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Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world.

If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you.

Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself.

Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber Rebecca L. Weber

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    • 4.9 • 53 Ratings

Rebecca L. Weber coaches with the sustainable strategies, mindset shifts, and creative skills development she uses to help independent writers around the world.

If you’ve got what it takes to make it as a freelance writer, but struggle with confidence, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, procrastination, time management, writer’s block, improving your craft, marketing, pitching, underearning, pursuing meaning in your work, or getting in your own way, this is the writing podcast for you.

Learn, grow, and succeed as a freelancer by identifying the wants and needs of your editors, your readers, and yourself.

Rebecca draws on her experience as a journalist covering social justice, the environment, international development, the arts, and travel for publications like CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and Ebony.com. Download a free guide on how to pitch at www.rebeccalweber.com/5-proven-steps

    WCP132 Archives Vol. II Celebrating

    WCP132 Archives Vol. II Celebrating

    Glossing over achieving goals, and the milestones along the way to those goals, doesn’t allow us to really recognize or appreciate all that we’re doing right as freelancers. Sure, there is intrinsic value in a job well done, but it’s also useful to pause and intentionally celebrate those wins as well. Ignoring achievements, or of “rewarding” ourselves with either the next task or an admonishment that we took too long or didn’t do quite a good enough job, doesn’t help motivate us to take on the next challenge.
    Seeking out what’s working—and celebrating your wins—gives you more access to the creative problem solving part of your brain, and to a state of flow.
    Don’t feel like you have much in your writing life to celebrate right now? Let’s start small—smaller than your habitually non-celebrating mind thinks makes sense—and reframe your outlook.
    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE …
    WCP 96: Winning
    WCP 20: Setting freelance writer goals
    WCP 32: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. II
    WCP 45: Setting freelance writer goals, Volume III
    WCP 59: Setting freelance writer goals, Vol. IV
    WCP 1: What’s your problem?
    Download my guide on how to pitch freelance articles.

    WORK WITH ME: JOIN THE FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP WAITLIST
    Join the waitlist for the next session of my small group coaching program, and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open AND get special access to an early bird bonus: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way.
    Writers on the waitlist will be the first to hear when Bootcamp applications open up for early bird enrollment in the next session.
    Click here to join the small group waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast132

    • 23 min
    WCP131 Pitch anything

    WCP131 Pitch anything

    Once you tap into the power of presenting a story idea (or just about any other writing related project) in a way that connects the dots for the recipient about how it will be relevant/helpful to them, you can bring that frame of mind with you to pitch almost anything. I’ve seen Bootcampers transition seamlessly into landing staff jobs, being accepted into grad school, and securing interviews with celeb guests by knowing how to pitch themselves.
    WORK WITH ME: JOIN THE FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP WAITLIST
    Ready to master the art of the freelance article pitch?
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    Writers on the waitlist will be the first to hear when applications open up for early bird enrollment in the next session.
    Click here to join the Bootcamp waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast131

    • 16 min
    WCP130 Pitching for demand

    WCP130 Pitching for demand

    Are your pitches in demand with editors?
    Making sure the quality and clarity of how your pitch addresses the needs and perspectives of your publication’s readers is essential for connecting with assigning editors.
    Following through on what you’ve promised is just as important for long-term relationships. When the editor receives your story, they think, “Oh yes, this is just what we agreed on and then some.” [Of course, “then some” refers to rigorous reporting, elegant writing, or similar—NOT a bloated word count that they have to trim back.]
    Overdelivery—the simplicity of doing a good job and exceeding expectations—is powerful. It’s what leads you both to wanting to continue to working together.
    Pitching and then writing an assigned article are both external skillsets that are greatly influenced and fueled by your attitude and mindset.
    Think about how you approach a pitch differently if it’s for anybody who wants it as a single, once-off gig vs. if it is for one editor who you’re going to write a dozen stories for.
    What’s different in your approach when you only intend to pitch a single idea to an editor, or when this pitch will be linked to your pitches for this same editor next week, next month, next quarter?
    Let’s look at what it really takes to not just pitch on demand, but to truly be in demand as a freelance writer.
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    Download my guide on how to pitch freelance articles.
    WCP 115 Pitching as a freelance superpower: Pitching triad miniseries part 3
    WCP 114 Everyday dream clients: Pitching triad miniseries part 2
    WCP 113 Believe me: Pitching triad miniseries part 1
    WCP1 What’s your problem?

