Freelancing or Blogging-Where to Start by Cher’ley

Me profile -3-29-2016This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Request before death–A murderer, sitting in the electric chair, was about to be executed.”Have you any last requests? asked the chaplain. “Yes,” replied the murderer. “Will you hold my hand?” Break the Chains humor.

Sometimes I want a break from writing novels, or short stories, but I still want to write. I’ve been kind of looking at Freelance Writing. I did not start with searching for jobs, I started by seeing what I needed to know to do Freelance Writing.

Here are some things I discovered during my research into this new and scary field. For more check out Thirty Days of Writing Tips http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/30-days-of-writing-tips-archive/

  1. Check and Double Check for errors.
  2. Read it out loud.
  3. Time your writing—If you are having fun time passes too quickly. Allow enough time. Just like this blog. I knew like everyone’s post, it was due by midnight 0- 1, or actually should be finished the day before and scheduled to post at 12:01 or I like to post at 1:01 am, on the 15th , if I wait until the 15th to write it, it’s too late. I’ve missed my deadline.

What can you give? Not free samples, but of yourself. Your knowledge, your time, etc.

How is web-writing different than print-writing?

We scan on screen, therefore, short paragraphs tend to work better than long. The same is true of short sentences. Leave lots of white space. Use photos to help convey your thoughts.

And all of us know, people are busy, very busy. So if you want your blog or story read, go light. Use a lot of photos, short paragraphs, short sentences, and short posts. But, fill them with quality. If someone takes the time to read your writing they should feel like they are taking something away.

The JourneyBack 3

 

I just recently gave away several copies of The Journey Back—One Joy at a Time. I hope people feel that they took a lot away with this short book, and from what I’ve heard they did.  Here is a poem I wrote for the book:

One Joy at a Time

Deep in sorrow,

crushed by my thoughts,

I cannot raise my head from this pillow,

nor my eyes unto heaven.

Feelings of being forsaken, forgotten and fooled,

traipse through my mind and my heart.

I am broken.

 

The journey ahead of me is a long one

and I fear I will never be the same.

Day and night pass

and then another day and night.

A sheep that has been slaughtered,

no, not slaughtered, only sheared.

I give in to numbness.

 

News of joy

breaks through to my being.

I lift my head to heaven.

Relief, even if brief, lifts my soul.

I am renewed, I accept.

The way back from deep sorrow is long.

One joy at a time.

write-rewrite-symbol There really are only three secrets or keys to a well-paying successful freelance writing career.

  1. Write
  2. Rewrite
  3. Market

***Do you have anything you’d like to add? Do you Freelance?***

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

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18 Responses to Freelancing or Blogging-Where to Start by Cher’ley

  1. Joe Stephens says:

    I looked at freelancing and am still considering trying to crack into it. I just don’t know if I have the time, though. I can compose pretty quickly, but the research it seems like it would take to write articles on subjects I don’t already know is the part that gives me pause.

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  2. I already folow these tips. They’re good.

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  3. Good post, Cherley, and I love your new photo. I had all the feelings you invoke in your post and until I became ill I was actually writing my novel and freelancing at the same time. I like the freelancing because there is research (which I love) and the fact that most of the articles are short. I didn’t find that it interfered with my regular writing and the icing on the cake is that we were at our summer place and I could sit on the deck and listen to the birds and watch the lake as I wrote. Hopefully I’ll get back into the groove this summer as I haven’t written anything on my new novel except a coupld of chapters and no freelancing at all. Good luck with it – you’ll enjoy it and there are lots of jobs out there.

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  4. Neva Bodin says:

    Like you, I have thought of free lancing, but worry that my busy life will interfere. However, I may actually retire from nursing in the coming year and then I will have less schedules–maybe. I seem to fill in any spaces in my life quite quickly. But you gave good tips and inspiration to consider. I’m betting you will have success.

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  5. I’ve been planning to try freelancing as well as write book reviews for a bookseller newsletter. I’m hoping to make money with personal essay writing and submitting to online publications.

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    • Wranglers says:

      I know what you mean. I do so much now, do I want to add anything else? I want to do some ballroom and square dance lessons this winter. But I may try it. I used to write for the writer mills. I really enjoyed it. Cher’ley

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    • Wranglers says:

      I’d like to find a few places I could write for to earn a little money. I think I would enjoy it too. Thanks for reading. Cher’ley

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  6. Doris says:

    Fabulous. The poem, very good. I wish you well on this new endeavor. I’m currently reading the book “Writing for the Web”. Pretty interesting. Doris

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  7. katewyland says:

    I did some freelancing years back and it can be fun–but not particularly lucrative. Right now I’m trying to clear out all the drug residue and regain some focus so I can finish my third book. There are so many opportunities now, why not give it a try?

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  8. Nancy Jardine says:

    The variety in freelancing might be nice but like Kate indicates, I think, finding the places to get the work published would take a lot of time and effort, Cher’ley. I’m guessing you’d have to be a bit more organised than when writing a novel. The marketing/ self-publicity aspects probably wouldn’t be much different, but ‘a change is as good as a rest’!

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  9. I love freelancing as I get to write so many different articles, and I find it interesting. I also have to learn a lot. However, I’m not freelancing enough to make it a career due to financial obligations, but it is a goal of mine, especially as I edge closer to retirement. Once I get debts paid off, I do look to make freelancing a career. I have several “regular gigs” now and added another this year… but I’ll also lose one this year, which has been very lucrative. It’s hard to get started, but not impossible. Wishing you well, Cher’ley, as you consider freelance work.

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  10. Mike Staton says:

    Over the years I’ve done some freelancing. Even did a couple of stories last year for the North Carolina weekly I worked for before retiring — a piece on the Pluto unmanned probe and a story on my January release of my last fantasy novel. It can bring in some extra spending money, but does take up a lot of time, especially if there’s lots of interviews required. If I was to get into it again, I think I’d become a travel writer. Lots of travel magazines out there always looking for stories. Gayle has found a nice niche doing animal-related stories.

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  11. Kathy Waller says:

    In theory, I’d like to freelance. I’m not sure I’d be good at it, though. Writing is one thing; research and marketing, another. I tend to research things to death, leaving little time for writing. Telling lies on paper is easier.

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  12. S J Brown says:

    I’ve played with the idea of freelancing, but just played I haven’t looked into it seriously. In theory it would be nice, but it would take time away from other things like critters. So for now it is just a maybe someday thing. I already have so many pans in the fire.

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