This 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/
- Check and Double Check for errors.
- Read it out loud.
- 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.
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.
There really are only three secrets or keys to a well-paying successful freelance writing career.
***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.