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Supporting Writers During the Quarantine

Hello writer bugs!

It’s been another long week here in New York. Everyday, there’s bad news. I’m doing my best to keep my head above water. Last week, I shared my bucket list, in hopes of lifting some spirits. And it worked. Your comments really touched me.

It feels a little wrong to continue with my usual content. This blog may be small, but it’s still a platform. And if I can help other writers get through lockdown and stay positive, I’m gonna try my best.

In an effort to support writers during these difficult times, I am opening the floor to you guys. What do you want to see on this blog? More short stories? More lighthearted humor? Tips on blogging, freelancing or creative writing?

Trust me, there are no bad ideas. I just feel like doing my part as a writer.

Speaking of support writers, I have also been considering a Ko-Fi account, to be a tip jar for you guys. What do you think of that idea? If any of you have experience with Ko-Fi, tell me all about it in the comments.

Writers need to support other writers. We’re all in this together. So, reach out to your fellow writers on social media. Share your stories. In all this madness, let’s keep the creativity flowing.

Looking forward to hearing from you writer bees.

Stay safe out there.

Love, Lady Jabberwocky

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Things to Do Before ____: The Bucket List Tag

Hello writer bees.

It’s been a long week. And if I’m honest, I’ve feeling a little drained. It seems like everyone is struggling during this pandemic, both emotionally and health wise. Really reminds you how short life is, huh?

One of my goals for 2020 is to be more positive. I’m not a motivational speaker. I’m just a writer trying to keep her head above water. And the last time I was about to fall down the rabbit hole of deep depression, I started writing a list of things I hope to do in my life. It’s a note on my phone, titled ‘things to do before ____’. Before what? Before I turned 30? Before I die? It never felt right for me to fill in the blank, not sure why. Regardless, this ever growing list keeps my spirit up when I need it.

Then I stumbled on the Bucket List tag, where you write 10 things you want to do in your life. And now, here we are. This is my bucket list.

  • Write and publish a novel.
  • Get a bunch of tiny tattoos.
  • Go to Disney World and possibly Disneybound.
  • See a Ballet.
  • Mentor young writers.
  • Adopt a rescue dog or cat.
  • Travel to Baltimore.
  • Learn to cook healthy.
  • Visit a NYC Speakeasy.
  • Find a Blog Sponsor for Lady Jabberwocky. (wink wink)

Probably no one will be interested in this post, and that’s fine. But maybe, someone out there will start their own list and feel a little uplifted. I think we all need a pick me up right about now.

Share your bucket list on your own blog/social media or leave it in the comments here.

Stay well and stay safe, everyone.

– Lady Jabberwocky

The Top 5 Tips for Working at Home

Hello writer bees!

While it seems the entire world on lockdown, many folks have are now working from home. As a freelance writer, I was already remote working before it became the norm. Whether you are under quarantine or just don’t feel like trudging to the office, check out these helpful tips for working at home.

Create a Routine

Establish a schedule and work hours, like you would at your regular job. Some people just pretend they are in the office; That’s definitely one trick you can try. At the start of your day, plan out what needs to be done and what deadlines need to be met. Take off your pjs and bunny slippers and actually get dressed for success. It will ease you out of that “lazy day” headspace. And be sure to factor in break time too. Try to repeat the same routine each day and make working from home a habit.

Overcommunicate With Co-Workers

Communication is key in any field. With remote working, you and your co-workers should always be on the same page. There are plenty of chat room and virtual meeting applications to choose from, think about using one of them to connect with your team. No matter if it’s by email, phone call or video call, keep in touch with fellow employees frequently, even if it’s just a simple status update on a project.

Find a Work Space

Whether it’s at your desk, your kitchen table or your cozy bed, designate a productive, comfortable place to work in. Have everything you need within arms reach, like a computer or a notepad or a colorful assortment of pens. Is home a bit too noisy for you? Consider heading over to a local café or public library to do some work. Find the spot that works for you.

Avoid Distraction

I understand this is a tall order. Between social media and life responsibilities, it’s difficult to avoid distractions. Try to maintain focus as much as you can. Steer clear of the kitchen to avoid grazing on snacks throughout the day. Maybe invest in noise cancelling headphones or a ‘do not disturb’ sign. If possible, ask loved ones in your life to respect your work mode and give you some well deserved peace and quiet.

Take Care of Yourself

Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Have a break when needed. Walk around and strech your legs. Decompress when you are feeling stressed. If you’re feeling under the weather, don’t feel guilty about taking a sick day. Your physical and mental wellness is important, especially in times like this.


