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post #201 of 244
ok, I'm back! How's everyone's writing going? What's the news around here?

I've had my nose in Strunk & White trying to figure out my problems, and I think I might have it figured out...we shall see...

oh, and again, rewriting chapter one. Pretty soon, it'll be so rock solid you can build a house on it! Or at least a novel
post #202 of 244
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Hi,

I hope that you don't mind me butting in with my question. My writing is a lot less literary than most of your work seems to be.

I am writing some texts for an informational website and I cannot decide whether to use the second or third person. They are on a parenting topic that gives a lot of people a lot of frustration. A lot of information in this area is controversial. I feel that the third person makes it easier to present information, but can get impersonal and unwieldy.

Another site I write for uses second and third person at different points in articles. Third person is used for presenting information and second person to get people to perhaps change the way they think about things. But I feel that this can get a bit 'messy'.

Thanks a lot for any thoughts and suggestions.
I'd go for 3rd person if you haven't already written them. Like you said, easier to 'hear' from.
post #203 of 244
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I like the way things are going and the things I get to do and I just got out there and started to do them. People are very receptive.
I know what you mean! I've talked to a few people about my book in the survivor world and now I'm going to a conference in October to talk about it and be a vendor to sell it. Also, I started guest blogging with them and I've got fans already how nuts! this is so exciting, to see it all happening, all because I 'just did it'. I'm just so amazed.
post #204 of 244
Hi all. Haven't been here in a while - still revising - and need some community - and possibly readers.
post #205 of 244
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I know what you mean! I've talked to a few people about my book in the survivor world and now I'm going to a conference in October to talk about it and be a vendor to sell it. Also, I started guest blogging with them and I've got fans already how nuts! this is so exciting, to see it all happening, all because I 'just did it'. I'm just so amazed.
Awesome!! Will you link the conference so we can check it out?
post #206 of 244
For a bit there, all of my writing time went into composing IEP arguments and proposals since we were having a big issue with the Middle School and getting appropriate services, etc. My creativity was zapped. BUT! All is resolved so I am back to work on my novel.
post #207 of 244
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Hi all. Haven't been here in a while - still revising - and need some community - and possibly readers.
I'll read!
post #208 of 244
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For a bit there, all of my writing time went into composing IEP arguments and proposals since we were having a big issue with the Middle School and getting appropriate services, etc. My creativity was zapped. BUT! All is resolved so I am back to work on my novel.
congrats! getting back to the good stuff is always good

I'm getting back to it myself. Took a week off, felt like a year! I'm giving up TV watching until I finish. Not that I watch it ever, really, unless I'm folding laundry, but if I do have time at the end of the day, I can veg for hours and not even realize it...I should be editing instead! Insomnia wrote my book, I need to start not sleeping again
post #209 of 244
I see a lot of aspiring novelists here, which is powerful! How many of you have ever participated in NaNoWriMo? I entered (and finished) for the first time last year. It was grueling, but a lot of fun. I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in becoming a novelist.

Do any of you publish on AC? What about Examiner?

Also, if any of you are ever in the market for freelance writing work at home jobs for moms, I'd suggest you visit:

http://www.workathomemomcenter.com/joblistings

And, of course, there are content sites you can write for like DemandStudios, BreakStudios, BrightHub and QualityGal.

They list all sorts of telecommuting jobs, including freelance writing.

Also, just FYI, I've gotten a few private clients off of CraigsList, as people are frequently looking for writers there.
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post #211 of 244

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Hi all, I hope it's okay to ask here, I need some advice as to where to go/what to do. I going to school currently and have decided on my path to be in journalism. I have heard many mixed signals on how to become a successful journalist. My hope is to be able to telecommute possibly as a freelance writer or such. I am really very wet behind the ears on all of it and would love to be guided in the best direction. I will ultimately like to have something I can make a living on since I am a single mom.

Some specific ?'s are:

Where can I get practice writing, such as possibly an internship online? Is that possible at this point?

Can I do any writing in the meantime to make some extra pocket change?

What are some great tips that are a "must know"?

I am really all ears here.
post #212 of 244
Hi Allyson,
A great way way to start out in my opinion is to look at your local publications and see if you can write something for them. Almost every place has a local parenting magazine or regional magazines that are often free at places like the library, etc. Some of these publications don't pay, some do. If you live in a small town and don't have anything like this, just look to the next biggest town. You have something somewhere. I would first ascertain if these publications hire freelance writers. You can do that by looking at the masthead and then looking at the names of authors on the articles. If they are the same names, that means that they do most of their writing in-house and, while they may sometimes hire freelancers, a lot of their articles are written by the editors. Then I would come up with a few ideas for one of these publications and write a query. For the most awesome and helpful information on query writing, I highly recommend The Renegade Writer, both the website and the book, and the Renegade Writer's Query Letters that Rock. You also asked about internships online. Taking a class from the Renegade Writer author, Linda Formichelli, especially her Getting Started in Magazine Writing, is AWESOME. I understood so much more about the industry after doing her class. I highly recommend doing the option where you get feedback from her and can email her back and forth with your questions.

http://www.therenegadewriter.com/

http://www.therenegadewriter.com/que...s-that-rocked/

http://writeformagazines.com/

The Renegade Writer website is awesome, but I highly recommend buying both of their books, they are well worth it and not expensive at all.

Yes, you cam freelance and make a living at it and write from home. It is definitely doable, but it takes a lot of persistence and you have to always be working at it, because you are essentially always looking for a job. You don't have an employer sitting there handing you work to do. You have to go out there and get it.

Good luck!

ETA: The reason why I think it is great to start with regional pubs is because it is usually a lot easier to break into them, and then it gives you clips to go out and write for other places.
post #213 of 244
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post #214 of 244
Thanks so much Momofmine! That is a lot great information and I will definitely take a look at the renegade writer site. I am still so new to this so I will be lurking much!
post #215 of 244
I know I've asked this before, and been very kindly taken up on it, but I wonder if anyone is willing to look at something for me. I need to know if this is something that draws you in, if it's something worth pursuing. Thanks.
post #216 of 244
What type or genre is the piece? I may be able to look at it tomorrow if you want to PM me. Headed out of town for the day right now.
post #217 of 244
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Thanks so much Momofmine! That is a lot great information and I will definitely take a look at the renegade writer site. I am still so new to this so I will be lurking much!
Sure! If you are new to the idea, I cannot recommend Linda Formichelli's getting started class enough. It is awesome! You will learn so much. Definitely worth the time and money.
post #218 of 244
momofmine, it's just a literary piece. It's just a few paragraphs, really -- the beginning of a novel. I'll PM you, thanks.
post #219 of 244
For those who did the F2K spring workshop, how did that go??
post #220 of 244
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For those who did the F2K spring workshop, how did that go??
I found it challenging and rewarding. If you are looking for words of encouragement about your writing, you'll get it. People only give positive feedback unless you ask for otherwise. I asked for real critiques and got some, but not many. I think it was a wonderful exercise in learning the basics of novel writing. And, as always, it was great to get together with other writers who 'know' craft - characters in your head, needing to write 'that book', and so on. No one 'gets' writers like writers
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