Quick Question???

I haven’t written a post on my blog for a few days now, as more and more work is coming forward for me. It is a great that this is happening but I do not want to neglect my blog, or my readers.

I am going to be more proactive with keeping on top of my blog posts from now on, but I wondered what people thought of my blog so far? I still don’t feel like it has a strong enough theme running through it, so I was wondering if people could give me some advice.

As you know I really enjoy my weekly challenges but I feel like there should be more, the freelance work I have been doing at the moment includes a lot of article writing. Do you think I should add some of this style writing to my blog or should I stick to the creative side, with my short stories and poetry?

There is no right or wrong answer to this I am just intrigued at what other people thought, especially those of you who have had a blog for a long time. If you have a chance please leave me a message and tell me what you think? I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks

Liz

Spreading My Little Writers Wings!

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!

Change Microsoft Word Default Settings!

If like me you do a lot of work on Microsoft Word, you will notice that every time you open a new document the default settings are as followed. Font Calibri (body), Font Size 11 with single spaced lines. If also, like me, this really frustrates you as you have to spend precious writing time altering the settings each and every time, whether it be before or afterwards, it can certainly get tiresome. But fear not my friends, I have found a way of changing these default settings on Microsoft word.

Some people may have already figured this out, but for the people whom haven’t, here is a little guide for you to follow. (For Microsoft 2013 only)

  • Open a new document in Microsoft Word and you shall see it is laid out in the usual default settings.

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  • In order to start to modify the default settings you will need to click on the advanced font options button (as demonstrated below)

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  • Within these settings you shall see options to change font name, size and colour. After you have chosen the settings you would like, you must click ‘Set as Default’.

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  • Once you have done this you can then do it with other options i.e. spacing

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  • Just modify and ‘Set As Default’

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You can modify in whichever way you want, I modified mine to the standard manuscript distribution format, Times new Roman – 12 – double spacing. But you could modify it to whatever you want, it is quick and easy to do. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. Enjoy!

By Liz Daniels