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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Chapter Seven

Walking the Walk

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” — Philip Roth

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Stephen King

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” — Jack Kerouac

Now, at long last, we get to the marrow of what you came here to do in the first place: Write!

While I don’t have the page count to go into an überdetailed how-to for every single type of article, we’re going to cover the most prevalent, the best practices of which can carry over into many other types of pieces. What follows are tips and tricks, some notes on structure, and examples of the articles in form.

But before we begin, let’s cover a few basics of the writing game.

Tense: Generally newspaper articles will be written ...

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