Post # 1
To my fellow writing bees!
Remember my posts about being shy? Well, you ladies have helped me a lot in finding something that I would love to do that might help me reach out and be a more outgoing person.
I want to be a writer!
I’ll write about almost anything. The only thing I don’t want to write about is advertisements (boring)
I’m an avid reader that loves adventure and romance and everything else. I’m planning on taking writing courses this fall at my local college. In high school I loved writing historical reports, or technical reports. I even loved writing poetry. Give me a subject and I’ll easily give you a 1000 word essay on the pros and cons.
However, I was hoping that you would tell us your stories of how you came to be a writer, and if you were able to pull in a little extra income from it. How did you build your portfolio for getting jobs?
I have heard about blogging, but have never been bold enough to venture out and start my own so I’m quite clueless as to anything about blogging. Also, as I am shy, it is very hard for me to write about myself. (I also don’t want to write anything that includes my fam)
Please add any tips or tricks you ladies know to help us wannabee writers to fine tune our skills.
Post # 3
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.
Post # 4
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
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 # 6
Alright, I’m definitely excited to start a blog. I do a lot of crafts and scrapbooking, and stuff. Maybe I go blog about the various hobbies/things I’ve learned/tried?
Also, how do you start a blog?
Does anyone want to be blogbuddies? 🙂
Post # 7
@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.