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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Chapter Four

Finding a Way In

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” — Larry L. King

“Interesting things happen when the creative impulse is cultivated with curiosity, freedom, and intensity.” — Saul Bass

“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood — you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.” —Jim Tully

Before I start rambling about queries and pitching (and believe me, there will be rambling, given the vital nature of the subject), let’s first talk about the different types of pieces you can pitch.

The first big question: Do you like to write short, or do you like to write long?

I love both. They’re each imbued with their ...

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