Robyn Petrik

I'm a freelance writer specializing in website content, blog posts, and social media updates. Available for hire. Let's build your business with vibrant writing! 

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Write More with the Perfect Writing Software for You

For a writer, finding the perfect writing environment can have a major effect on our productivity. We made a big fuss over finding the right desk, chair, coffee shop, beverages, snacks, and more. Fair enough though, because for me, the right setting can be the difference between 500 and 3000 words in a day. But how about your virtual writing environment - have you given much thought to what writing software or online tools you’re using? You may prefer something with a modern design and limited
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How to Bounce Back from Rejection Letters

A quick but polite “No thanks,” from a magazine editor. A short and rude “No way,” from a popular blog. Crickets on your short story submission. Rejections will stack up quickly during your writing career. While rejection letters may feel like the equivalent of Bobby sticking a ‘Kick me!’ sign on your back in grade school, they’re a non-negotiable part of being a writer. Even if you’re tempted to never pick up a pen again after your latest rejection letter, there’s still a place for your work o
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4 Habits to Make More Money as a Writer

When looking to earn more money and find new writing projects, the first thought that comes to mind for many writers is sending out more pitches and scrolling through job boards. And while that can be an essential part of growing a career in freelance writing, it’s not exactly my favourite part of the job. Fortunately, cold emails and job boards aren’t the only ways to find new gigs and build your client base. I’ve put together a quick list of simple habits you can use to increase your income -
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5 Creative Places for You to Write From

While we know that working from home is basically living the dream, it’s not long before I start to go a little mad with cabin fever. Sitting inside and staring at the same four walls all day, every day without any human interaction doesn’t bode well for anyone’s mental health or creative output. So when you start feeling a bit twitchy from working at home for too long, it’s time to get out of the house and write somewhere new. Of course, you could just head over to your closest coffee shop, bu
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How to Get More Views on Your Portfolio

I was thinking about it the other night and a similar question could be asked about our online writing portfolios. “If your portfolio doesn’t get any views, does it move your writing career forward?” There’s a classic philosophical saying out there: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” The good news is that it’s pretty easy to have a well-designed and organized writing portfolio using Journo Portfolio. Now, the next step is getting more traffic t
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Get Free High-Quality Images for Your Portfolio

When it comes building a beautiful online portfolio, your writing only tells part of the story at a glance. If you want a portfolio that will quickly catch the attention of potential clients and employers, you’ve got to add professional images to make your portfolio ‘POP!’ But pretty please, don’t go running to Google and download the first good-looking image you see. We don’t want you getting into any legal trouble by accidentally using someone else’s image without permission and violating any
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How to Be a Healthy Writer

Working as a writer has a few advantages I would never want to give up. I get to choose my hours, work wherever I like, and partner up with interesting clients. Not to mention the fact I get to wear sweatpants almost every day! But on the flip side, being a writer has some big downsides too, most notably when it comes to my health. Nearly all day long, I’m sitting down and simply staring at a screen. As you spend more time on your writing career, you’ll start to notice these downsides becoming
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How to Trick Your Brain Into Writing

If there’s one thing almost all writers have in common, it’s being masters of procrastination. Set a blank screen in front of us, and we dread it so much that we can find any number of other things to do, like fall down the rabbit hole of social media, watch endless YouTube videos, or even get a few loads of laundry done. But one other thing writers have in common is realizing that once we finally start writing, it’s actually not that bad! We just need to get started and build up some momentum.
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5 Writing Goals You Can Set This Year

There’s nothing like a new year and the idea of a clean slate to renew the motivation in your writing career. Take advantage of the resolution-setting mindset and set yourself some new writing goals for the year ahead. Not sure what goals to set? We’ve got a few suggestions for you! For many writers, a daily goal is the backbone of a consistent writing habit. Try setting an achievable goal, such as 1000 words or three pages every day. If you can hit this goal consistently, after a few weeks it
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Best Free Online Tools for Editing Your Writing

When you’re working on a new article, writing the first draft is only half the battle. The editing process is what makes your work start to shine. Yet no matter how good your first draft is, editing can feel like a chore. To make things easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best free online tools for editing your writing. With a basic interface, After the Deadline is easy to use. Simply copy and paste your article or blog post to get started. After the Deadline underlines spelling errors, gramma
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Staying Productive During Slow Periods

Traditionally, the workload for writers starts to slow down during summer months and the Christmas season every year. As we approach this next slow period, you might already be seeing clients reducing their budgets and editors getting ready for vacation. However, you don’t have to stand by twiddling your thumbs and waiting for things to pick up again. We’ve got a few suggestions to keep you productive during the quiet periods. There’s a common theme with your previous clients: they’re already a
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Which Articles Should I put in my Portfolio?

Whether you’re about to put together an online writing portfolio for the first time or have had one for years, you’ve probably asked yourself this question a couple of times. Since an online portfolio is one of the best ways to land new writing gigs and clients, your portfolio should show off your best writing. Let’s take a look at which articles you should include in your portfolio. One of the most obvious places to start is with your recent work. Make sure you’re adding your newest articles
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How to Improve Your Writing

As a journalist, blogger, or content creator, you should always be looking to improve your writing skills. After all, it’s a natural instinct to want to get better at something. Plus, you can find better writing opportunities and even increase your rates as you improve your writing skills. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can improve your writing. Taking a writing course allows you to focus on a specific area you want to increase your writing skills, like long-form journalism, memoirs, or bl
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Explore Your Parks: Redwood Park

When pictures of Redwood Park’s famous fairy houses showed up on my Instagram feed, I knew I had to visit it for the Explore Your Parks series. I quickly learned that this park, located near Highway 15 and 16th Avenue in Surrey, also has quite a bit of history behind it. Redwood Park was originally property that belonged to one of Surrey’s early pioneers, David Brown. He gifted the property in 1893 to his sons, David and Peter, for their 21st birthday.
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Explore Your Parks: Rocky Point Park

With so much going on in the Lower Mainland, it can be easy to overlook the abundance of parks we have. So we’re kicking off a new series called Explore Your Parks, where I head out to a new park every month and let you know what it has to offer. First up, I visited Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Located at the east end of the Burrard Inlet, this park pretty much has it all. One of the first highlights is the recreational pier to stroll down which gives you lovely views of the inlet. If you sp
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These healthy Super Bowl snacks will keep your diet on track

If you’re one of many still committed to your New Year’s resolutions, here are some healthy Super Bowl snacks to help curve that temptation when the Big Game starts. Whether you’re cheering for the Broncos or the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, there’s one thing we can all easily agree on: you’ve got to have good food for snacking on all day long. Traditional food for the Super Bowl comes at pretty high cost though: absurd amounts of calories and fat in everything. Between just the wings and the di
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Sinful Super Bowl Snacks To Try This Year

We’re all trying to eat a little better. But live a little and indulge in these sinful Super Bowl snacks this coming Sunday. Even if your team isn’t playing, Super Bowl Sunday is always the best Sunday of the year. It’s the perfect day to hang out with your friends, yell at the refs, and place a ridiculous amount of prop bets. More importantly, it’s one of the best days of the year to stuff your face full of food. We came up with a list of healthy Super Bowl snacks, for those who want to stick
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