getting paid to write

anonymous asked:


Okay, for one, I have a law degree. I ran my own law firm (which isn’t actually fun).

Yes. I get paid to write about Dean being Bisexual as well as a myriad of other things in entertainment and law. Yesterday I wrote published an article using my law degree to explain Roe v. Wade in simple terms so people can be informed about their reproductive rights.

I write this stuff at home while raising a kid and doing things like marching on Saturday for the rights of assholes like you and all the other buttlickers out there.

Oh, also I have a degree as an artist too - a bachelor’s of music in Opera which entitles me not to just drop the mic here, but also a chandelier.

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Email us the following:

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ten easy steps to formulate a strong scholarship essay

as i enter into my first year of graduate school, i figured it was finally time to tap into all this free internet money folks kept saying exists. writing essays is easy, right? we do it all the time in academic settings, why not try to get paid for it…??

before you get to writing it’s important to actually find some scholarships. here’s an excellently organized post by @jesussbabymomma that covers multiple databases. got some? great. let’s get to work.

     >> the way i organize a scholarship essay is breaking it down to individual tasks [makes the whole situation far less daunting]; i top each task list with the scholarship name and the due date  <<

1. the easiest way to start is to specify the requirements of your scholarship essay. go straight to the source, copy-paste the directions, write them down, put em somewhere you can continually look back on. is it a personal statement? are they expecting you to present knowledge on a certain subject? do they just want you to talk about how worthy you are of free money? asking your educated opinion on a topical issue? whatever it is, know it in and out. the actual worst thing is putting hella time into a scholarship essay only to realize you misunderstood the directions.

2. if this essay requires you to write expertly on something you know nothing about, gather your sources. tap into those databases you’ve used for research papers in academia [or google scholar is always a great free resource]. hone in on that subject and get to searching.

3. as you find usable sources, begin to create an essay outline. mine tend to be pretty lengthy and detailed.. by all means use an outline style that fits your needs. there’s a few different components to this step; i handle this pretty much the same way i would a regular research paper..

  • solidify your argument; (if there is an argument you need to make); i’ve found delving into my new-found sources helps me sort of figure out my stance along the way. look at all sides of the issue, bring them up in your essay, impress them with your ability to think critically. you got it, superstar.
  • consolidate sources; i will often paste links right in my outline. i then copy the specific quotes from the source and place them exactly where i want to use them in my argument. this helps so i don’t have to go fishing later.
  • gain understanding of the content; it’s.. it’s pretty important to know what it is you’re writing about.

4. after your outline is created, take a detour and write the works cited [bibliography, reference page, get-out-of-plagiarism-free card]; you certainly don’t have to do this step here.. i know some people like to wait until the end. i just think it’s good to get out of my head a little bit… put the critical-argument-creating/ stream-of-consciousness-writing on hold and do some good old-fashioned citing.

5. at this point you’re likely ready to begin the first draft. which in my case is essentially is taking the bullet points out of my outline and changing the font to something that may even look like it’s work the thousands of dollars i’m hoping to receive.

6. if you’re anything like me, this next step is the hardest.. proofread && DEDUCE. we’ve developed this amazing skill of cranking out ten-page papers… but now we’re being asked to operate within a 500-1000 word parameter. (sometimes less?!? like some have 140 characters yeah uhm okay). here i take out any extraneous adjectives and run-on sentences. i blame the lack of brevity on my degree in the humanities sector.

7. once you get sick of reading your own work, find friends to edit. peer reviewing is certainly worth the shot at deduced tuition. when i’m crunched for time, this is the step i skip.. but i always feel more comfortable submitting something i wrote that a few others have looked over as well.

8. next, take the time to research the scholarship organization. for schmoozing purposes. this can happen earlier in the process too.. don’t ask me why i decide to see where the organization’s principles lie until after i’ve written the paper.. i take this time to learn a bit about who i’m asking money from, and make a few tweaks to the essay if i need to.

9. almost done!! final proofread aloud. this really helps with cutting down on word count, and just ensuring the whole thing moves smoothly. i’m always pleasantly surprised how much better my essay flows after i read it out loud.

