidey hole (be it a den, desk in the basement, or box in the attic)
  • a scheduled to-do list
  • your new, shiny title of “writer”
  • a list of people or companies you want to pitch to
  • your fear and inexperienced hog-tied, for use as a step stool

You can do this, so go get ‘em, tiger!
(Imagine my encouraging arm movement with closed fist.)

Whenever you feel discouraged, uncertain, or just plain defeated, please let us know – we’re here to help whether you need a pep talk, guidance, advice, or resources.

And when you do finally make that first pitch and/or land your first assignment, post your success below!

 

Until then, who is on YOUR pitch list?

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Jump Start Your Freelance-Writing Career – Part 1

When starting your freelance-writing career, a lot of time is often wasted trying to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing.

Endless hours are spent inefficiently, and we all know that’s a death-knell for productivity and growth.

It’s easy to spread yourself thin while getting involved in your target market’s community, commenting on others’ posts, reading everything under the sun on how to succeed, keeping notes and potential blog ideas, staying current in your niche, bulking up your portfolio, studying the art of pitching, and so on and so forth.

It’s exhausting, overwhelming, and leaves you wondering just what it is you think you’re doing.

Thankfully, as someone who has been there, done that, and gotten the tattered T-shirt, I can suggest a few things that might make the confusing journey to a “real” writing career a little less chaotic.

 

  1. First things first – find a writing “den of zen.”

I know it’s been said before, but there’s a good reason why this is number one.

If you’re going to take your writing career (and yourself) seriously, you need a place where you can work without being distracted.

Coming from the lady who tried to wing it in her living room armchair while daughter, husband, dog, and cats milled around, “trying to make do” just won’t cut it.

Find a special writing den for yourself, whether it’s the crawl space in your attic (Kidding… kind of) or a corner at the local coffee shop.

 

  1. Make a prioritized to-do list.

With so many options on where to spend your time, it’s imperative that you make an organized list of what you’d like to do.

Write down everything that is taking your time and attention, like reading and taking notes on others’ blogs, reading books about your craft, working on your website and/or personal blog, practicing pitching, finding potential clients in your niche market, promoting on social media, commenting and being a presence in writing and blog communities, submitting guest blogs, bulking up your portfolio, the actual act of writing itself, ad infinitum.

Get a hold of each thing that is leeching your focus and put it down on paper.

Then take a realistic look at your list and decide how much time you want to give each task.

When you’ve got a general idea of how much time you want to put into things, it’s a lot easier to make a solid plan and schedule things so you’re not neglecting anything else.

This is the best way to put all those “Don’t forget about me – you gotta do this thing rightnowthisminute!” demons to rest so you can focus on one thing at a time and not feel like you’re dropping the ball in other areas.

 

  1. Once you’ve got your to-do list, schedule time for each area and stick to it.

We all know that making a writing date prompts the universe to throw anything and everything in our way.

Despite Murphy’s Law, make a commitment to keep your writing schedule AT ALL COSTS.

This may mean moving things around so that your family is eating take out for dinner instead of the chicken and rice you had planned, or instead of getting the laundry done you have a bigger pile for tomorrow, but so be it.

If you can’t stick to a writing schedule, even a flexible one, you’re not going to be able to commit to regular writing work.

“So stop treating your writing like a hobby and decide to get serious about making things happen.  Otherwise, your writing won’t ever turn into a writing career.“.

Your family will understand, and might even chip in to help out with the dirty laundry. (Haha, I made a funny!)

I hope this gives you a good start to getting some organization and focus in your writing life.

Next week we’ll explore a few more ways you can shed your newbie status on the way to becoming a real pro. Until then, start building those lists!

What will be going on yours?

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