..need your help here!

Philippines
April 15, 2012 10:24pm CST
Okay, I'm in the middle of writing gigs and I thought it would be a very good idea to apply to more clients. The problem in this situation is that I am running out of ideas or topics to write as sample articles. I know I can write good but sometimes, I need to be 'forced' to write about something. Research is okay but what missing is the topic. So, I appeal to you, if you can give me some topics to write about. I am scrabbling in ideas and I will admit that I am jumping from one topic to another. Advance thanks for those who will reply. Message me if your in a writing dilemma and I will return the favor.
2 responses
@sirnose (2440)
• United States
16 Apr 12
A good writer never runs out of ideas, I feel that writer's block is just a way to say that the writer is lazy. You should find ways to develop new ideas for your articles, there are lot of resources online to numerous to list here that will always keep a writer churning out articles. You will have to research these ways but, one I will suggest is article directories. Find several good ones that have a variety of topics especially the topics you write about and this should help you to get headlines or titles for your articles. Good day! P.S. Beware of clients that ask for "free writing samples"
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
I guess I do have a spell of laziness with writer's block. It's just that I am more comfortable with people telling me what to write sometimes. It gives em direction, which I often lose when I am daydreaming. I do have some rejected (ow!) articles that I can improve but I like to write about topics that I don't really know. What's wrong with free writing samples? Most clients ask them and I think it is justifiable. Though I have a feeling that they might take my byline from me.
@sirnose (2440)
• United States
17 Apr 12
There is nothing wrong with free writing samples but what will happen is a client who want articles written for free with no intention of paying the writer will use this tactic to get free articles from writers who hope this client will hire them. For example: a client request a free writing sample and 20 writers submit articles this client now has 20 free article to use as they please without spending a cent. The best way to combat this is to check to see if this client has any black marks against them from other writers.
• Philippines
18 Apr 12
Your reasons are justifiable. that's the reason why I am often wary of submitting samples to potential clients. I just don't know who tot rust. I work mostly with a friend in the business and I get almost all of my assignments form her. But I would like expand my clientele without being abused in return. If there's a way to counter this, then I would be more aggressive in applying.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
16 Apr 12
Oh, wow. Please tell me you're not writing a new sample article for every individual bid? There are many, many people who will scam you out there. They will get you to write samples for them, saying that they need to know how well you can perform the job, then they'll just up and disappear or turn you down. Every person writing a sample is providing one article. If they're getting even $3 for one article, they're making a killing off of everyone writing a great sample. I had 4 default samples on hand when I used to bid on writing jobs before I had full-time clients. I would write about a topic I wanted, in the style I wanted, and I would make sure it was some of my best work. If they couldn't glean that I was a decent writer from the work I would provide, tough luck. I think you should work up a few samples and use them as default samples. Pick a topic you know a lot about and write something compelling. When you're applying to a newspaper or a magazine, you show them some of your best work via your bylines. You don't go and write an article for their paper to prove that you're good enough to write for their paper. That's more akin to an internship than it is freelancing.
• Philippines
20 Apr 12
Sorry for the late reply, Bunch of replies to tackle and I am working on my samples at the same time. Yeah, I was quite thinking of that but I had some articles that I am going to improve. These articles were never sold. I was asking my friend how to protect my samples so that they can't distribute and pass off as their own. Thanks for your advice.