216 episodes

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 • 58 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

    WCP185 Freelance writing goals, Vol. VII

    WCP185 Freelance writing goals, Vol. VII

    Six months into the year, let’s reflect on, and possibly revise, your annual goals. 
    What you’re telling yourself about hitting—or not hitting—milestones impacts your ability to reach your goals. What are you working on believing about yourself? 
    🔗 Mentioned in this episode: 
    WCP 160 Freelance writing goals: 5W1H goal setting
    WCP 2: Thinking thoughts and feelings feels
    WCP 1: What’s your problem?
    I will try by Mary Oliver
    🔥 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
    ✏️ Join the waitlist for 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. 
    Join the waitlist and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open, plus get access to an early bird bonus: 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
    ⭐ The best way to support the Writing Coach Podcast is to leave a review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let other writers know why you listen.
    ❤️ Share the podcast with other writers via your social media accounts or email newsletter, or leave a comment on my Instagram or Facebook feeds.
    🎧 Listen and subscribe in your favorite podcast app.
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast185

    • 15 min
    WCP184 Human rights reporting with Sara Cincurova

    WCP184 Human rights reporting with Sara Cincurova

    Sara Cincurova is a freelance human rights journalist from Slovakia, focusing on migration, conflict, human rights, humanitarian issues, and women's rights.
    She has written for The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Magazine, Al Jazeera English, Der Spiegel, Foreign Policy, The HuffPost, The New Humanitarian, Women's Media Center and many more.
    Sara extensively covered the conflict in eastern Ukraine since 2014 and reported from Kharkiv and other cities in Ukraine as of  February 24, 2022. She has reported from more than twenty countries, and investigated issues such as sexualized violence against women dissidentents in Venezuelan prisons, violence against pregnant refugees in Libyan detention centers, women who were forced to cross the Mediterranean during pregnancy, forced sterilizations of transgender people in Slovakia, and investigated how domestic abuse impacted disabled victims in Covid times. 
    In this episode, Sara shares:
    How pitching, reporting, and writing stories that matter differs for smaller and larger reaching publications Challenges of being embedded on a search-and-rescue vessel in the Mediterranean as a journalist on board, and participated in the rescue of 408 refugees Follwing up with pregnant refugees, documenting what happened to them and their babies Using deep reporting for multiple outlets Interviewing sources about prior and current trauma Establishing safety and the importance of authenticity when reporting on a humanitarian crisis Desire to share the truth and protect others Working as a freelancer when war broke out  🔗 Mentioned in this episode: 
    Sara Cincurova’s website
    Sara Cincurova on Twitter @Sara_Cincurova
    ‘Parents risk children’s lives – the alternative is worse’: on board a migrant rescue ship in the Guardian
    ‘All I Can Do Is Pray’: Elderly and Disabled Women Left Behind in Eastern Ukraine in Women’s Media Center
    My journey out of Ukraine in the Cut
    Women rescued at sea reveal scale of alleged Libya abuses in the New Humanitarian
    Committee to Protect Journalists
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    ⭐ The best way to support the Writing Coach Podcast is to leave a review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and let other writers know why you listen.
    ❤️ Share the podcast with other writers via your social media accounts or email newsletter, or leave a comment on Rebecca’s Instagram or Facebook feeds.
    🔥 Work with Rebecca as your 1:1 writing coach
    I have a few spots opening up for writers who want private 1:1 coaching. If you’re keen to work with me privately, schedule a free consult call for us to discuss your writing goals and how coaching together can help you reach them faster.
    Apply for private writer coaching: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach
    ✏️ Join the waitlist for group coaching 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. 
    Join the waitlist and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open, plus get access to an early bird bonus: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast184