10. once you feel confident in your paper, send it off! my final step is submit & schedule a time to check back.  sometimes organizations will post on the scholarship site which day they make their decision. make a note to come back that particular day to see the results! hopefully, you’ll get an exciting congratulatory email beforehand.. but it doesn’t hurt to be sure.

try these out, let me know if they work for you! now get out there and make that moneyyyy :}

On Writing For Yourself

Writing for yourself doesn’t–or at least shouldn’t–mean writing selflessly, or not asking for validation or acknowledgment or praise. It means writing what makes you happy, what you want to write. You can share your writing or not, but the main thing is writing what you want to write.

Unless you’re getting paid to write something else. Then you should probably write that other thing so you can get paid.

appreciate fanfic writers !!

what they write is the hardest thing to write. not fantasy, or poetry, or sci-fi. this shit is tough. here’s why.

- they have to memorize the universe and environment and setting of the place they’re writing about. they have to know how life functions there.
- they need to always make sure there’s an equal amount of dialogue and detail and action so the reader is interested in all aspects.
- they need to know the style of the world/characters and how it’s expressed. how life is directed and perceived.
- they have to update this shit VERY OFTEN. they’ve got people reading it and wanting more, constantly, so it’s hard work.
- THEIR ONLY SOLID FORM OF MOTIVATION IS THE APPRECIATION THEY RECEIVE !! these people don’t get paid for their stories. they know their writing won’t be features as a New York Times bestseller or make them famous. THEY. WORK. OFF. OF. ENCOURAGEMENT. ONLY. simple comments and likes. you gotta be pretty determined to do that.

one last little note: with authors, always give them encouragement. constructive criticism is good but positive comments are crucial. even if you don’t like the piece, give them something nice! it’s what they need and thrive on so they don’t give up.

silvergurl  asked:

Bean !!! I wanted 2 tell u I am living the sex and the city dream. I'm getting paid by my college paper to write a column about sex and relationships!!! It's 2 fun. Anyway I just thought I'd tell u.

why isnt this me

Stop Sending Us Requests in Fanmail

It says, on the front page, that we’re still working through requests. The ask box is closed for a reason. Sending us a request in fanmail will result an automatic deletion of the request. Be patient and wait for the box to open again. We don’t get paid for writing this stuff– this is a labor of love. Keep that in mind.

–Mod Sarah

How did aspiring political reporter Rory Gilmore have zero ideas to write about in 2016? Even if the Rory who jumped on the campaign trail with Obama in 2008 wasn’t ASP’s version of her, the younger Rory who wanted to write a passionate college application essay about Hillary definitely was. She would have so many takes on the first woman to run for president, and if she couldn’t get anyone to pay for them, she’d be posting them on medium. It’s believable that she would struggle to get paid for her writing–it’s not believable to me that she just wouldn’t have anything to write about. In 2016.

  • Me, a writer: I write for myself, really. I'm good at it, and it brings me joy. I don't need other people to tell me I'm talented.
  • Me: I mean. It would be great if when I shared my writing, the people who read it said nice things about it. But it's enough to know that people are reading it.
  • Me: It's not like I need the validation, it would just be nice to know that I'm not just scrEAMING inTo the ABySs!
  • Me, reconsidering being a writer: Maybe I actually suck at this. Maybe I should find another creative outlet. Maybe I should look for validation elsewhere... Maybe I should focus on writing things I get paid for instead of investing so much time and energy into the thankless world of fandom where hitting a button to say thanks is too much effort.
  • Me: I have this idea though... People are gonna love it, and this time for sure they'll actually say so...
  • Me: *is increasingly bitter*

Repeat after me, ladies and gents and variations thereupon: Fanfiction authors do not get paid. Not a penny. We share our writing with you because we are proud of what we have written, and we hope other people like it too. It is a huge risk to put yourself out like that, and you hope to God that whoever reads what you have written is kind to you and to your words. Fanfiction is a gift given freely. Treat it like a gift, or else you won’t have anything else to read.

