In the last few weeks I have been asked what I am doing by the curious, the interested, and the concerned:
“What sort of writing do you do?”
“How is writing going?”
“What do you write?”
For some people I need to clarify that I am not hiding in a garret penning the next “Harry Potter”. I jokingly tell people that I’m “pimping my pen” and I’ll write whatever pays although I feel a little bit smeared, talking like that. The truth is that I am so excited by a world of possibilities that I hardly know where to start.
I started writing stories when I was about 7 years old. These short creative pieces were to entertain my classmates and impress my teacher and, as I recall, they included the various adventures of “Sammy the Scout” and something about a creature called “The Mugglepop”. At various points in my life ever since, I have told everyone that I am going to be a writer; that is between wanting to be a priest, a musician, a tree surgeon and a hermit.
I have kept a journal since my early teens and one of the advantages of this process has been being able to reflect on the themes in my life that have outlasted the many phases that my family learned not to take too seriously.
Writing surfaces like the many humps of the Loch Ness monster in every part of my life. I would encourage anyone to think of starting a journal if only to help them to identify the repeated footfalls of the greater themes in their life. At some point you have to fall in step with them or forever be running away.
That is why I now find myself getting up each morning, having an executive board meeting with myself to determine the targets for the day and then settling to it as quickly as I can, knowing that the distractions of homeworking on your own schedule can make a shipwreck of your day quicker than the Sirenuse.
At the moment my focus is on churning out articles for the web that mine my experience, my hobbies, my curiosity and my imagination. Every website needs content and, since the Internet is rapidly expanding in all directions, this represents a virtually bottomless market. It is not only bottomless in terms of the opportunities offered, but it is also bottomless in respect of how cheaply some writers are prepared to sell their words and this makes it fairly competitive, too.
There are numerous ways of selling writing on the web. I am trying all of them and intend to post more about this in the coming weeks. For today I have set myself the target of writing three 500-word articles, a blog post (this), an enquiry letter to a former client (done already), and reviewing some of the outsourcing sites with the intention of registering with one or two of them and bidding for work.
More on that later …
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