writing for work

Demands of the Trade

Since I started freelancing I’ve been writing more and more….interesting things. I have done product reviews, I have done articles on tech support and skin tags. I have a job coming up where I need to write 8 individual articles about Home Renovations to fit the style of the 8 destination websites. And they’re due in 25 hours.

I know I can’t pick what I write about, which is kind of sad. I’m not established enough to do something like that and I don’t even know how I would go about doing that. I have applied to do an intern-ship writing for a site that I actually use and enjoy. They won’t review the application until the deadline is up, which is in December and it’s not a paid position. But that’s okay. The more experience the better.

I guess today I’m just feeling overwhelmed when it comes to writing. I have personal writing I want to do, freelance writing I need to do and writing for work that I need to start thinking about.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a bit of a break and the articles aren’t due for quite some time. It’s the occupational hazard of the craft. I’m sure many people would agree with me on this as it can be crazy.

I submitted a draft blog-style post to my co-workers for them to pick apart and suggest changes for. I know they would only be giving suggestions from an unbiased and constructive viewpoint but it still makes me nervous. I wonder how much they are expecting and I worry about not meeting those expectations.

It will get better and I will get more confident. I suppose it’s just been a long time since my writing skills were desired and potentially respected.

I will brave the storm and see where this takes me!

Posted by Sarah Jayne in Rantings, 0 comments

Bringing Writing to Work

I was asked to write a blog-style piece for my job the other day. Part of what my Day Job is involves providing customer service via online chat, e-mail or telephone to users of one of our websites. We have a section where we wanted to write more blog-style posts to help connect with our users and offer them support and tips with their educational goals.

So I wrote a piece and I am now nervous as hell to let my co-workers read it. I get the honour of working with very talented people and I am just deathly afraid that my post won’t be good enough. I don’t take criticism well sometimes, especially with writing and especially when I can put faces to the critics. I know I’ll get over it but I’m still nervous nonetheless at this point in time.

I’ve been slyly working onĀ TAK during my lunch breaks. Like I mentioned before I had the mapping for the novel roughly written out. I think I’ll spend some time today to make that more solid. I’m not used to mapping as I usually just write and see where it goes. Not that that’s a bad thing, but mapping isn’t a bad thing either. It helps me flesh some stuff out and notice any potential inconsistencies.

I’ve gotten some more freelance work which makes me happy. I also applied for an unpaid internship with an anime website I frequent regularly.

It’s actual lunchtime now, so I’m going to go get started on that mapping. I have a new pen for the job and everything!

Posted by Sarah Jayne in My Book Stuff, 0 comments