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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Chapter One

Battling—and Besting—the Basics

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” — Ernest Hemingway

“In the English language, it all comes down to this: Twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic.” — John Grogan

When it comes to writing, as with most things, starting is the worst part. Always. It’s excruciating. Starting a query, starting an article, starting a poem, starting a book—even this book!—takes a leap of faith. It takes courage. Trust your talent and your muse, and know that once you’ve formed a snowball, it’ll begin to roll. And who knows, with luck, it’ll turn into an avalanche.

It’s easy and fun to dream, but starting is a whole other beast.

So, let’s ...

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