We welcome fellow writers to submit guest posts to Our Write Side to build their writing chops and get exposure to our writing audience. We will accept guest posts on any topic related to writing, but here are our monthly themes for 2018 along with some suggested headlines.
Monthly Themes and Article Ideas
January: A year of writing (planning strategies, writer’s toolkits, etc)
Planning stories and pitches for the various holidays throughout the year.
Planning Anthologies to submit to throughout the year.
Building a toolkit for all writing seasons
Creating an annual marketing schedule
Why Setting a Rejection Count Works for You
Creating a social media Plan for the year
Why Goal Setting Might actually hurt You- and How to Prevent it.
How to NaNo all year with 1 simple writing habit.
February: let’s get technical (grammar, punctuation, behind the scenes for more experienced authors–book pitches, getting away with making up words and not following rules, how to choose which rules to follow, etc)
Passive Voice vs Active Voice
Grammar Faux Pas
How to Use ProWritingAid To Improve Your Writing
Writing the perfect book pitch
Understanding Google Analytics
How to Measure Marketing
Parts of a finished book (dedication page, legalities etc)
Rhythm and flow of poetry
March: story building/the forms and creation of poetry (For advanced, focusing on using story to build advertising, branding, or improving story structure for better writing after the first draft etc) A/B Testing and the Art of Creating Copy that Sells Character development by archetype (could be a series)
Character Building Using Multiple Intelligences Theory
Elements of a great book cover
Villain vs Anti-hero
April: marketing (branding, networking, things to do before you get published, podcasts, readings, etc)
Freelance writer’s experience with WordRate and/or PitchLab
Naysayers vs supporters of various writing stuff
May: vacations, school’s out, and other distractions
How to stay on schedule even when your kids are not
June: is that copyrighted? (using other people’s work–song lyrics, etc–in your writing, for more advanced, where to find images for marketing/ advertising, how to do attribution, trademarking, etc.)
How to protect your work (copyright, public sharing etc)
July: when enough is enough (the finish line) Look at when to end or when to tweak a book, a series, a marketing strategy, advertising approach, genre approach, should it be a series or not, etc
For the love of purple prose
When is too much, too much?
Creating the middle of the story without adding unnecessary fluff
August: exploring genres and writing outside your comfort zone (For the more advanced, exploring copy writing, technical, paid work, guest posts, crossing genres effectively)
Short story vs Novel
How to write flash fiction
World-building by genre
September: vetting and submission (researching publishers, standard submission reqs, cover pages vs cover letters, using and storing templates, what platform(s) to publish, vetting professional editors, designers, publishing houses, agents, advertising agencies, publicists, etc)
Monetizing Do’s and Don’ts
Passive income from writing a book
Choosing keywords and proper genre
October: NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges (contest writing, deadlines, marketing strategies for the holidays, compelling copy, etc.)
Finding a writing partner
Where’s your tribe
Types of writing gurus and who best aligns with your needs and beliefs
What to do When Beta Readers Disagree?
November: Write through the holidays (Stay on task)
December: Endings and Planning (effective goal setting, planning marketing and strategy for the following year, setting up a publishing schedule, setting deadlines for finished work, researching local and social media events, etc)
Additional Topic Ideas:
Any topic: Top 10/15/25/50 list pertaining to writing
Pitch Checklist for Freelance Writers