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Rupert Wolfe Murray
Travel writer and author of 9 Months in Tibet. I like to help people travel and writer better
Travel writer and author of 9 Months in Tibet. I like to help people travel and writer better
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Have you ever wanted to publishing an ebook? It's quite easy to do but there are hundreds of reasons (inside our heads) for not doing one. In this short article I list five reasons why you should do an ebook, and if anyone is on that so-called 'journey' get in touch as I've been trying to work this out for ages and I really love helping people to get out of the confusion that I've just emerged from...https://wolfemurray.com/ebook-idiots-guide/
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Journalism works like this: a story “breaks” and all the media channels start writing (or talking) about it. For a few days it’s all over the media. Then it’s forgotten. An interesting question is: who says what stories are relevant? But I’m not going to get into that as it’s the road to conspiracy theories (and that is where madness lies).

Outside the media organisations are thousands of people like me (freelance writers, PR consultants) clamouring to get stuff published. We’re offering ideas for articles or TV programmes and trying to promote things. “Go away,” is the universal reply from the media, “we’re very busy and important and you’re not. Piss off. We set the news agenda and your pathetic pitch doesn’t fit. Go and buy some advertising.”

What the freelance writer needs to do is keep an eye on the media and see if he (or she) can add something to the latest news story. Trouble is the media’s revenues have been taken away by the likes of Facebook and Google so the Guardian, for example, pay the same pittance (£80) for a long feature article as they did in the 1990s. It’s so hard to make a living out of journalism that I gave up trying years ago.

But sometimes a news story comes up where I really do have something to say and the first part of this article is my take on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The bastards tried to recruit me and I look back now with a sigh of relief that I managed to dodge that particular bullet. I mentioned it on Facebook, spoke to the Associated Press and for a day my story was all over the Romanian news (I got my fifteen minutes of fame). Then Craig Turp, who runs a “think tank” in Romania called Emerging Europe, asked me a simple question that resulted in the following article. He asked me “what happened” and you can see the result on his website (here) or below the next paragraph.

The second part of this article is about my ethical code, the thing that saved me from Cambridge Analytica. I imagine that being recruited by them would be like joining the mafia or an intelligence agency – you’d never be able to move on; even if they would let you go you’d be unable to find ethical work as your reputation would be in ruins.

My ethical code has its roots in the ancient religions and now it has been tested by the most modern technologies; how did it cope? I’ve used it for over 30 years but this is the first time I’ve written about it.

Follow this link to see more...

https://wolfemurray.com/cambridge-analytica-and-my-ethical-code/
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I just published another short story by Tom Wigan. It's set on a train and I love it. Please add a comment (under the article rather than on FB) as comments are really encouraging for budding writers.
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I just posted an article about cycling in Nepal and I would be REALLY GRATEFUL if you would add a comment under it. Feedback, however negative, is what keeps me going as a sometime-travel-writer. Thanks..
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When I was in Nepal this Spring I wrote a load of articles, including this one. I put them on hold when my Mum died. I think it's a useful article as it gives an insight into what really goes on in the aid world...I'm not saying it's totally corrupt but I am saying there is a lot of exaggeration when it comes to news coverage of things like the earthquake in Nepal. I thought all of Kathmandu was in ruins but I was so wrong. Some people are doing great work, including the American I wrote about here. As always, I would be so grateful if you would add a comment under the article itself as this feedback motivates me to write more (and it's a lot more motivating than the pennies the newspapers pay for articles these days)....x
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Would you like a short story for the weekend?

Try this one, which I have just published, by Tom Wigan

I love it.
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I just published this article and would really appreciate your feedback...
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NEW ARTICLE ON MY BLOG: An ordinary subject (a bookclub) but the writer's alienation makes me laugh. Please leave a comment if you like it: https://wolfemurray.com/bookclub/
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I just wrote an article about BURNOUT and I would really appreciate your comment under the article, on my blog: https://wolfemurray.com/burnout/
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I've been creatively stuck since my Mum died but this slideshow of photos about her has helped me to reach the end of a long dark tunnel. I stumbled across the music almost by chance and I love it. I hope you do too. Here it is: http://wolfemurray.com/slideshow-about-stephanie-wolfe-murray/
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