My hands trembled over the keyboard when I started to write my first entertainment article. Despite my wealth of experience, I was nervous. Entertainment writing is a different animal, I thought. It wasn’t until I fully lost myself in the craft that I came to this comforting realization – writing is writing and good entertainment writing is still writing.
Sharing success with others by extending encouragement and concrete opportunities to newcomers and seasoned writers alike is one of the most personally and professionally rewarding things a freelancer will ever do. By helping others to succeed, a writer’s own sense of purpose and place within the larger writing community is strengthened. It’s a terrific win-win. […]
Getting extra mileage from an interview by writing multiple articles on the same subject, each with a different slant, not only nets bylines and paychecks, but also helps freelancers develop a more intuitive, multi-dimensional approach to interviewing. This may sound like a no-brainer. But, sometimes a writer gets so caught up in pursuing exciting new topics it becomes incredibly easy to overlook the many additional stories that a past interview might provide.
My name is Nicole and I am a writer who is a bit confused about how to get my stories out there so people can buy them. Basically, what I’m saying is how would I make money off of the stories that I write? Some people advise me to go to writing websites to get an audience. It’s a bit confusing. Could you help me please? I really hope to hear back!
We are living in the age of the Internet and writers can now work wherever they want to work, writing for a magazine in California while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate in Vienna. However, having access to a laptop and an Internet connection is not always enough and, sometimes, even talent is inadequate. What if you really were in Vienna with that hot chocolate in your hand, but you could not write a single English word? Exactly, you wouldn’t write for a publication in California. Or would you?
I hurled the newspaper aside, appalled by the writer’s shoddy treatment of her subject, humiliated by her failure to proofread and, even more, profoundly disappointed. I’d trusted this fellow word-slinger, and she let me down…
The first article I ever submitted was accepted, published, and paid for – about $300, if I recall. And, I was hooked.
I dropped out of school, went back several times, and after a series of jobs and “careers,” which resulted in an extensive collection of hairnets and nametags, I finally got serious about being a writer, and figured out the first obstacle to working at home full time: money.
When my father’s dementia started to decline, I cut back on work to look after him. Facing the constant barrage of demands of looking after someone with dementia, my soul was craving more. I needed an outlet to stimulate my mind and something outside of caring. Not only did I want something to distract me from looking after Dad, but also something I could profit from financially.
To dislike making the shift from the vocation of your choice to bookkeeping is a common characteristic of any self-employed individual. Here is a minimal plan for keeping financial records with which your accountant can work.