And it is not appropriate to leave a 350+ word comment about everything you disliked about a fic. I didn’t make you read it. If you didn’t like it, there’s a nifty little button called the back button, so you can nope your way out of a fic quite easily. And moreover, why would someone spend all that time and energy writing a dissertation of something they didn’t even enjoy? Go read something you’ll actually like, and make that authors day by leaving a positive comment for them. The world is full of negativity, and words hurt. Don’t do that to your poor authors.

marooncamaro  asked:

Hi there! Just wanted to say that I am in awe of your writing and am devouring it as quickly as I can (on my third Johnlock!). Thank you so much for sharing your talent, I have no doubt that you are a published author and could very easily spend your time writing works that you would actually get paid for. I look forward to reading the rest of your works! Thank you again!

Thank you so much, lovely! I’m really pleased you’re enjoying my work, and you’re more than welcome for me sharing it. I’m not a published author (by which I mean I’ve not published anything original. I’m a fanfic only person right now - though that might change!) However, it’s wonderful to know you think I could get paid for my creative efforts.

Thank you for brightening my day!

anonymous asked:

what's with all this like critical analysis of tfp? it's a TV show. it's for entertainment. no one's expecting it to be deep or thought-provoking lmao

I’ve been seeing a lot of this same line of thought in the past two days: “it’s just a show,” “if you didn’t like it then forget about it and move on,” “it was never that great anyway,” and even “I loved it and I don’t understand why everyone has to analyze it to death!”

Writers who get paid to write and have an audience on the scale of BBC Sherlock must be held accountable for their work, even when it’s just for fun. Bad writing should not be excused because it’s fun to watch. If the writing gets ignored and the work is celebrated anyway, media creators decide that audiences don’t care about good stories and will create content that is simply entertaining. Good storytelling - hell, coherent storytelling should never be overrated. Do you know what happens when entertainment gets priority over story? You get The Fast and the Furious seven times. You get Transformers. Adam Sandler movies. That’s what. Do you want to live in a world where every show and film is an Adam Sandler movie? I sure as hell don’t. We must hold content creators responsible for bad content. If we don’t, then the bad content becomes our fault.

Moreover, Sherlock is touted, promoted, and occasionally awarded as an intellectual show. Sherlock Holmes is a genius detective who tells us outright in the dialogue that he is only interested in truly impossible cases. It’s about unraveling the arcane, and therefore, it’s about the payoff in solving it. Sherlock is a little unique to other Holmes adaptations in that it is also a character exploration - it dives not only into criminal mystery, but into the mystery of the detective himself. (As well as the people around him.) My point being: if you’re going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. Don’t tell us the show is clever and nuanced if you’re not going to write a clever and nuanced plot. That’s the primary reason I’m so incensed by The Final Problem. If you claim your show is clever and carefully planned and then you deliver a series finale that has forty plot holes and counting, you deserve to be called on it.

Also, my commentary is subjective. I’m a writer. It pisses me off to no end when people get lazy and sloppy with their plotting. One of the pillars of my being is good storytelling - I LIVE for good storytelling, and I know that’s the reason I’m alive, is to participate and engage in good storytelling. Writers who don’t honor their craft infuriate me. If you don’t want to write a good story, what the fuck are you writing for? Get your shallow cashgrab bullshit away from me.

How to survive on minimal money

I’m so sick of reading all these “how to save money” articles that only tell you to stop buying a morning coffee that you don’t buy anyway because you can’t afford it in the fucking first place. 

ANYWAY, as a person who never seems to have any money, and nothing to show for my lack of money, here are my tips for people in similar situations so that you don’t die. 

1) Start a budget book. I bought mine about 3 years ago for £3 from WHSmith. When you get paid, write down how much money came into your account, then immediately deduct every single bill you have to pay from that amount. Now you know exactly how much money you have to spend for the rest of the month until the next pay day. Write down every single thing you buy and exactly how much it cost, including cash withdrawals. Yes it’s boring, but holy shit it will save your ass so many times knowing that you’ve already accounted for all your bills.

2) Stop shopping in Tesco/Sainsburys/Asda/Waitrose/etc etc. Just stop. Holy shit just stop it. Tesco sucks the life out of me just walking in there I swear to god. Switch to Aldi and/or Lidl. They’re cheap because they give you ONE option of each thing. One type of tinned chopped tomatoes. One type of washing up liquid. One type of ketchup etc etc you get the idea. Their toothpaste, shower gel and baby wipes are pretty damn good and cost about 50p. Like, for fuck sake stop paying £1 for one damn cabbage. YOU DONT NEED TO SPEND A WHOLE QUID ON A FUCKING CABBAGE. 

