Freelance Wordsmith Toolbelt

Freelance mercenary, huh?  I’m a freelance wordsmith, myself, fancy meeting you here in this tavern.  Would you like to know my secret?  This is not my real face.  This is my Facebook face and the one underneath it is not my face either, that’s my Twitter face.  Oh and the next one is my Linked In face.  We all have a face.  This one’s my WordPress face.  Most wordsmithing jobs are online and the client can’t see your face.  So what do you have to prove to them you are who you say you are, you have a sense of humor, you like what you like and you are supported by dozens of doting friends?  Easy.  Facebook.  You are funny and witty and interested in the topic they want you to write about?  Twitter.  You are a working professional who is connected to other working professionals?  Linked In.  And you are a writer…who can actually write.  Well, check out my awesome WordPress site. 

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Twitter, Facebook, Linked in, and WordPress are now my apprentice wordsmith’s homework.  More about style and content in the next blog. 

Update

So I went to God and found out about living for myself.

Just went to the hospital, Millwood Hospital, in Arlington, TX. I loved it and hated it at the same time.  Loved being trapped with a bunch of insane people.  It reminded me of my childhood and school.  We were all supposed to talk about our problems and there were the occasional hookup.  I got crushing on the cute boys, and there was a popular kid table.  Very much like school for adults.  Remedial school.

I learned that I have to fight for my right to be heard.  Speak up for myself, like the way that I write.  Be comfortable in my own skin.   Even if I have to get naked to do it.

I’m going to school this semester as crazy as that sounds.  I’m taking a new informatics rhetoric class and an advanced poetry class.  Two physics classes.  No wonder I went insane.  Well, I’m back with my feet on the ground, ready to write up the world and hopefully not turn into Sylvia Plath in the process.

As for contests, I haven’t looked into them much.  I’d really like to sink my teeth into some juicy prompts, but life got in the way.  I will be looking and chronicling my writing for contests, and as well my writing for freelance work.  I opened up the first freelance ad and what do I find?  They need a blog.  Some published content.  And that ‘s my story of how this post was born.

So where to start?

Google?   Have I not used them to look up a million things in the past few days?  I say, with a mixture of guilt and pleasure. 

First things first, I’m thinking of starting by making a list of all the possibilities out there.  A definitive list.  Looking back on all the experience I’ve had such list making will be ridiculous and drive me in circles, grasping at straws, not really give direction. 

Instead look at people who are successful home workers.  They followed their passion, what they knew.  To stop such amazing people from following their pursuits would be a shame. 

The pursuits I hold dear to my heart are knitting, quilting, sewing, crafting, and home decorating, for a start. 

I like baking.  Twerking recipies, to use an often misused term.  Martha Stewart is my bestie! 

So I’ll go from there.  Ravelry.com, here I come.  Purple quilt, you’ll get your backing.  Get scrappy with the scrapbook! Cross-stitch-x, marks the spot. 

Just Desserts

I’m going to post this once and then we will see what you say. 

Im consigning myself to the house.  Firma.  I don’t deserve a job.  I deserve working at home, whatever that entails. 

Some ideas that come to mind are YouTube vids, writing freelance, and, of course blogging. 

There’s so much that goes on under the radar with home job schemes, so I’m hoping I’ll not get sucked under.  In fact, I’m quite good at spotting them. 

I am afraid.  I’m afraid I don’t deserve a job.

1rst Scholarship Essay, Completed.

What are your educational goals?

My goal for college is to get complete financial aid for the spring and fall semesters of 2015 at the University of Texas at Arlington.  I have over $34,000 in student loans and probably will be paying for a long time to come, so to complete a semester debt free would be a dream for me.  As for my purpose is to graduate with a BA in Communications.  Reasons to get a Bachelors in Communications are to get a job in a flexible field and because I have so many classes in communications that it will only take me a year to graduate.  Another reason behind my purpose is to get a MA in Library Science.  I am passionate about books and helping people.  I will take several steps to get there: applying to UTA, giving a doctor’s note explaining my condition, writing an explanation to excuse the two classes I dropped in 2013, and completing scholarships such as these.  I have dropped some classes my last semester at UTA due to my disability of depression and mild psychosis.  I couldn’t focus on more than one class at a time so, I dropped two.  However, my mental illnesses are in remission due to medication and therapy and I feel I can take a whole course load.  My motivation is my family and making them proud of me, and as for God and me, I believe the best place is the campus where I can be trained and learn to serve Him.   Thank you.

contests

I am almost thirty and I have never won a contest (anyone who lived in hornsby/burleson 2005 will contest that this is absolutely not true-I won contest by the local radio station-Muse concert tickets, so in fact I have won a contest, but I mean a real merit based contest in which I enter some work for evaluation).  My loving mother would remind me that in 8th grade, I won honorable mention on a goofy growing up poem, so technically I have won a merit-based contest before, just bear with me here.

I may have won a contest before, but there’s no reason not to start now and document my trials and tribulations doing so.

Feelings embarking upon this journey are mixed-extreme fear that as a failure in life I will never win anything, fear that my escapades will not be funny enough for you dear reader, and a slight elation that I am doing this at all and that its a free country and and we don’t all wear burkas.

That and the cicadas chirping outside my window on a Texas tween summer and autumn night and I say its pretty good idea from here on out.

I have no idea what contest to try and the cost of anything. Maybe a poetry or writing contest.  Definitely not a bikini contest, I am such a fattie, and while that may not be for me, I bet there are all kinds of cool contests out there.

If I win a contest I will put any monetary rewards towards winning another contest and I will put a 20 dollar bill into a poor man’s cup.  I will also share the glory Emmy style in a video blog where I thank God, everyone under the Sun, and my family-forever you never cease to be a source of support for me.

