You are gracious with the tone of your reply, Elizabeth. Frankly, I wondered if you were a "real" person or some clever entity created to promote Playboy
. Obviously, you are the real deal. One never knows here in cyberspace.
I'd written a reply on Saturday, but chose the Nexus 7 as the instrument, pecking one letter at a time with my right index finger. Alas, I struck the wrong key and presto! The Google+ page and text vanished. Nothing of import was lost other than a few minutes of time, but who's counting?
A freelance writer oft spends more time cultivating editors and sources, rustlin' for assignments, building networks, negotiating, and getting paid than she does exercising the pen and keyboard.
Back when I played the game, my ace-in-the-hole was the ability to see a story amidst the puzzles and haze of event and personality. The world is rich with potential for the writer who sees culture and society as an endless series of stories.
Eventually I moved away from journalism into advertising, marketing, and public relations. Ghost writing books was another lucrative gig. I learned early that as long as I kept my ego in the background and wrote in the voice and style of my clients, the inflow of work remained steady. They can have the byline. I'll take the check.
One of my favorite genres was writing and directing corporate audio-visual productions to sell products, services, or ideas to a sharply targeted market. For the writer, creating the "heard" word takes on a totally different character than the "read" word.
OK. You caught me. I'm adding my two-bits to your original premise -- though I'll admit, writing for hire was always glamorous to me. Any tips or insight we can offer to up-and-coming writers adds real value to the universe.
Nothing boring about your work. Anyway, one of my masters taught me that boredom comes from within -- an admonishment not necessary with No Final Drafts.
All the best with your new blog. And stay in touch!
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