how to be a freelance writer

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was hoping you could help me understand something. If the moon is how we react to things and how we feel, but Mars is how we show anger does that mean that I feel things as an aries would, but I express it in a gemini way? I'm confused because anger is an emotion so I don't fully understand why mars is how we get angry instead of our moon. I'm so sorry if you've answered this before!

Hey!

The confusion here is due to an oversimplification of the planets.
..You know, I once wrote astrology for a new astrology website, like as a freelance writer…and I had to quit because they kept sending my writing back, asking me to dumb it down, take out specifics, shorten the sentences…they were writing to an audience of adult women and yet felt that a sentence with a comma in it that mentioned Jupiter in a way that was more than just some sort of “I’m knowledgeable!” name-drop was too much and would put people off and overwhelm them…and I see a lot of that around tumblr, too, and then…we end up with situations like this, hah.

I would classify Moon as the essence of our feelings…the roots and most basic forms of our emotions…where our motives begin to secretly develop…similarly, Moon also rules over memories, ancestry, our physical home/real estate, the Mother…a lot of times, when we remember a Mother who treated us well, the memory isn’t so much hard and clear pictures, but more a sort of warm and safe sensation…that’s the difference between Moon and Mars…
Mars is those feelings recognized and evolved to a point that you may begin expressing them, as well as ambition, drive, base instinct…it indicates how you handle conflict and what angers you to a point that you’ll need to express your anger, and also tells a bit about how that anger does emerge…this is more concrete and easier to see than Moon.

My planets 101 post defines them like this:
Moon: just as important as sun. your instinctual self, your inner emotions, the unconscious side of your personality. the place comfort, peace, childhood memories, anger, hate, jealousy, and fear may be found. even if you don’t relate to your Sun sign, you will almost always resonate completely with your Moon sign. the side of you that is typically seen by only close friends and relatives. rules Cancer.
Mars: your animal instinct. how you approach sexual encounters, how you fight, why you fight, how you go after your goals. influences whether you’re aggressive or passive, detached or intense.  gives you energy, both negative (rage) and positive (passion). how enemies and sexual partners see you.

Here’s a post on Aries Moon for you: http://astrolodee.tumblr.com/post/150202163653/aries-moon
And Gemini Mars: http://astrolodee.tumblr.com/post/140264778038/gemini-mars-in-the-5th-house

Hope this cleared things up a bit. <33

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‘My Hijab Has Nothing To Do With Oppression. It’s A Feminist Statement’

Not all Muslim women cover their bodies. Not all Muslim women who do are forced to do so. Like freelance writer Hanna Yusuf, who chooses to wear a hijab in a daily act of feminism. In a new video for The Guardian, Yusuf challenges stereotypes by setting out to reclaim the choice to wear a hijab as “a feminist statement.”

For more on on how the hijab helps women reclaim their bodies watch the full video here.

trans and non binary folks IN FINLAND!

I’m a London-based journo student and freelance writer researching an article and I’d like to write a feature/investigation into how gender reassignment or transition process works in Finland. I’m trans myself but only have experience with the British system. 

If you’d like to share your experiences with clinics, officials etc there please drop me a line or share your contacts! 

Email me at teaspionage[at]gmail.com or tweet @ teaspionage in English or Finnish, whichever you’d prefer. Thanks heaps! 

Briiffisti suomeksi: tämä englanninelävä kirjottaa juttua transprosessista Suomessa joten jos kiinnostaa jakaa kokemuksia niin saa laittaa sähköpostia ylläolevaan osoitteeseen taikka twiitata @ teaspionage. Oma henkkoht transklinikkakokemukseni rajoittuu brittiläiseen järjestelmään. Kiitos hurjasti! 

SciShow is seeking freelance writers!

If you’re reading this, then you’re a member of the SciShow community. And now’s your chance to make the community even better!

We’re seeking experienced freelance science writers to contribute to SciShow, one of YouTube’s most viewed and trusted sources of science information.

We’re looking for writers to contribute to the main SciShow channel, which covers a broad range of topics, as well as writers with more specific expertise to contribute to our other channels:

  • space writers, for SciShow Space
  • psychology writers, for SciShow Psych
  • people with experience writing for a younger audience (5-10 year olds), for SciShow Kids

Since you watch SciShow, you know how we talk to people: with intelligence, clarity, hopefully a little wit, and an abiding sense of wonder about the universe.

