My new freelance writing career

Well it is now 15 January 2014 and I am fifteen days into my new freelance writing career, I have wanted to do this for many years now but did not have the confidence to and now I am sat here absolutely gobsmacked at the response I have received. I only mean my decision in late December that I was going to create a profile on a few freelance writers websites to advertise my services, then on New Year’s Eve I decided it was time to go live with my blog and to move forward in actually trying to find people and companies which would hire me for my writing skills.

Since then, I have completed four deadlines and I have even landed myself regular work with one. I do not know how long my good luck will last, but at this present moment I am happy with what I have achieved. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long career for me and look forward to meeting other writers starting out and see where their journeys are taking them.

I have also really enjoyed creating this blog, considering I have never really been a blog person (whatever that means) before, now it has really become a bit addictive. I am trying to post every day something new for people to read, so if you have any suggestions please do not hesitate to let me know.

I look forward to hearing from everyone.

Thanks for reading

(From a very happy writer)

The Joys of starting your writing journey!

ImageBeing at the start of your writing career can be the most exciting time of your life, it can equally be the most terrifying. People may have been experimenting with writing as a hobby for years but when it comes to that moment where you send your first piece writing off, whether it be an article, a blog, a short story or a poem, it is the most stomach churning time you could ever have.

The evil voices lurking in your subconscious saying ‘they won’t like it’ ‘you are only fooling yourself here’ or ‘why would anyone choose you?’ But the problem with this kind of self-doubt is surely if you did not act on the opportunities which come your way, then how can your work ever be noticed?

“If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right do I have to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You’re a human being, with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle.”

-Richard Rhodes

Start of by doing competitions, whether it’s poetry, short stories or flash fiction just go for it. There are hundreds and thousands of magazines, websites, societies which are always offering competitions for writers and poets. Getting your work out there is the most important thing. After all, what is the use of it filling up space at home when it could be entertaining the masses.

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book. Give it, give it all, give it now.”

-Annie Dillard

When it comes to sending your work off professionally that is when it hits you, but you need to remember, every single writer from history to present has been through what you are going through right now. If anything, you should feel a sense of honour that you are now part of the elite writer’s circuit. You are not alone in your doubts. If you get negative feedback learn from it. Use the criticism to improve. After all, first drafts are called that for a reason. Ernest Hemingway could not have put it better.

 “The first draft of anything is shit.”

― Ernest Hemingway

Just remember although you sometimes feel completely alone in your thinking, family members and friends do not quite getting your passion, it is ok. Writers that dream to write and work at their crafts are the best writers they can be. So chin up, get your pens ready and let the writing commence people!

“This is our life and it’s not going to last forever. There isn’t time to talk about someday writing that short story or poem or novel. Slow down now, touch what is around you, and out of care and compassion for each moment and detail, put pen to paper and begin to write.”

-Natalie Goldberg

A Great Start!

Well I am extremely happy today, I have managed to get my first PAID writing gig. I am a long way off from where I want to be but I think considering it is only 3rd January, I don’t think I have done too badly! Who else is just starting on their long journey to be a freelance writer? Let me know how your getting on please.

Thanks for reading!

Liz