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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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    • 5.0, 46 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

    WCP94 Impact with Melissa Noel

    WCP94 Impact with Melissa Noel

    Melissa Noel is an award-winning, independent multimedia journalist, television host and media entrepreneur. She brings stories to international audiences with a lens on culture, travel, social issues and business. Melissa has covered stories out of the Caribbean region and throughout diaspora communities in the US and Canada for outlets such as One Caribbean Television, CBS News USVI, ABC News USVI, Huffpost.com, Caribbean Beat Magazine, and NBCNEWS.com.
    This is a jam-packed episode. Some of the topics we discuss are:
    • Impact (on readers, sources, policy) as a driving motivation to tell complex narratives
    • Journalism grants for international reporting
    • How using an unexpected lens makes a story feel as if it’s previously unreported
    • Pivoting in 2020 and adapting to coronavirus and Black Lives Matter in NYC
    • Addressing racism in the travel industry
    MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE
    Melissa Noel’s website: www.melissanoelreports.com
    Melissa on Instagram: live_from_melissa
    Melissa on Twitter: @NoelKnowsWell
    Love in a Barrel:
    “Jamaica’s ‘barrel children’ often come up empty with a parent abroad” on NBC News
    “Repairing broken bonds: How families rebuild ties after migration” on NBC News
    DID YOU ENJOY THIS EPISODE?
    Subscribe and write a review of the Writing Coach Podcast on Apple Podcasts.
    Click here for more info and full show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast94

    • 52 min
    WCP93 Listener Q&A, Vol. VI

    WCP93 Listener Q&A, Vol. VI

    After a corona-induced hiatus, Listener Q&A is back. Here are my answers to some of your recent questions:
    + Should white writers avoid covering stories so that BIPOC voices are heard?
    + Can I get a media card as a freelancer?
    + I think my source doesn’t like the profile I wrote about her, and I’m not sure what to do.

    DID YOU ENJOY THE SHOW?
    Support the Writing Coach Podcast by writing a review on Apple Podcasts.

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    WCP 92: Anti-racist reporting
    WCP68 Listener Q&A, Vol. V
    WCP58 Listener Q&A, Vol. IV
    WCP47 Listener Q&A, Vol. III
    WCP38 Listener Q&A, Vol. II
    WCP28 Listener Q&A, Vol. I
    WCP1 What’s your problem?
    U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

    More info and full show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast93

    • 15 min
    WCP92 Anti-racist reporting

    WCP92 Anti-racist reporting

    Black lives matter, today and every day. This is not always reflected in the media.
    Today we look at how an anti-racist approach to reporting helps us get closer to the real truth of what is happening in the stories you cover. An anti-racist approach works both in stories that explicitly cover racism, as well as so-called softer stories where you may not have initially identified a racial angle. This process will require you to confront biases in society as well as within yourself.
    In No Name in the Street, James Baldwin wrote, “Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected—those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most!—and listens to their testimony.”
    Listening is the foundation of good reporting, and anti-racist journalism that challenges the status quo.
    Get quiet enough in your own head to listen to your own responses to what’s happening. Ask yourself how you’ve chosen the people you’re interviewing (see Baldwin above if you don’t like your answers). Listen closely to what the people you’re talking to have to say.

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Ramaphosa calls 11 lockdown deaths and 230,000 arrests an act of ‘over-enthusiasm’

    ‘Unarmed Black Man’ doesn’t mean what you think it means

    Erin Brown on Instagram @ecce_b

    Apply to work with me: rebeccalweber.com/coach
    More info and full show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast92

    • 22 min
    WCP91 Redirect

    WCP91 Redirect

    The way we think about certain events happens so quickly that it can seem like it’s the only way to respond. Some of our inner dialogue is so routine, or so convincing, that it feels inevitable—at least at first.
    Today I’m sharing with you a coaching client who noticed that a thread of thought was distracting her from what she really wanted to focus on. You’ll hear how you can redirect in the moment, and a powerful practice to intentionally direct your mind before you get caught up in a web of compelling distraction.
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Do you have a question you’d like answered on the next edition of Listener Q&A? Send me an email.
    WCP68 Listener Q&A, Vol. V
    WCP58 Listener Q&A, Vol. IV
    WCP47 Listener Q&A, Vol. III
    WCP38 Listener Q&A, Vol. II
    WCP28 Listener Q&A, Vol. I
    Resources for freelance writers during the coronavirus
    Apply to my small group coaching program: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    More info and full show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast91

    • 16 min
    WCP90 Overpitching

    WCP90 Overpitching

    This is a followup to last week’s episode. Instead of coming up with a sophisticated justification for resisting pitching, this week we’re looking at two types of overpitching.
    Overpitching type 1 is when you are full on pitching. Pitching the socks off of every single story. You become a pitching warrior. If your goal is one assignment, you pitch so hard and so often and so quickly that you likely wind up with several. Many freelancers are in denial that this is what they need to do to reach their goals.
    Overpitching type 2 is when you are quite good at pitching, but you’re sending out too many pitches, and getting work you don’t actually want or need. This is a different kind of resistance—where you don’t accept that the goals you’ve set and achieved are enough.
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Apply to my small group coaching program: www.FreelanceWriterBootcamp.com
    Free guide on how to pitch
    WCP89 Annoying pitches
    WCP84 Excitement!!
    WCP48 100 reasons why you shouldn’t pitch today
    WCP13 Setting freelance boundaries and company policies
    WCP1 What’s your problem?
    More info and full show notes: www.rebeccalweber.com/podcast90

    • 20 min
    WCP Bonus Masterclass Wednesday

    WCP Bonus Masterclass Wednesday

    How would your writing life be different if you felt more confident?
    You’re invited to join me for a free, live masterclass on Wednesday, March 20, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. BST.
    Click here to register: www.rebeccalweber.com/masterclass
    In this class we'll look at how you can increase your confidence NOW, without relying on external factors.
    What would you do if you felt more confident right now? Maybe you would …
    Make powerful freelance decisions quickly and see them through. Be willing to take risks with your words--and reap the benefits of improved skills. Seek clients who value what you offer, and negotiate for better rates. Join us live to ask your questions during our Q&A.
    Click here to register: www.rebeccalweber.com/masterclass

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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46 Ratings

Rojas Ávila ,

Awesome and Helpful

I love these podcasts…they have been immensely helpful to me so far as I think about how to improve my content and pitches :) Highly recommended!

Lappleg ,

A unique approach

Rebecca provides wonderful tools and strategies to enhance freelance businesses. But what I appreciate most is her unique ability to also address the underlying struggles of being creative and earning money, all on our own. She can relate to our struggles, but also gently pushes us to shift our thinking so we don’t get in our own way. Her expertise both as a writer and coach have been such a gift.

Sarah Jividen ,

Loving this podcast and Rebecca’s FW Bootcamp is so helpful

I signed up for Rebeccas Bootcamp before I started listening to the podcasts. Now I’m three weeks into her bootcamp and have listened to almost every episode. It’s a great supplement to all the pitching I’m doing and I am feeling more confident every day. Her mindset episodes have been especially helpful. Rebecca is the real deal!

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