When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.”
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”
—Joyce Carol Oates
Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.”
“The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader. The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again.”
Well I think I am getting on my way to becoming the freelance writer I wanted to be, after a lot of research on what I would need to get myself well-established I think I have achieved most of them. The first thing I was advised to do was look into getting a blog going… And well, I don’t have too point out the obvious, as you know, this is my blog!
The next step on my journey was to find myself some work, so I bit the bullet, faced my fears of rejection and created myself a work profile on both Peopleperhour and Elance. Although this was scary, I am pleased to announce they have paid off. The work is a steady stream and the feedback I’m getting is very pleasing.
Once this began, I then looked and little bit deeper into what else I could be doing in order to get myself more established, everything you read pointed to one thing… Social media! Everything revolves around the Internet now, if you want to know about someone, what’s the first thing you do? You Google them! This is not just what people do when they are bored at home, companies and perspective job opportunities actually use these methods of finding out more about people they may want to employ. Especially if you are a freelance writer, you need a good social media existence. So I created a Facebook page, twitter and LinkedIn account, as well as setting up my own website.
I can really see myself coming together now through my fears of failure by putting my stamp out there and showing people what I can achieve, I don’t feel this is being too eager or that I am getting ahead of myself (which I was terrified of feeling). I just think it symbolises me, as a writer, making myself known to people.
So my blogging friends, I would appreciate your feedback on what I have achieved. I invite you to take a look at the link’s above and let me know what you think of them, how they could be improved… Or any feedback in general really. Good or bad!
If I was a sailor,
Would you come with me?
In my little boat of dreams,
For everyone to see.
Would you hide your vision?
The creativity you show me,
Would you throw them overboard?
To be lost forever at sea.
For if nobody sees your dreams,
Nobody can laugh, mock and tease,
If nobody sees the real you,
Nobody can be mean.
Please come with me on my little boat of dreams,
And lift your spirits high,
To let the real ‘you’ spread its wings,
and saw above the sky.
By Liz Daniels
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)