Applicants should have an academic background in a scientific discipline, and demonstrated experience writing about science for a popular, non-academic audience.

  • Your writing must be:
  • 100% bullet-proof and fact-checked accurate;
  • completely freaking fascinating;
  • entertaining, by which we mean “witty” more than just “funny”; and
  • passionate about imparting hard science to humanity in a way that is both educational and engaging.

If your experience hits these marks, then prove it!

Fill out and submit this application by December 15, 2016.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I'm a freelance writer for Real Simple magazine. I'm working on a story for their June issue called "How to Make a Happier Office." I thought you might bring a fun perspective to the story and wanted to see you'd be available for a phone or email interview one day next week. Thanks!

Hi, well this would be great. You didn’t leave any contact info. —Austin

Feysand Modern AU, Part 3

JFC I have no idea what happened here but I am out of practice. Also v long chapter but I haven’t submitted stuff in so long that you guys deserve it.

So sorry if this is bad my writing seems to have taken a hit.


Part 1 | Part 2


Over a week passed and Feyre was happy to have someone to talk to, besides Morrigan, who seemed to know exactly how to react. Though Rhysand did have a new game he liked to play called “Scenarios that lead to me punching Tamlin in the face.” He’d gotten rather ridiculous with the new ones, lately, but they made Feyre smile and laugh all the same. She wasn’t quite sure how to process Rhysand’s reaction to her smile. It was like he lived for them.

Which was absolutely ridiculous. Men like Rhys went after super models, not clunky artists who cried on their shoulder.

She’d recently taken to drawing him. Especially while he was working. He’d become a freelance writer, his family’s wealth allowed him to pursue whatever career he wanted, and sometimes spent hours staring at a laptop or pad of paper. He had a habit to tapping his bottom lip with a pen, even while writing on his laptop. Feyre loved to draw Rhys like that. 

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ROMANTICIZE AND DECAY WITH INDECISION ( listen on spotify )

a relaxing playlist with soft and deep songs for writers when they need inspiration or just something to listen to.

01. friends make garbage - low roar / 02. broadripple is burning - margot & the nuclear so & so’s / 03. sleep - flatsound / 04. keepsake - slow skies / 05. broken horse - freelance wheel / 06. how to never stop being sad - dandelion hands / 07. atlas hands - benjamin francis leftwich / 08. the mute - radical face / 09. catch and release- silversun pickups / 10. between the bars - elliot smith / 11. petrichor - keaton henson / 12. jesus christ - brand new / 13. asleep - the smiths / 14. shallows - daughter / 15. allen & lucien - nico muhly

nerdmigerd  asked:

How would you recommend a young writer to make a profit off of their work? I'm unemployed and want something to make an early living off of.

Okay, so, my answer may be quite disheartening, but instead of being discouraged by it I expect all y’all young writers looking to make some cash to decide this will only mean you will work harder and not ever give up. In this line of work, you have to hustle.

There are ways young writers can make money. But those ways are tough and discouraging and require a shit ton of work. If you’re smart, you will pursue just about every option there is.

1. Writing Competitions/Contests

There are approximately fifty zillion of these things, all with varying rewards (many of which actually aren’t monetary). All of them have different restrictions (must be a certain genre, the author must be living in a certain place/be of a certain age, the topic must be on something specific, etc). And the only ones that are easy to find, open to most people, and have a good monetary reward are pretty much always the ones that have an entry fee. Usually entry fees are between $5-50, most often around $20. There are a good number of free writing competitions, but those are the ones with the most restrictions on them.

Writing competitions are (usually) different from writing contests. “Contests” are usually the ones held by really selective literary magazines that p much no one reads, and they’re looking for only the snootiest, driest literature there is. Often these mags will pay you in publication/a number of copies of the issue where your story will be. They also probably want rights to your story until after Jesus comes.

Writing competitions are usually for genre stories. They’ll call for a specific genre, a specific word count, and those are pretty much the only restrictions. The rewards will vary from a few hundred dollars up to about $3,000 for popular publications like Writer’s Digest. (The ones that offer more than that are mostly grants, which are an entirely different beast I don’t know nearly enough about to speak on.) Unfortunately, they also have a huge number of applicants, so there’s a lot more competition.

Most of these contests/competitions are for short fiction, poetry, or short non-fiction (essays, basically), so if you only write novels or screenplays, you’re (mostly) out of luck.

BE CAREFUL. As many reputable contests are out there, there are twice as many scams. Be careful.

