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I may do. There's one in a local pub that looks alright. I guess I should really! What's the worst that can happen? Nobody like it & life goes on!
Plus, if you've done enough practise then it's no doubt that you're better than you think. I wouldn't mind hearing something?
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Plus, if you've done enough practise then it's no doubt that you're better than you think. I wouldn't mind hearing something?
Might record some later & see how it sounds .
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Might record some later & see how it sounds .
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Is it true that people who are terrible at writing turn to erotica? Although I haven't personally read 50 Shades of Grey, I hear that it is terribly written.
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What subjects and grades did you get at AS and A2 level?
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What is your opinion of piracy?
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Why is a raven like a writing desk?
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Is it true that people who are terrible at writing turn to erotica? Although I haven't personally read 50 Shades of Grey, I hear that it is terribly written.
Just because one book is terribly written doesn't mean they all are. Anyway I don't do erotica novels, they're short stories. Usually up to 3,000 words. The type of people who pay for my stories aren't too interested in waiting for the juicy bits, lol.


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What subjects and grades did you get at AS and A2 level?
AS Level I got ABBBC and A2 I got BBBC.


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What is your opinion of piracy?
Totally against it, naturally.


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Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Nobody knows....
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Which university did you go to?
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Which university did you go to?
Liverpool Hope, to do psychology I enjoyed it very much & made some lovely friends!
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I do, definitely.

And I'm not working right now, I'm posting on a forum procrastinating from work . Out of complete interest which part of the sentence do you have a problem with? Haha.
Gave*
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What advice would you give to an aspiring writer? Not a freelance writer, but an aspiring one. Not an unemployed writer, but a a person who's hobby is writing.

Extra note: This hobbyist does not use pen and paper to write. So, don't think that you're giving advice to a pen-paper writer. This writer's pen is his imagination and his paper is infinity.
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I've just finished my journalism degree and finding it really hard to get work, so I'm considering starting freelance work. Where do you find potential clients to?
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She hasn't done it yet. She sends her edits through on a Saturday morning.


(Original post by How Are You?)
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer? Not a freelance writer, but an aspiring one. Not an unemployed writer, but a a person who's hobby is writing.

Extra note: This hobbyist does not use pen and paper to write. So, don't think that you're giving advice to a pen-paper writer. This writer's pen is his imagination and his paper is infinity.
Write as much as possible, gain as much feedback as possible. Whenever you feel inspiration jot it down however you can at the time, read things you like and try writing short stories in the styles of your favourite authors (fan fiction can be fun). Maybe try to write for a local publication, like a magazine or a newspaper, if that's an option where you live.


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I've just finished my journalism degree and finding it really hard to get work, so I'm considering starting freelance work. Where do you find potential clients to?
I use peopleperhour.com and elance.com to get most of my work. I have also used freelancer.com in the past, in fact that's where I started, but it's quite difficult to get your first job on there.
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Cool, thanks what advice would you give to help land your first freelance job? And without asking too much of a personal question would you say you earn enough from your freelance work to live comfortably? Pay rent, bills etc?
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Cool, thanks what advice would you give to help land your first freelance job? And without asking too much of a personal question would you say you earn enough from your freelance work to live comfortably? Pay rent, bills etc?
I worked for almost free, just to get some feedback and make contacts. But I was in the lucky position that I had savings to support myself at the beginning.

Yep I do earn enough, but you have to be good at saving and balancing things, because you might make say £3,000 one month and then only £1,000 the month after. I always make sure I have enough money in accessible savings to pay 3 months worth of rent/bills etc so if anything happens I can hopefully look for another job without starving in the meantime.
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She hasn't done it yet. She sends her edits through on a Saturday morning.
In which case it's still grammatically incorrect, just in a different way.
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In which case it's still grammatically incorrect, just in a different way.
Ok. Well that's what my editor's for anyway .
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Well most threads are kind of light hearted fun, that's what I meant .

The only thing you can do is practice. Read as much as you can, write as much as you can. There's a forum on here where people post excerpts of things they've written, that might help as people can give you advice. Most people's grammar is poor. Mine certainly isn't perfect, but everything I write then goes to an editor to tighten it up anyway so it doesn't really matter as long as it's fairly accurate.




I wrote my first book in 2012 as part of NaNoWriMo (Google if you don't know what that is) and self published it. It was on sale for about 8 months but only ever sold just over 1,000 copies which is nothing in comparison to established authors. Although it did make enough money to cover the time I spent writing it so that's okay. I pulled it from sale because a client of mine said she could put me in touch with her agent - which she did - so we're now preparing for it to be published properly. And that takes A LOT of work. It's slow going because I'm busy with other things, but I'm fairly positive about it.

I also have 4 other books which are written but not edited at all. Those are definitely on a back burner until the first one is out, though.

I struggle with actually writing books because obviously I don't get paid for them there and then, so I have to make sure I have enough paid work to pay the bills.

I do have a number of eBooks on Amazon which bring in royalties but they're not selling that well, it's only really enough for a decent meal out each month to be fair. But it's not bad as I got an upfront fee for the eBooks so I was paid anyway.
I'm doing NaNo this year! As you can see I'm a little wound up waiting for it too start. What was your book about?
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Ok. Well that's what my editor's for anyway .
I thought you proofread it lol
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