    • 43 min
    WCP183 Going backwards

    WCP183 Going backwards

    When a freelancer says that they feel like they’re going backwards, often they’re hyperfocusing on a small piece of data instead of larger trends (e.g. a couple of weeks/pitches vs. quarters/years); or they’ve changed an important variable (e.g. pitching more competitive publications for the first time vs. pitching less competitive pubs they’ve already written for); or they’re on the verge of a major breakthrough.
    As journalists, we always look out for our biases in our reporting. As a freelancers, it’s also important to look at a bias toward negative self-talk that leads to spinning out and avoiding the very things that would help you achieve your goals faster.
    In a culture oriented toward constant growth, stability can be framed as regression.
    That might sound like “I feel like I’m going backwards” instead of “I have a reliable base income month after month” or “I’m making steady progress on my project.”
    Plateaus get a bad rap. This is another way of describing steady clients, regular income, and long-term editorial relationships. If you’re super plugged into hustle mode and running on nervous energy, that it can seem like something’s gone wrong to be at ease and appreciate what you’ve built for yourself.
    Complex growth isn’t linear. Growth and progression are more often cyclical, where you’re facing a similar struggle at a new level.
    🔗 Mentioned in this episode:
    WCP 168 Wordle wisdom
    Rebecca on Instagram @freelancewriterbootcamp
    WCP 1: What’s your problem?
    ⭐ The best way to support the Writing Coach Podcast is to leave a review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let other writers know why you listen.
    ❤️ Share the podcast with other writers via your social media accounts or email newsletter, or leave a comment on my Instagram or Facebook feeds.
    🔥 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
    🎧 Listen and subscribe to the Writing Coach Podcast in your favorite podcast app.
    ✏️ 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.
    Join the waitlist and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open, plus get access to an early bird bonus: 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/podcast183

    • 24 min
    WCP182 Archives, Vol. IV: Annoying pitches

    WCP182 Archives, Vol. IV: Annoying pitches

    Are your emails annoying your editor? Are you sending too many followups? Too many story ideas? Are all your messages getting on their nerves? If your pitches are half baked, poorly written, and an overall bad fit for the publication, it really doesn’t matter how many you send. You can’t send lousy pitches and expect assignments as a reward for not sending them more often.
    Assuming your pitches are developed with the editor’s needs in mind, let’s look at the real situation.
    🔗 Mentioned in this episode: 
    WCP1 What’s your problem?
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    ⭐ The best way to support the Writing Coach Podcast is to leave a review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let other writers know why you listen.
    🔥 Work with me 1:1
    I have a few spots opening up in June and July for writers who want private 1:1 coaching. If you’re keen to work with me privately, schedule a free consult call for us to discuss your writing goals and how coaching together can help you reach them faster.
    Apply for private writer coaching: www.rebeccalweber.com/coach
    ✏️ Join the waitlist for group coaching
    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. 
    Join the waitlist and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open, plus get access to an early bird bonus: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast182

    • 16 min
    WCP181 Curiouser and curiouser

    WCP181 Curiouser and curiouser

    Curiosity is a useful state of mind for freelance writers. Curiosity helps us identify great story ideas with unrecognized angles. Curiosity fuels our interest in improving our craft. Curiosity makes understanding the pitching process and other business of freelancing type processes fascinating. It opens up our imaginations to possibilities that we can’t find otherwise.
    How do you get curious? Listen in to today’s episode.
    🔗 Mentioned in this episode: 
    WCP 180 Learning mindset
    WCP 137 Asking better questions with Maggie Reyes
    WCP 160 Freelance writing goals: 5W1H goal setting
    WCP 1: What’s your problem?
    🎁 Download my free guide on how to pitch freelance article ideas, “5 Proven Steps to Writing Queries that Sell.”  
    www.rebeccalweber.com/howtopitch
    ⭐ The best way to support the Writing Coach Podcast is to leave a review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let other writers know why you listen.
    🔥 Work with me 1:1 in private writer coaching
    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
    ✏️ Join the group coaching waitlist 
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Alumni have used the proven Freelance Writer 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. 
    Join the waitlist and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open, plus get access to an early bird bonus: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast181

    • 23 min
    WCP180 Learning mindset

    WCP180 Learning mindset

    My first career in traditional education informed my work as a freelance journalist, and my work as a writer informs the coaching and teaching I do now online. This week I share a few of the mindset perspectives that have served me well through career shifts, and how building on prior career skills or subject matter makes us more robust as freelancers.
    🔥 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
    ✏️ Join the waitlist for group coaching
    Break into your dream publications and get paid well while covering stories that matter. Join the waitlist and you’ll be the first to hear when applications open, plus get access to an early bird bonus: 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
    ❤️ Share the podcast with other writers via your social media accounts or email newsletter, or leave a comment on my Instagram or Facebook feeds.
    📝 More info and complete show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast180

    • 31 min

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58 Ratings

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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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Freelance Writers Podcast

Rebecca Weber consistently pinpoints key elements of freelance writing to help freelancers resolve dilemmas related to their writing life. She’s obviously faced & resolved many in her own. The podcast is a repository of helpful advice.

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Highly recommended for all freelance writers!

Worth a listen if you are struggling with your writing career.

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