Resources on writing contests/competitions:

Writer’s Digest Competitions

Poet’s & Writer’s Grants and Awards list (a great resource for those super snooty litmags)

Poet’s & Writer’s Submission Calendar

PEN Literary Awards 

20 Tips for Winning Writing Contests

(NO ENTRY FEE) List of 27 Reputable, Free Writing Contests

(NO ENTRY FEE) Freelancewriting.com’s Creative Writing Contest List

Another List

More

I’m not even half way down the first google page there are so many just look

2. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is multi-faceted. It can refer to blogging, writing articles, writing for social media, copywriting, etc. Journalism kind of stuff. I have limited experience with this–not with doing those things, just with getting paid for it–but there may be more input from people in the notes, so make sure you check that out.

In a similar vein, you can also try freelance transcription, where you basically listen to/watch a recording and transcribe what’s said in the recording. This is more difficult than it sounds. But if you have a wpm of 80+ and great hearing (and a lot of patience), go for it.

Beware of scams–anything that wants you to pay to get a job is not a real job.

Resources:

Freelancewriting.com/freelancejobs

Paid Writing Gigs

Call for Submissions

Freelance Job Openings

Freelance Transcription Jobs

Transcribe Team

3. Self-Publication

This is one wild beast that should not be entered into lightly. If you publish something, it will always be in your publishing history. Even if you don’t sell anything. And with even more self-pub/e-pub stories out there than there are competitions, you really, really have to work your ass off to make decent money self-pubbing. 

It’s recommended that you only self-publish if you: have worked for an extended period of time on this piece (years), have had professional eyes look over it (more than once), have done your homework on which self-publishing sites you want to use, are prepared to do all the work necessary to see to the success of the piece (editing, formatting, design, promotion, etc), have a good reason for choosing to self-publish (i.e. not because you’re impatient, bitter at being rejected, unwilling to put the work in, etc.)

If you are sure you want to self-publish, here are some resources:

25 Things You Should Know Before Self-Publishing

Writer’s Digest Best 101 on Self-Publishing + Resources

52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers

There’s this book called The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

Also check out YouTube because a lot of self-pubbed authors go there to promote, and they have videos talking about their self-publishing journey, so you can learn from their mistakes/emulate their successes

4. Crowdsourcing

I’m mostly going to be talking about Patreon here because that’s really the only thing in this category I have experience with. As far as I’ve found, this is the most conducive site to crowdsourcing for writers who don’t necessarily want to publish a book. I don’t even think it’s technically crowdsourcing.

Patreon is a way for your supporters to support you. It can be for anything. You can write short stories, create art, make tutorials, etc etc. You actually don’t even have to do anything if you’ve got people willing to give you money for that. Set up rewards that your patrons will receive when they pledge a certain amount (exclusive content, physical rewards, etc).

There are two ways to find supporters: connecting with other creators on Patreon, and getting in touch with supporters you’ve already established (friends, family, fans). I don’t know much about connecting with people through Patreon because I just haven’t put much effort into it so far. 

As for reaching out to other supporters, a great way to do this is through social media. Network with fellow creators/consumers through sites like here on tumblr, fictionpress, wattpad/figment, fanfiction sites, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Also, if you can stand it, tell your family. No one wants to support you more than your sweet grandmother who is deep-pocketed, near-sighted, and technologically impaired.

Most importantly, establish yourself where your target audience gathers. Put out as much original content as possible. Make a name for yourself–which brings me to my next point.

5. Social Media and Writing-Adjacent Work

A lot of the sites I listed that you should establish yourself on have ways to make some change if your site gets some traffic. You can put ads on your tumblr blog (or on your fictionpress, I think), you can monetize youtube videos, and the like. You have to get a lot of traffic to make some decent money off of ads, but it’s something. And it’s always good to promote yourself anyway.

As for writing-adjacent work: on the internet, where many people live nowadays and where indie creators have the best chance of making some money, there is a lot vying for your audience’s attention. It’s good to have a shorter, more attention-grabbing service to offer that is relevant to your writing that will draw your audience to you. Basically anything that gives you authority as a creator and interests people that might also be interested in what you’re creating.

For example: create a writing advice blog, build your writerly “brand” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, tumblr, offer freelance editing, and more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.


Each of these things requires a great deal of work for a lot of initial rejection and not a lot of initial reward. However, if you pursue many or all of these things and really dedicate yourself to them, you will eventually get a payoff.

anonymous asked:

How does someone apply to write for y'all? Do you do it by like free lance or do you have a staff? Or both?

