Saturday, 9 July 2011
Finding your Writing Rhythm
I always knew I had a penchant for writing but had no idea what life as a freelance writer would look like when I decided to journey down that path. I could always find my way around a paragraph or ‘turn of phrase’ but it had always been for someone else while I was collecting a monthly paycheck for doing it. Writing always took up a huge chunk of time throughout my PR career, whether it was press releases and company profiles, letters and memos, scripts or speeches. All I know is that I was never so happy as when I had a writing project that would keep me at my desk, crafting the best messages and using the most impactful words I could find to reach our audience.
For three years now I have been freelance copy writing for a variety of companies and industries and have been thoroughly enjoying it. I have also interspersed writing with conducting writing workshops and communications training. I will continue to do so as my expat journey continues, as it’s the most portable career around. But I have found another path with very new direction leading me to book writing and editing. I hope that I can do both simultaneously! I have my first book contract deadline looming with Summertime Publishing (I’ll share more on the editing and publishing process as I go through it) and am continuing to work with just a couple regular copywriting clients and… So far, so good! It’s great variety and both keep me motivated to write every day. Since I’ve been freelancing I wake up every morning, very happy about the day ahead because I know I’ll be writing.
What keeps you writing?