(Closed) Writing about Writing

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

There are plenty of blogs out there that are not about the writer themself. You could do a blog of restaurant reviews, reviews of different cities, fashion, movie reviews, etc. There are so many things to write about! You could even do it anonymously if you so chose!

I have a blog and I enjoy writing it but don’t always know what to write about. My advice would be to just start it. Just do it. And see where it takes you. Give the link to friends and family to get their opinions or post it on the monthly blog share thread.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I started as a reporter. Didn’t pay well but was the experience was priceless. I write as part of my job now, but will say that when you are doing it for $$$ it is 1) easier to get distracted and 2) less fun than writing for yourself. As long as you’re aware of this possibility, with a little discipline you can power through. It’s so rewarding.

I guess my tips would be to apply discipline even before starting into part-time or full-time writing as a career. Write in a journal and stick to it every night (or, write letters). Set aside like 30 min a day and do nothing else but write, etc. I have to listen to music or else I get super distracted (ah the irony in this statement as I post on WB…). Identify your writing style (do you make a bare bones outline then fill in? Do you write more as a train of thought? Do you edit a lot or like to get it “right” the first time?) and use it to your advantage. For example, I’m an outline person. At the paper, it took me forever to write something, but when I’d turn it in to my editor, it would be more or less clean. I ended up going into editing myself. My coworker was way quicker–she could turn around a story in 1/2 hour. Her incredible talent and speed really works for her; she’s a full-time reporter and freelances on the side.

I can’t sugarcoat it–it is hard to market yourself as a writer because many people now are doing it for free. So you can go the blog route, which has the potential for much success, or you can go more “traditional” by interning at a local paper and eventually freelancing your work. There are many options in between, and people who have been in “the biz” longer than I probably know better. Just depends on what works for you. I know this is super long but I hope it’s been helpful! Now, for that discipline I was talking about….back to work for me….;)

Post # 5
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3004 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I wish I had more advice for you, but I just wanted to say that I’m a writer, too. Currently I haven’t written anything that I’ve made money from but I do write poetry and work on that a lot. I found writing for me to be cathartic so I enjoy doing a lot of it when I get stressed. It’s nice to find someone else who loves writing too! 

I wish you the best of luck! 

Post # 7
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3004 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@LadySapphire: I started a blog on xanga, but it’s hard to get people to read your blog without being like a specific member I believe. I just connect it to my facebook to get friends/family who are interested to read it. 

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