3) Aldi and Lidl post what their offers are going to be for that week on their websites. Read them before you go shopping then decide what you’re going to be eating for that week based around what’s on offer. Deals on diced chicken and microwave rice? BOOM you’ve got yourself a cheap ass curry to last you at least 2 meals. 

4) Pinterest is your friend. You can look up anything in the world. From budget meals to how to make your own washing powder (if you really wana risk that…I wouldn’t personally but you do you). 

5) Join a Facebook selling site. Find one that’s based where you live and turn on the notifications. You’d be shocked to know how many people give away free sofas and washing machines. Fucking LOADS. You never know what people might be chucking. 

6) If you drive, stop driving like an asshole. A happy car means less petrol usage and less repairs (I HAVE LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY, TRUST ME THIS IS VALUABLE INFORMATION).

7) Turn your lights off when you’re not in a room. Turn your heating down and put on a jumper. Candles are effective ways of combating both of these things. Candles are your friends. Go to the poundshop and buy candles. You’d be surprised how quickly a small room heats up with a couple of lit candles. 

8) Stop going out. You can’t afford to go out. If you keep going out and then complaining that you’re skint, get off this list. This list is not for you. You’re a jerk. If you must drink some alcohol, buy a cheapo bottle of wine (Aldi does a banging white for £3.89 a bottle wayoooo) and roll around on the floor of your own house.

9) Sell all your stuff. I’m almost 100% sure that if you have a job, and you at one point lived with your parents, you will have stuff in your home now that you don’t need. I have a pair of Urbanears headphones 2 feet away from me right now that I got as a gift and I know I won’t use. No one watches DVDs anymore, so Music Magpie those dinosaurs. Don’t forget about that stuff. Sell it. Sell the shit out of it. 

10) I know I’m going back to the whole food shopping thing, but I think most of the time this is the only thing in our lives that we can really control how much we spend. Gonna get it all out of my system now, ready? Make a list of what you’re going to buy a stick to it. Try to buy ingredients that can be used across multiple meals. Take tinned soup to work for lunch instead of spending £8 a day on disappointing sandwiches in Pret. Cut out meat as much as you can. SLOW COOKERS ARE YOUR FRIENDS! I know we’re trying to save money here, not spend it, but buy ‘A Girl Called Jack’ by Jack Monroe and it will show you how to eat on fuck all money without eating supernoodles for 3 meals a day. I recommend the mixed bean goulash, it will give you the farts but it tastes awesome. If you do find yourself in Tesco in an emergency, take a stroll past the reduced isle. Best reduced stuff to get is always meat (put it in the freezer) and cheese. I have at least 2 loaves of bread from the reduced section in my freezer right now that cost me 6p each. FROZEN FOOD IS GOOD, ESPECIALLY VEGETABLES.

11) Change all your suppliers. Electricity. Gas. Internet. Whatever. Go to uswitch and do it. It’s really not that hard. Okay, internet is a fucking faff but gas and electric are not. You might already have the best deal but you wont know until you look so go look. 

12) Loyalty points are the bomb. Get a card for every god damn shop you’ve ever been in. It doesn’t cost you anything, so start saving up those bad boy points now. When I first moved into my flat, I bought all my home essentials (milk, clingfilm, washing up liquid etc etc) all on my Nectar points and what would have been a £70 shop was fucking FREEEE.

13) Lastly, before you buy anything, stop and ask yourself, “do I actually need this thing?” You already know the answer. You know it. You already know it. No. You fucking don’t. You don’t need that thing. I was in Wilkinsons like 2 weeks ago and I almost bought a new roasting dish because the one I already had was “too big”. How the fuck can a roasting dish be too big? So your food is a bit more spread out, big fucking deal. There, you see? I just saved myself £6 for a piece of shit I didn’t need. You don’t need those shoes. You don’t need a limited edition bluray copy of Blade Runner with director’s cut . You don’t need a new ironing board cover with Batman on it. You. Don’t. Fucking. Need. It.