How are you all holding up during this pandemic? What’s working at home look like to you? Talk to me in the comments.

Stay safe out there, writer bees.

– Lady Jabberwocky

How to Find Your First Freelancing Gig

Hello writer bees!

When I posted about the pros and cons of freelance writing, a lot of writers reached out to me, asking for advice on where to start. Well, this post is for you up-and-coming freelancers. How does one start out as a freelancer? Where are all the gigs?

Today, we’ll talk about the secrets behind finding that first freelance job and what you need to succeed in the freelancing world.

Before The Search

Before you begin your freelancing quest, compile writing samples. You can write a mock article about a topic you are passionate about. Or you can start a blog and post regularly. OR you can use those old essays from school (wink wink). Any written example that showcases your unique tone, voice and perspective.

Take it from me, starting out was tough. It took some time until I found any writing job. You’d think a Bachelor’s Degree in English would be enough. Nope. Part of the reason I created the Lady Jabberwocky blog was to build up a writing portfolio. And it did lead me to my first couple freelance jobs.

Check out Job Boards

Look, I found my first freelance gig on Indeed. And at the time, I wasn’t even specifically looking for a freelance job. I was (desperately) looking for any writer opportunity. So check out general job sites and search key words like “writing” “blogging” or “remote” and see what you find.

However, there are job boards dedicated to freelancing. Sites like All Freelance Writing and BloggingPro share both freelance and contract jobs for writers of all skill levels. Now, I haven’t personally tried these websites, but I’ve heard of other writers using them. Just be weary of those “make cash fast writing” schemes and research companies beforehand.

The Freelance Factories

Try Fiverr or Upwork. I’ve heard mixed reviews of these sites from other freelancers. While these websites help freelancers connect to customers and opportunities, these companies do take a cut of all earnings. Keep that in mind.

I was on Fiverr for a few months. It was a platform where I offered my services and set my own rates. Did I find freelance work? Yes. Did I find recurring clients? Yes. Were my earnings equivalent to the work? I don’t think so.

Pitch Perfectly

Sometimes, you have to be brave, pitch your talents and see what happens. Pitching is all about selling yourself to potential buyers. There’s no harm in shooting your ideas out there. What’s the worse that can happen?

Is there a publication you are interest in being a part of? Check if they have a submissions page detailing their pay rates and what kind of articles they ae looking for. Consider sending them an email with your pitch idea and writing samples attached. And don’t be discouraged if you get rejected or no response. Keep at it and a door will open eventually.


For all the freelancers out there, how did you find your first gig? What kind of job was it? And what advice would you give to beginner freelancers? Share your experience in the comments.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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How to Pitch Articles Like a Pro

Hello writer bees!

With the start of a new year, it’s time to take charge of your freelancing endeavors. How can you achieve the perfect pitch? And no, I don’t mean musically. A pitch, by definition means “words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something.” Sometimes, freelancers must sell their ideas for articles to potential buyers. It’s all about that hustle.

So, let’s talk about creating an eye catching pitch. This could be for a publication you regularly write for, or, if you are gutsy, a website that you’ve never interacted with before.

Research Beforehand

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So important. Know what this potential buyer is looking for. Get a feel for their tone and their content. What kind of topics do they post about? Is the tone formal or informal? Do they include pictures and jokes? Understand their readership as well. Who is their target audience? What message do they wish to present to the world.

Here’s a pro tip; Make sure you read articles from the publication. And yes, I mean it. Actually read, don’t fib about being a “big fan” of their site. Come on, we’ve all done that.

Also, make sure you go over their submission guidelines. Just about every online publication has a guidelines page, some even show their pay per article upfront. And some editors have specific rules that they want followed, like a certain style or word count. Try to make the editor’s job easier and cover all the bases.

Know What Every Great Pitch Needs

Next, let’s break down all the essentials needed for one amazing pitch. Here’s the recipe for greatness.

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  1. What type of material?: Article? Listicle? Essay? Interview? Editors like to know the format you, as the writer, is aiming for.
  2. Potential Title: Don’t just say the topic is about “tacos”. Instead, try possible, attention grabbing headlines like “Crunchy vs Soft Shells; Which are Superior?” or “Veggie Add-ins for Taco Night.” Be aware, titles sometimes change during the editing process, don’t sweat too much!
  3. Impact: Talk about why readers would be interested in what you have to say. Give them a compelling reason why your piece fits their publication. If you know specific viewership numbers, provide a guesstimate of how many readers might read your article.
  4. Stance: If it’s an argumentative piece, discuss your perspective on the subject. Be careful of being too controversial. Always stay fact based in your opinion and cite sources when needed.