Send 10 headline ideas and a sample article to: Ideas@TheHardTimes.net. We’ll get back when we can. Please be patient. All our writers get paid as freelancers.

Hey everyone!

As a lot of you know, I came out to my parents a few weeks ago. They haven’t explicitly told me I can’t come home this summer, but I really don’t feel comfortable living with them for that long, especially now that they know. However, since my job ends with the school year, I have to buy groceries still - so, I’m offering my services as an editor/writer!


Editing (up to 10,000 words)

  1. Grammar Editing

For grammar only, such as syntax, spelling, etc., it’s half a cent per word. 

  • 1,000 words = $5
  • 2,000 words = $10
  • 5,000 words = $25

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anonymous asked:

How did you start off writing? Like were you a freelance writer or did you just start off on fanfiction?

I picked up a pen (OK, started typing. Modern methods lose all the pretty imagery) after twenty years of not doing any creative writing and began to write dramione.  I have never been paid for writing, alas, not even the sad pennies of a freelancer.  I did take creative writing classes in college, but I think those killed the urge to write rather than nurture it.  Trashy genre fic isn’t really the goal of most writing programs, the snobs.

Tagged

I was tagged by both @blacknekojess and @la-femme-noelle

Rules: Tag nine people you want to get to know better.

How old are you? 30

Current Job/Dream Job? Stay at home mom/caretaker, writer, artist, jewelry fixer, freelance IT person for family members and friends, professional pen hoarder.

What are you talented at? Crying, drawing (not really), writing (yeah, right), some painting (i make more messes than paintings), breaking my toes, and finding things. Thinking that i’m worthless… 

What is a big goal you are working towards(or have already achieved)? Made it to 10 year anniversary, finish my fandom sleeve, and start my own art business.

What are your aesthetics? I dont have anything set, but literally if you throw a bunch of random shit together its pretty much how my aesthetic goes.

Do you collect anything? Stranger the better. Pens and pencils, shitajiki, christmas lights, anime, stones, and my little ponies.

What is a topic you are always up for talking about? Escaflowne, fandom stuff, kids, anime, video games, my lack of confidence and why i think everyone hates me sometimes.

What’s a pet peeve of yours? People who dont source art, hypocritical values that seem to change. Petty fighting and discourse in general. I also hate people who dont use turn signals or know how a 4-way stop works. 

Good advice to give? Be weird, be strange, you’ll get the right friends being as you as you can possibly be. The more you pretend to like things that aren’t you the more those who pretend to care will find you. People have their own reasons, and as cliche as it is, they are fighting their own battles. No one is an NPC in real life, you can’t press a button and command them. 

Recommend three songs - 

*Broken Record* “TOUCH IN THE NIGHT” by BATTLE BEAST 

“Paint it Black” by Ciara (I love it because it has the right feel for the song) 

“Stolen” Dashboard Confessional 

I tag my mutuals, but specifically: @gurakruor @acelucky @millerna @radical-rad1986 @nehasy @gasexplosionatthescalpelfactory and @sewingyoukai

Update on lioness-buoys

I’ve been kind of slack on lioness-buoys lately because things have been mentally/psychologically Rough over the last couple of weeks, and I am also a flake who forgets things if they’re not right the fuck in front of her face (aka, not the latest attempt by His Dickless Fuck-Orange to Kill Us All). 

In an effort to consolidate my daily projects (lioness-buoys, drabble a day, journaling) and to take another step in actually remembering how to live my life, I figured I’d lump them all into one thing. We’ll see how long it lasts, since I do have a freelance gig as a content writer now in addition to my full time job and my weekend job (before you ask, no, I don’t really sleep lol).

What I’m going to try to do is post a buoyant little bit of writing every day to @lioness-writes. It could be fiction; it could be a bit of journaling. Please feel free to shoot me a prompt for this; I’m always taking those. Anon is on, but I won’t do NSFW/kink/gore for anons since I can’t know if you’re 18+.

So. That’s my plan. I’m trying to get better at regular, consistent (fictional) content generation– for which I’m not getting paid yet–so that hopefully one day I can start getting paid for it. I’ll post updates between 4pm and 8pm EST (GMT -5) M-F starting tomorrow; weekends when I can. 

anonymous asked:

Gentle reminder no writer on the show has 100% full control of their episode. AJK, Berlanti and the Helbings always look over the scripts and decide what things to take out or add. We know from previous freelance writers this is how The Flash writers room operates. So while yes Carina is the sole main writer for the episode that doesn't mean the executive producers won't touch it.

