After 30 years in an administrative, management and corporate career, I knew I’d had enough. The daily trials and tribulations, while challenging and often rewarding, became a monotonous series of sameness. But, I still needed a job! The pull of a writing career drew me. I’d always written, ever since I’d first held a crayon, but the transition from hobby writing to professional freelance writing was daunting. Was I good enough? I dabbled a little, creating e-books and putting them up for sale on Amazon. I’ll never forget the exhilaration of the first sale, followed closely by a five-star review.
A sudden change in personal circumstances forced a decision. At the time, living in Brisbane, Australia, and employed in a prestigious corporate role, I did what any other sane person would do when faced with a personal crisis. I gained my TESOL certificate, and traveled to a village in China to teach English, despite knowing nothing of the country or anything of the Cantonese or Mandarin languages.
On returning to my home town of Christchurch, New Zealand, I faced a dilemma. I did not want to return to an office role. A short-lived office position ended abruptly. I moped. One day, I opened an email that I was sure was spam. I had been approached, through a writing platform I had enrolled with months before (and since forgotten), to write biographies and resumes for a US company. It was legitimate and, a few days later, I began my freelancing career.
Six months later, and I am proud to say I’m a Full-time Freelance Writer. With clients in the US and UK, I write resumes and bios, and have ghostwritten romance and contemporary novels, web articles, business papers, and e-books.
I love my new career and I’m making a very livable income!
Cherie Mitchell is a writer with a life-long love of words. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the most picturesque countries in the world, Cherie creates e-books, executive resumes and biographies, articles, romance and contemporary fiction, and general content across a broad range of genres and topics for a global clientele base.
The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing
Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.
The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.
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