May 13, 2012
The freelance writing part of my business has picked up in the last couple of days. I am back at Textbroker doing ghostwriting, which is why I can’t share the details with you, but I’m making pretty good money and greatly enjoying the assignments.
In my books, I’ve written a lot each time I write, but I’m only doing so occasionally. I’ve been working on Freelance Writing Guide the most since the end of April, and I can see the end in sight! I’ve written 17,800 words. My pace has slowed down greatly, but I’m still putting words to paper here and there, so it’s nearing completion. I don’t know how many total words or pages it will be, but I’ve completed 18 out of 30 chapters, so I’m 3/5 finished.
As far as Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, I’ve written 28,000 words, but I’m only 1/5 to completion (as far as the number of journals I have to type and edit. These are approximates, of course. If considering how my progress is going now, I see Freelance Writing Guide being published by the end of this year and Chronicles of a Troubled Girl in 2013. But I’m still aiming for my goal to have them both published in 2012. Who knows? Maybe the writing will pick up. It depends on my muse and motivation.
You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I haven’t been reading and reviewing as much either. Instead, I’ve been social networking and working on my health. You can read more about it on my health blog. The link is also on the right side of the page, if you want to access it in the future.
Have a great day, all! Keep writing and working towards your goals!
February 24, 2012
I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on the books I’m writing. I am 1/3 finished with the freelance writers book and I am 1/7 finished with the journal entries book. The second book will probably be at least twice as long as the first book. I’ve written further in it and I started it later in the year. I find it easier to write more when I’m typing and editing than when I’m writing from scratch. However, I feel prouder about the first book, because it is more challenging for me and more universally acceptable.
Even more exciting is that I have improved my working titles. I have recently come up with: New to Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year and Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I’m not ecstatic about the titles, but they are sufficient, at least for now. I definitely felt troubled growing up. I was always at odds with my parents, feeling like an adult and not wanting to listen to what they told me. I was rebellious and unique. I had negative mental health experiences and overly controlling parents, plus there was drug addiction and alcoholism in my immediate family. Throughout it all, I was trying to develop my identity and be happy.
As far as freelance writing, I have learned a lot about the field while working nearly full-time the entire year, and I am coming up on one successful year in April. I have experienced so much that I feel compelled to share what I know, while believing that it will help people have a realistic and hopeful outlook of being, or becoming, a freelance writer.
I should be finished with the two books by the end of this year. In fact, at the rate I’m going I will probably be done much sooner, and that’s exciting!
January 17, 2012
Allen, Moira. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer. 2nd ed. New York: Allworth Press, 2011. 317 pages. $24.95.
I am a freelance writer and I’m in the first year of my career. I have been published online many times and I feel I have learned a lot about freelance writing. However, I recently felt like I was “missing” something in my endeavors, so I picked up Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen to learn more about the business of freelance writing and publishing.
My first glance at the table of contents told me it was a book with a lot of information. And that’s just what I needed – a book that covered all the bases.
The sequence of the book is logical, similar to a story, and it has short chapters, which makes the nine parts easy to read. Part one begins with a discussion about what it’s like to be a freelance writer, including how to make time for writing and how to set goals. Part two explains how to write a publishable article, and includes advice on narrowing a topic, making an outline, performing research, conducting interviews, as well as essential tips on how to complete any writing assignment, whether it be an article or a novel. The remaining parts detail various aspects of getting published and the business of writing.
Allen’s advice comes from many years of experience as a writer and an editor; she shares her well-rounded expertise (from having been on both sides of the desk) with the reader. Her writer’s voice resembles that of an experienced colleague who gladly shares her knowledge with the reader in an encouraging, informative, and helpful way. As the author, she is believable, because you can feel the wisdom in her words.
As far as wanting to learn all the ins and outs of freelance writing, well, I did, and I had no questions remaining after I finished the book.
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer is going to have a place in my home library, and I’m sure I’ll use it as a guide again and again throughout my career.