I mean, I think everyone knows the writers, especially a freelance like Carina won’t have full control over the story without going through the producers. I’m pretty excited regardless!

anonymous asked:

Not my *opinion* on ghostwriters, but how does one get into that line of business?

Well, my experience is probably one of the most unconventional. I was working as a freelance content writer, producing articles and blog posts in the business niche for a variety of websites, and then I was contacted by a client who saw my writing style and wanted me to ghostwrite a nonfiction ebook. Since I was very experienced in nonfiction, I took a whack at it and it was a success. After doing this, my name traveled and I was contacted by a client wanting a fiction novel; and it all exploded from there with several novels and more nonfiction ebooks. I was incredibly lucky and I couldn’t be more grateful.

But, since that’s not exactly a twelve step guide – which is what I’m sure you’re looking for – here are these:

Ghostwriting – a nice long guide detailing all the important stuff.

How to Become a Ghostwriter (Well, according to this, I’m not so unusual.)

Getting Great Ghostwriting Gigs

Becoming a Ghostwriter

Be a Ghostwriter – the actual writing part of ghostwriting.

Happy writing! 

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Artists (and Writers) in Action!

Say hello to Kevin Sullivan, a writer on our upcoming show The Loud House

We met up with him in his office in between script meetings to talk about his love of junk food, the advice he’d give to aspiring writers, and his history in the Nickelodeon family. We are such huge fans of his sharp sense of humor and undeniable persistence in searching for the hidden answers that make scenes work. 

He’s got great things to say so read on!

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1) How did you get your start?

I interviewed to be script coordinator on two productions: FOP/Danny Phantom and Fatherhood. I was hired on Fatherhood. A few months later they promoted the script coordinator on FOP/Danny Phantom to writer and gave me those shows as well. I had the chance to pitch ideas for FOP and they let me write several freelance scripts. Being in the room with the writers and the execs gave me a clear understanding of how they told their stories and what they were looking for, so that made it super easy. Then I started freelancing on Danny Phantom, too. Eventually they promoted me to staff writer. The script  coordinator job is seen as a stepping stone to writer, so getting that was my way in. 

2) Did you go to school for what you’re currently working in?

I did - sort of. I studied the very vague “Communication Arts” and minored in English. My university didn’t have a TV writing program when I attended. But having the career I do now is as much about “who I know” as it is “what I know”; it was another graduate from my school who told me about the script coordinator job openings at Nick in the first place. Without her info, I never would have known to look here. So I always tell people to make sure you foster those connections…you never know when one will pay off.

3) What do your day-to-day tasks look like?

We write The Loud House as a group. Each writer generates their scripts on their own but we put them up on a screen and revise them collectively. We also break stories as a team. It all depends on what’s on the calendar any given day. Today, for example, we revised a script from a freelance writer in the morning, and reviewed an outline from a staff writer and gave him notes so he could revise it before we submit it to our executives. In the afternoon, we examined the 2nd draft of a script I wrote, incorporating not only the notes from our network executives but the notes from Chris Savino, who created The Loud House. Then I had some questions about an outline I’m working on so I threw that out to the group for some brainstorming. That’s kind of our schedule every day; the only thing that changes are what episodes we’re working on and where they are in development (premise, outline, first or second draft script).

4) Favorite parts of the job?

I love pitching a joke that makes everyone in the room laugh. That is my favorite part of the job, hands down. When we’re struggling with a problem and we can’t seem to figure out how to make a scene work, and it seems hopeless…but then we hit upon the answer and it solves everything - that’s also a wonderful moment. I hate the struggling part, but the moment you have the clarity and figure out your issue is awesome.

5) Advice you’d give to aspiring artists in the industry?

If you’re an aspiring writer, then keep writing. When my job on FOP ended I had no new spec scripts or pilot scripts to use as samples. I thought being a staff writer on FOP for a decade would open all sorts of doors for me…and I was stunned to find this wasn’t the case. Story editors and show runners wanted to read new and more current scripts from me, not just old FOP scripts. I had none and was completely unprepared. I can be a procrastinator and be flat out lazy when it comes to writing on my own time, so it’s kind of hypocritical for me to say “always be writing,” but, you know, you should always be writing. Also, have a varied portfolio of scripts. You never know what kind of job you might be up for - sitcom, drama, animation…make sure you’ve got spec scripts of current series as well as a pilot or two of your own making. That way you’re ready or anything.