 

so English being my field in college, and having written a number of poems……

I found a number different sites on the web which had poetry contests.  The ones I responded to were The American Literary Review, which has a $15 dollar fee and a $1000 prize and The Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature which has a $1000 award and a $25 fee for entry.

What drew me to these contests is that one has a topic-music-and the other one has a relatively low entry fee.  The latter is more generic and the first is more costly.  These are the ones I pick for now, but I’m still looking.  Both of these were found on Poets&Writers.com.

I am nervous and a little edgy.  I haven’t written poetry in more than a year but looking over my past writings I was not any good.  What constitutes good poetry?  Is it OK to pray for better writing skills? These questions and more flit past my heart.

Goal Worksheet

  1. Define what you want to achieve. “Not” other people’s goals for you.

  2. Not what your parents want or your spouse wants or anyone else. What do you want?

  3. And how badly to do you want it?

  4. Will you die disappointed if you don’t achieve it?

  5. Will you feel like a failure?

  6. Or will you shrug and move onto the next thing?

  7. Make a list of what gets in the way of that achievement. If everything you list comes from the outside, then you have another problem

  8. If everything you list comes from the inside you also have a problem

  9. excuses. Other people have succeeded in your industry. Figure out how they did it, and then try it yourself.

  10. full-time freelance, realize that your hobby has just become your job.

  11. What made you go to your day job every morning?

  12. What made you stay there?

  13. What made you work on days when you felt crummy?

  14. What made you work on days when you had somewhere better to go?!

  15. Always listen to industry pros; even if they wind up being wrong, you’ll learn from the experience.

  16. Seek criticism, not praise. Knowing what’s wrong will help you improve.

  17. Be ready and willing to rewrite and edit, a lot.

  18. Read what’s currently selling.

  19. Don’t take rejection personally. This is a business, so be businesslike.

  20. Make sure the Work is free from typos, spelling errors, and formatting problems.

  21. Never give up..Actually some things are extremely difficult to give up…they are written in your heart.

  22. WRITE WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT, THEN TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SELL IT. What are you passionate about?

  23. Do good work and then put it where people can see it. What is your good work. What the hell is work? Love made visible.

  24. After 10 books, 12 years, and 460 rejections, my dream had finally come true. If you haven’t gotten rejected as much as this guy, you should still keep trying.

  25. fasting How much have you fasted? Give it up for a while, and you will learn that if you still desire it it is true and if it feels better to give it up then maybe it’s not for you.

  26. Secrets how much have you ?hid this properly? Do you feel invisible when you do this?

  27. Can you pretend you do this well? It’s not who you think you are that’s holding you back, but who you think you aren’t.

  28. What Money is needed

  29. How much time?

  30. How much energy will you need?

  31. What timing action do you need to have? Does it make you impatient? Too early. Does it make you feel lazy: too late.

  32. How much faith that this will work? If not, work the (people bullying you into silence) doubt, misbelief, belief pyramid. Or saving 20%, wants 30%, Needs 50%

  33. Do you have the people resources? Are you interested in sharing this? If not, you might have a problem.

  34. Are you doing this for someone who can do nothing for you? Can you give this away?

  35. Do you have the desire? Does it make you want to stay awake?

  36. Is what your doing needed and will you be able to give back a portion of it?

  37. Can you do it when it bores the dickens out of you?

  38. Does it make you level?

  39. talent the zoe factor, timing, spirituality, and needs all kind of factor in with this.

  40. Can you do it? If not can you find/get someone else who can do it?

  41. Can you do it in the future if you practice a little bit everyday?

  42. Can you find a position similarly that uses your strengths?

  43. I start my day with quiet time. I go to my desk in my small study and sit in stillness. Have a quiet time of reflection with your goal. Plan it. Make it happen, it will prepare you.

  44. have you prayed about this?

  45. When you have finished, give your entry a title. Take a few moments to do this. Naming is important; it gives your work recognition and will make it easier to find an entry again.

  46. The first component, inspiration, comes from my trust in writing as a way of life: a trust nourished by practice. It is a habit. A person who writes has the habit of writing. Thusly, make a habit and a practice to build trust. Inspiration comes from trust.

  47. Are people telling you how to “fix” it? “You need new supporters or better ignorancies.

  48. Are you still making mistakes with it? If you are, then you are on the right track, gloriously!

  49. Are you fooling people?

  50.  Make up your own question.

Xources:

One year to a writing life: twelve letters to deepen every writer’s craft and art. by Susan M. Tiberghien

Nicholson, Scott; Gayle Lynds; Kevin J. Anderson; M.J. Rose; Heather Graham; Douglas Clegg; Alexandra Sokoloff; J.A. Konrath; Harley Jane Kozak; Jonathan Maberry (2010-04-13). Write Good or Die (Kindle Location 2390). Haunted Computer Books. Kindle Edition.

 

How to Become an Expert

There are three things to do to become an expert.

Firstly you must have broad then specific experiences.

secondly you must have a large body of knowledge  that only you can understand.

thirdly you must be able to impart these experiences to others. This is the main goal of becoming an expert.

experience things and this is how we become an expert.

and I say this tentatively, by reading or research and listening to other’s experience.

How do you get a certain type of experience? Trying new things. Key to this: Don’t do it alone. Join a group, make some friends. Get a boyfriend or girlfriend, recconect, connect, nect, ct. If you can’t do this, get a dog or a cat or make freinds online on a social forum.

Go places.
Do things
See people

EXPER ience to become an EXPER t.

Breathe  out.

To breathe something out.

To test.  an expiriment.