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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 • 64 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

    WCP247 Coach me

    WCP247 Coach me

    What’s one thing you’d like help with in your writing life today?
    I’d like to coach you about it—and share the recording with other listeners of the Writing Coach Podcast.
    To apply for a free coaching session with me, visit www.rebeccalweber.com/coachme
    🔗 You might also like to listen to …
    WCP 1: What’s your problem?
    WCP20 Setting freelance writer goals
    Writing Coach Podcast Greatest Hits Playlist on Spotify
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    ⭐ Support the Writing Coach Podcast by reviewing on Apple Podcasts, sharing a link on your website or in your newsletter, or in your next social media post. Let other writers know why you listen.

    • 4 min
    WCP246 First Tuesday: Write that pitch

    WCP246 First Tuesday: Write that pitch

    Sometimes you AND your pitch need to get out of your head and out into the world. 
    On the first Tuesday of the month, I’m hosting co-pitching calls where freelancers work on their pitches together. 
    This month I offered a few short prompts for those who needed it. Here I elaborate on ways to approach these prompts, your story idea, your editor, your readers, and your mindset.
    🔗 You might also like …
    WCP 245 Archives: 🐶 Monday mornings on the mountain with Mishka
    WCP 217 Title TK
    WCP 16: Freewriting for freelancers
    WCP 4: Pitching: The perfect black T-shirt
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    🔥 Work with me 1:1
    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 writing goals. 
    Apply for private writer coaching: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach
    ⭐ Support the Writing Coach Podcast by reviewing on Apple Podcasts, sharing a link on your website or in your newsletter, or in your next social media post. Let other writers know why you listen.
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast246

    • 21 min
    WCP245 Archives: 🐶 Monday mornings on the mountain with Mishka

    WCP245 Archives: 🐶 Monday mornings on the mountain with Mishka

    On Monday mornings I used to be cranky and anxious. It’s not a great combo any time, and not a great foundation for the week ahead. 
    Then I created a ritual to help me transition … and I actually look forward to that time when I get to look at my writing projects from a totally different perspective. 
    Creating a ritual or two in your writing life can provide structure, meaning, and momentum.
    This episode is in memory of the patron puppy saint of the Writing Coach Podcast, Mishka.
    🔗 You might also like to listen to …
    WCP 244: Freelance feast or famine
    WCP 231 Archives: Writing through grief
    WCP 43: Bridge thoughts
    WCP 15: How Nelson Mandela taught me to write faster
    Writing Coach Podcast Greatest Hits Playlist on Spotify
    🔗 Mentioned on this episode …
    Essential books for writers
    Laura Feasey on Instagram
    Yolisa Qunta on Instagram
    Mishka on Instagram
    Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit”
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    ⭐ Support the Writing Coach Podcast by reviewing on Apple Podcasts, sharing a link on your website or in your newsletter, or in your next social media post. Let other writers know why you listen.
    ✏️ Work with me in Freelance Writer Bootcamp
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Nat Geo Travel, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. 
    Apply now for the next session: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    🔥 Work with me 1:1
    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 writing goals. 
    Apply for private writer coaching: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast245

    • 32 min
    WCP244 Freelance feast or famine

    WCP244 Freelance feast or famine

    In one week, you might have a pub that you’ve written for for years fold, receive an email from an editor who said she loved your pitch now asking for a ton of edits, sign a contract for a new book, and have a source ask to reschedule an interview.
    It seems there’s nothing as constant in change in the freelance writing world … and yet so many freelancers seem continually surprised by the meta pattern of change.
    In this episode we look at handling change as a freelance writer in general, and then focus in on the pattern of feast and famine. 
    🔗 You might also like …
    WCP 150 Archives: Company policies
    WCP 239: You set your freelance writing rates
    WCP 214 Cultivate flow
    WCP 1: What’s your (writing) problem?
    ✏️ Work with me in Freelance Writer Bootcamp
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Nat Geo Travel, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. 
    Apply now for the September 2023 session: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast244

    • 23 min
    WCP243 Gift of specificity

    WCP243 Gift of specificity

    They say it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gifts. But if you’ve ever had the experience of receiving a gift that was clearly intended for somebody else (but the tags got swapped or similar), or if you received a generic Secret Santa present, you know that the thoughts leading to those gifts were fundamentally different than when somebody offers you a gift that surprises and delights you because it is just so perfect.
    Freelancers who pitch regularly have had the experience of sending the wrong idea to the wrong publication at the wrong time. If who you are pitching is an afterthought, that randomness shows. 
    Sending your next editor a pitch that makes their day is an empowering experience for both of you. Learn more about the gift of specificity.
    🔗 You might also like …
    WCP 187 You’re invited
    WCP 180 Learning mindset
    WCP 4: Pitching: The perfect black T-shirt
    WCP 182 Archives: Annoying pitches
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    ✏️ Work with me in Freelance Writer Bootcamp
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Nat Geo Travel, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. 
    Apply now for the next session: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast243

    • 11 min
    WCP242 Miss that exit

    WCP242 Miss that exit

    On a road trip, you might see a dozen reminders about an upcoming exit. The frequency doesn’t mean that you should get off the highway for an unwanted detour.
    Following the trail of habitual thoughts can derail your writing life. Learn to stay the course.
    Also: The last session for the year of my small group coaching program, Freelance Writer Bootcamp, starts in mid September. Details and application info: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    🔗 You might also like …
    WCP 1: What’s your (writing) problem?
    Writing Coach Podcast Greatest Hits Playlist on Spotify
    ✏️ Work with me in Freelance Writer Bootcamp
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni of my group coaching program have used the proven Bootcamp processes to break into the New York Times, the Guardian, Bustle, Fodor’s, Ms., Nat Geo Travel, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and many more. 
    Apply now for the next session: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    🔥 Work with me 1:1
    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 writing goals. 
    Apply for private writer coaching: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast242

    • 16 min

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64 Ratings

64 Ratings

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Inspiration Motivation for all levels

Rebecca knows what questions to ask to help you get to the heart of your goals and sift through the rubble that has you hesitating on which way to move forward. She’s patient and generous with her time and advice, which BTW, serves you well no matter your skill level or experience. All that stuff you see written under her bio/description? Ditto that (esp. the mindset shift which was a tremendous help.)

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High value, low fluff.

Rebecca’s generosity shines through in every episode, as she coaches, encourages, lovingly calls out, and validates you, the writer. Great for freelance writers at all levels of experience, each episode contains actionable gems.

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Invaluable resource for freelance writers and other entrepreneurs

I stumbled on this podcast as the pandemic was about two months in. As a freelancer, I worried about how the shutdown would hurt my business. This podcast - gave me and continues to give me - the tools to question my approach and tactics. Applying those lessons not only kept me afloat but helped me thrive. Rebecca’s no nonsense clear-headed encouragement is a gift to any creative self-employed professional. Brava!

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