6) What tools have helped you get to where you are?

I guess my sense of humor has helped the most. Not only in pitching jokes in the writer’s room, but in interviews and meetings with story editors when I’m looking for work. That and feeling confident that I can do this. Believe me, the confidence thing takes a lot of work every single day. Most writers seem to be struggling with this, or at least I’ve met a bunch who are. So finding the strength to kind of “fake it till you make it” was a big step for me.

7) What inspires you?

I love TV - I’m a big TV junkie. I love any show that surprises me in its storytelling. I joke that if a show has me screaming back at the TV in utter shock, or jumping off the couch with my jaw on the floor, then that’s great. That’s what inspires me. Seeing a show and thinking I want to tell stories the way that show does, or hearing dialogue and just wishing I could be that concise and lyrical and clever - those things motivate me. Meeting people who watch Nick is always an inspiration, too. I recently had parents and their little kids interrupt me at lunch one day because they heard me say I used to write for FOP. Seeing kids excited by that is really a cool reminder of how great it is to be able to do what I do.

8) Where would you go in a time machine?

I’d be selfish and want to revisit days of my life where I remember being so happy I thought I might burst. I know I’m supposed to go back and stop JFK’s assassination or do something for the greater good, and sure I’d do that too… but first I’d go back to great times in my life and enjoy them all over again. Life goes by so fast and I’d want to get a few moments back again and revel in them.

9) Choice of superpower/ability?

I’m terrified of heights, so flying is out. And reading minds would only lead to disaster if I learned someone hated my shoes or was mocking the way I danced or something. So I’m going with teleporting. That not only eliminates a ten hour flight to Paris, but it gets rid of having to go to the airport, too. I’m all for that.

10) What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I like to eat. A lot. I’m a junk food junkie (the writer’s room for the Loud House has at least four different kinds of Oreos in it at any time). Therefore, exercise is a big hobby. I like to swim. Beyond that, I’m a huge car nerd. If I wasn’t a writer I’d want to design cars. I love traveling to different auto shows. And I love baseball, too - I’m a Mets and Dodgers fan, so I am still coming down off the high of this past season.

Six Things Freelance Writing Taught Me

For cash-strapped writers – which, let’s be honest, is most of us – freelancing is a means of making ends meet while doing what we love most: writing. But more than that, working as a gun for hire also serves as an awesome tactic to learn the ropes and pick up things like:

1. How to sell a pitch. Landing a freelance writing gig is like submitting a novel. You have to stand out from the rabble – which means crafting a clever cover letter. Something tight and professional (but not boring, boredom is the Black Plague of queries) which showcases your writing savvy. After hundreds of hours trawling through online classifieds and shooting off queries, I’ve got the CV thing down to a freaking science. That said, the tweaking and tuning never ends.

2. How to research. Since freelancers write across fields and professions, research skills are a stamped, signed and sealed must. It can also be kind of fun. For instance, a while back, I landed a gig writing targeted Tweets for a floating real estate honcho. I ended up submerged in a crap ton of did-you-knows about aquatic living, and to this day, I know more about float homes than most people are ever exposed to.

3. How to keep it sharp. Most writing projects have a word limit. For instance, I shoot for 1000 words when it comes to newsletters, and about 500 for articles. For Tweets, it’s even less: 140 characters. That means making each sentence count. The flip side of this is that I’ve been kind of stunted. I can crank out short stories and novellas fine, but I struggle with length. So just be careful about that. Believe me. Nothing more frustrating than plotting out a 50k novel just to top out at 20k.

4. How to self-edit. Kind of obvious, but freelancers have to polish their own stuff. Sometimes, clients will make little changes, but the writer must know their way about the grammar-go-round. No one’s going to hire a freelancer if their writing sample is chock-full of more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese.

5. How to stick to a deadline. Deadlines are super important. Ever finished an assignment the night before it’s due? When there’s an immediate cut-off, there’s no time to wait for inspiration to beam down from the heavens. We don’t have a choice but to take matters into our own hands – and that’s when the magic happens.