    WORK WITH ME: JOIN THE FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP WAITLIST
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven pitching processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way.
    Writers on the waitlist will be the first to hear when Bootcamp applications open up for early bird enrollment in the next session.
    Click here to join the Freelance Writer Bootcamp waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

    More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast130

    • 18 min
    WCP129 Writing space

    WCP129 Writing space

    What makes for an ideal writing space?
    What supports your focus, the quality of your thinking, and getting words out of your brain and onto the screen or page? What’s conducive to you getting writing done?
    Let’s talk about how your environmental influences your writing, and how to optimize.
    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    Tools for South African journos and reporters interested in a global perspective
    OpenUp: Builds tools, opens up data, and provides data training to support an active citizenry
    Wazimap: South African population data
    Municipal money: track how your local SA municipality manages its money, compare nationally
    Vulekamali: Makes the SA budget more accessible to all
    Home office hacks for writers: See my home office set up
    WORK WITH ME: JOIN THE FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP WAITLIST
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, have used these proven processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    Writers on the waitlist will be the first to hear when applications open up for early bird enrollment in the the next session.
    Click here to join the Bootcamp waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast129

    • 18 min
    WCP128 Archives Vol. I Managing overwhelm

    WCP128 Archives Vol. I Managing overwhelm

    Over the next few months, I’m going to be periodically re-releasing some of the best and most popular episodes from the Writing Coach Podcast archives. If you’ve been a subscriber from day one, you’re ready to deepen your understanding of these concepts. I’ll give you a few additional thoughts about each episode. And if you’re new, think of this as a curated list as to where to start.
    We don’t absorb and apply everything the first time. Today’s archival episode on managing overwhelm is one that I’ve listened to quite a few times. :) Most of the time I’m clear about what causes overwhelm, what it looks and feels like … but I sometimes get caught up in it too. Listening to this episode help me recalibrate, remind myself what to look out for, and to identify when it’s happening earlier on.
    Let’s look at the three main causes of overwhelm and how to find relief.

    MENTIONED IN THIS SHOW
    WCP 1: What’s your problem?
    WCP 2: Thinking thoughts and feeling feels
    WORK WITH ME
    Join the waitlist for my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, and you’ll be the first to hear when enrollment opens again.
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    Click here to join the small group waitlist: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com

    Private coaching is for the writer who wants a personalized agenda and transformative breakthroughs. You’ll experience new clarity about what’s been holding you back and choose new patterns of thinking and behavior to propel you forward toward your goals. Click here for a private coaching consultation: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach

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    More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast128

    • 20 min
    WCP127 Favorite freelance writer resources

    WCP127 Favorite freelance writer resources

    To support ourselves, it’s nice to have a reliable go-to selection of tools, apps, programs, books, and other stuff.
    In today’s episode, I talk through a few of my own favorites, and why and how I use them. Be sure to check out one of my oldest blog posts that I keep updating, with all the links mentioned plus several more for you to explore. These are all affiliate free, ie no kickbacks.
    The updated blog post with links to the resources mentioned in this podcast, plus some others too.
    Modern Journalist Toolkit blog series
    Download my free guide on how to pitch
    List of all the Writing Coach Podcast episodes

    REVIEW THE WRITING COACH PODCAST
    I hope the Writing Coach Podcast has become one of your favorite writer resources.
    Please share the Writing Coach Podcast with your fellow writers. You can:
    Write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on Apple Podcasts Link to it on your blog, podcast, or Screenshot and share on your social media accounts WORK WITH ME
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my small group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more.
    Click here to apply for Freelance Writer Bootcamp.

    • 20 min

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53 Ratings

gymspy ,

Informative

Love this podcast while driving and at the gym, informative, sincere and useful

dbcreative ,

So helpful!

I listen to Rebecca’s podcast at the beginning of my writing day, as I am getting my calendar done, my emails checked… all the little details. I always have a notebook next to me where I scribble ideas and “to dos” and this podcast ALWAYS has me scribbling. Her last ep has me doing a quick, five min. adjustment to my email signatures. Easy peasy. Great stuff here!

QueerLys ,

Packed full of useful info

I downloaded a bunch of writing-focused podcasts and Rebecca’s immediately caught my attention over the others, mainly because she was so good at weaving a story with marketing her own programs. I haven’t listened to every episode yet, but every one I have listened to, I’ve come away from with new ideas about writing and my business as a freelance editor.

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