Short and Sweet

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Imagine you’re in an elevator and only have a couple sentences to convey your idea. Because a great pitch only needs a few sentences to hook someone’s attention. Keep your pitch brief. Be clear and be focused. At the end of a day, a proper pitch should only be a couple hundred words, (~200-300 words).

And consider including your portfolio or publication history and a brief introduction of yourself. Don’t go overboard, we’re keeping things short, remember? But still, try to sell yourself and your talents quickly yet effectively.


Fortune favors the brave, so be brave when pitching article ideas. Best of luck with your pitches, writer bees!

To all the freelancers out there, how do you hustle in your work? What’s your advice on sending the perfect pitch?

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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My Writer Goals for 2020

Happy new year, writer bees!

Hope you all had a fantastic holiday. In the spirit of the new year, I’m sharing my hopes for 2020. Cross your fingers and toes for me, I’m feeling hopeful and ambitious this year. Or it could just be the wine talking. Nevertheless, onto this writer’s New Year’s resolutions.

Write More Often

Sometimes, my writing progress is sporadic. I would like to write more consistently. Like to set aside some time to write, as often as I can. To have a real writing routine and to stick to it. Or maybe even commit to a weekly word count goal. No matter what, I want to push past writer’s block and get motivated again.

P.s. – That also means producing engaging content on this blog as well as posting regularly on Twitter.

Read More

You ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? Well I’ve always thought “you write what you read”. I tell aspiring writers to read everything. And frankly, I haven’t been reading much of anything lately. I’d like to read more. Lots of books on my shelf need attention. So I’ll try fitting reading time into that writing schedule I talked about before.

Finally Finish my Novel

This goes along with the whole ‘writing more’ goal. If the stars align, I’d want to complete my first novel this year. That would mean being finished writing and editing the entire story of my WIP. A complete manuscript by the end of the year would be amazing. It’ll be a lot of work, but it’s my dream to publish a novel someday, so it’ll all be worth it.

Eat Healthier

At the end of the day, a writer needs to take care of themselves. This might be the year of looking after my physical wellness. I want to cook more and eat better. Healthier snacks, more veggies etc. At this point, I’m basically considering becoming a part time vegan. Don’t tell my meat lover boyfriend. If you have suggestions for food blog/recipes, let me know in the comments.

Be More Positive

Just like my physical wellness is important, so is my emotional wellness. Staying positive and patience is difficult. I’m doing my best, even though some days are hard on my heart. I hope to savor the happy moments and to celebrate every small victory and to not be so critical of myself. Yeah, It’s a tall order, but I’m working on it and that’s all I can do, right?


What are your goals for 2020? What do you hope to accomplish in the new year? Talk to me in the comments! I love to hear from you writer bees.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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My Most Memorable Blog Moments of 2019

Happy holidays, my dear writer bees!

To wrap up the year, I’m looking back at my favorite posts of 2019. Before I do, I just want to say thank you to all the readers that follow my humble little blog. Your support keeps me going.

To the Teacher Who Changed my Life

This was a thank you letter that was a long time coming. I had this wonderful teacher who really encouraged me to pursue writing. Now, I’m so grateful for her kindness. Not sure where I’d be without it.

Fictional Works

You know, not to toot my mediocre horn, but I really liked the short stories I wrote this year. Flash fiction pieces like Proud Colors and Cinnamon Witch are true standouts. I challenged myself by experimenting with new styles and subjects. And because of that, I’ve become a better writer.

Then there’s Color Me Surprised , another short story I’m quite fond of. This piece was a one off and featured characters from my WIP. Actually, combining mystery and comedy was fun to write.

May of Mystery

For an entire month of May, all my posts were mystery themed. Each post was a spotlight on the genre. Everything from dropping clues to creating an inspector character. A particular favorite was when I analyzed Knox’s rules for writing detective fiction. I’m looking forward to May 2020.

What else happened this year? Well I….

  • Celebrated 200 followers.
  • Participated in NaNoWriMo.
  • Started the Notes of a Lady Freelance Writer series.
  • Posted a services page.
  • Finally joined Twitter.
  • Published fun Writing Prompts every Monday.

And that was my year in review for Lady Jabberwocky. What were some of your favorite moments in 2019? And what are you hoping for for the upcoming new year? Talk to me in the comments, writer bugs.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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