6. How to treat writing like the serious profession it is. Like accountants, freelancers exist in the frame of mind where writing is our livelihood. Once that mental shift occurs, writing becomes a hell of a lot easier. It’s not just a catharsis. It’s a career. And that’s what it’s all about.

you know what? I want lupita in every film. I want her doing romantic comedies where she’s an assistant at a dead end job for some magazine company and she doesn’t know how to advance so she quits and becomes a freelance writer and all the while, the dopey boy next door is hopelessly in love with her and he can never tell her because she’s beautiful and his knees turn into jello around her. she doesn’t notice until he literally goes off on a monologue about how he’s loved her since the first time they met and he’s been waiting for the right time to tell her but it never felt like the right time. and they kiss passionately and get married yay happy endings !!

also how about lupita in an action film. she’s ex-military and of course she was in some exclusive branch that no one ever talks about. that branch becomes corrupt and she notices so she quits. but she knows too much so they come after her and she’s fighting for her life but she’s doing it single handedly and honestly, she’s a badass. there’s a lot of jumping from building roof tops, helicopter vs. car scenes, explosions in the background as she walks away in slow motion. in the end, she runs the organization and keeps it clean.

finally I wanna see lupita in a cop drama thriller about a casual rainy day that turns deadly when a teenage girl’s body floats on the shore of some mysterious lake in town. lupita plays a detective who always ends up with the cold cases but this time she believes she can actually solve this one. her partner is a total dope she half the time she does all the work. eventually, more and more bodies pile up and she’s running out of time before someone else is assigned to the case. can she find the killer in time?? (spoiler: she does, and you would have never guessed who the killer was!!)

give lupita every lead role there is please.

Diversity in writing: the No Excuses edition

Or rather, don’t let your fear keep you from writing diverse characters whose experiences are not your own.

From Superheroes in Full Color on Tumblr:

“I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.

Just make sure you iron them out before the final draft. Make sure you do your homework. Make sure your early readers include people who are a part of the culture you’re writing about. Make sure your editor has the insider knowledge to help you out. If they don’t, consider hiring a freelance editor who does.

Also, it’s okay if stereotypes emerge in the first drafts of your colleagues. Correct them – definitely correct them – but do so in a spirit of generosity. Remember how soul-wrenching the act of writing is, how much courage it took for that writer to put words down on a page.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

Author Gene Luen Yang on writing diverse characters

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Have you ever wanted someone to write fanfiction about your OC? Have you ever had a hard time finding fics for that one really specific ship/kink/AU? Do you just want a story about your Inquisitor/Gemsona/Shep/Courier/etc and not somebody else’s? Does your Avengers-obsessed BFF have a birthday coming up?

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The travel at least had the decency to go quickly. The planet, when they arrived, looked to be in the early stages of colonization. Lapis, who had never been off of the Homeworld, was stunned by how  desolate it all looked. There was nothing, nothing at all, for miles around them. Nothing but water, waves everywhere. And the sky was blue. Lapis had never seen anything like it. Neither had any of the others with her. It was rare for a low caste to leave the Homeworld at all. She supposed that many of the gems around her considered themselves lucky. A few were even smiling. Lapis just wanted to go home. This was pretty. But Homeworld was everything.

- from To Belong To You, pre-SU Jaspis gemshipping trashcan fic

The family’s donkey brayed half-heartedly at him from where it was tied, munching on grass by the squat stone garden wall. It had been raining all day, and the loose garden soil was squishy beneath his bare feet. The air smelled fresh and salty. Stillwater always did after the rains, coastal town that it was. It was warming up now, the sun peeking out from behind the clouds in fractured white-gold rays. It was pretty, in the way a child couldn’t quite appreciate yet. To Tarik, it was just home. As mundane and expected as any other day, no matter how lovely.It didn’t take him long to spot the requested herb in the garden. Thyme was a bushy plant, light green with white circling the edges of each of the tiny leaves. The boy crouched down in the dirt, taking care not to muddy the knees of his trousers, knowing that wouldn’t please his mother. He took in handfuls of the wiry stems and pulled, crushing enough of the leaves in the process to release the faint aroma of the herb. Spicy and green and wonderful.

- from a commissioned OC childhood flashback story


If you’re still sitting there thinking “Oh but she won’t write MY thing…” Yes. Yes I will. You’d be amazed what I’ve written in more than a year of commissions. Nothing fazes me.

I’ve been writing for years and have been published in two literary magazines. I’ve won prizes and been a finalist for several competitions. I write freelance and on commission and have done so for over a year now. I’m also a total geek who all but lives on tumblr - just like you. I know what you’re talking about when you tell me what you want.

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