What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
When someone asks you what you do, or what you are, what is your answer? For many, it’s easy to just say teacher, nurse, veterinarian, lawyer, etc.
But for freelance writer’s it’s different.
Because for myself personally, I am several things. I am a writer, I am an author, I am a journalist. I am a novelist, and I am a freelance writer. Yes, they are all different.
I am a writer, first and foremost. A writer, is simply that. Someone who writes. Well, that’s me. I write everyday. My writings consist of journaling, scrapbook journaling, memory writing, essays, and even articles that I don’t get published (although never doubt that there might come a day!) I am a writer.
I am an author, as I have been continuously working on my books and my book series. Not only do I have three books in progress, I have several ideas for some young adult series. I am also working on a children’s book, which I hope to turn into a series as well. I am an author.
I am a freelance writer, because I write for several places. I am my own boss, and I love setting my own hours. I set my pay, I accept or decline, and I pay my own taxes. I am a freelance writer.
I am a a journalist, as I am continuously researching the latest news story, following trends and celebrity news, and constantly writing about them. I enjoy the research and even when it seems as if I am not doing research but just reading a magazine, more than likely I am picking up information for a newspaper article or magazine article. I am a journalist.
I am a novelist, as I continue to work on my one full length novel for adults. I have others in the works, but this one is the one I am most proud of. When published, I will be totally 100% satisfied. I am a novelist.
So, what are you? I’d love to hear!
*New Writing Job* Write for The HubPages
On one of the writing message boards I frequent, I learned about a new writing job opportunity for bloggers. I had to pass because of my other freelance writing clients and my monthly writing commitments are too great right now, but it is certainly the perfect position for someone who blogs and writes and would like to get paid for it.
The topics that they are hiring for are:
They want someone who has their own blog (on any topic, the topic of the personal blog doesn’t matter) and who can write extensively on their chosen topic.
The info on the pay is as follows:
Regarding pay: We like our bloggers to commit to publishing, at a minimum, 15 points per month. Points are accrued by the length of the approved article:
· An approved article of 300-499 words equals 0.5 point
· An approved article of 600-999 words equals 1 point
· An approved article of 1000 or more words equals 1.2 points.
One or more pictures per article is equivalent to 100 words, and one or more videos (YouTube or Google) per article is worth 100 words. However, an article must have a minimum of 300 words regardless to be eligible for point or fractional point accrual.
You’d be compensated both up front and residually:
Up front: US$5 per point, which we would issue to you via PayPal for the previous month’s writing.
Residual/royalty: Your writing would be served with Google AdSense ads, and optionally with Amazon.com/eBay offers, and 60% of the time the ads would be shown, you would receive the click’s revenues (AdSense) or sales commission (Amazon/eBay). We do not want to understate the long-term residual value of a well-written and well-promoted article. Well-written, useful and original articles are likely to garner you several times the up-front pay months and even years after publication.
You’ll write your articles using the HubPages authoring tool, the “Hubtool” (completely Web-based; nothing to download). The Hubtool is very easy to use (similar to Microsoft Word), and we’ll provide you with instructions on how to use it. You can also add pictures, YouTube or Google videos, links, and RSS and/or related news feeds, to help complement your writing.
We would like every article to have a very specific topic within the scope of your topic area. We will supply you, every month, with a list of topics for the next month’s articles. If you have topics within these topic areas that you feel you could write excellent articles on, then we can certainly discuss using those as well.
Note: It is critically important that the writing you do for us is different from any writing you’ve done elsewhere online, or from any other writing available on the Internet. You can not reprint your or anyone else’s writing from your blog or any other online platform. Your writings must be unique and your own. We would like, however, for you to link to what you write on HubPages from your website.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, you can contact Jason directly at Jason . Menayan (at) hubpages . com
This sounds like a great opportunity for someone just starting out, perhaps to build up a “writer’s resume” of sorts!
Best of luck!
Quote Of The Week “No Tears In The Writer, No Tears In The Reader”
The quote I picked this week is by Robert Frost, and I love the thought.
“No Tears In The Writer, No Tears In The Reader.” by Robert Frost.
The best writer’s feel passion about what they are writing. If the passion is not present, the emotion is not there. If the emotion is there, forget trying to please a reader because they will not be compelled to read any more of your stuff. You must believe in what you write, you must feel what you write, you must know what you write. If you do not, your readers will know.