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Dabbling for Dollars . . . .

When Is a Writer a Writer?
by Alyice Edrich
Copyright 2005, Alyice Edrich

A writer is someone who loves the written word and writes. Each writer writes for a different reason, some write for the mere satisfaction of seeing pen to paper. Others write because it releases the stresses of the day. Others write to clear the mind and find solutions to problems. Others write because it is freeing to the soul. And still others write because it unleashes the creative mind.

I heard it once said, "to not write, would mean utter death to my soul." And how true that is. Writing has a way of shaping minds, changing attitudes, and bringing about compassion.

So when does one become a published writer? A writer becomes published only when she perseveres through piles upon piles of rejection slips and doesn't give up. The writer doesn't give up because her passion for writing won't let her quit; not because she knows that "there is money to be made in them tharn hills."

When starting out as a writer, remember that you don't have to take every crappy deal that comes your way. It's okay to take a few "write for free" clients, so that you can build up your clips and show prospective clients that you can meet deadlines. It's even okay to "write for free" for causes that you believe in; but you can't pay the bills this way. Believe in yourself and stand up for what you are worth.

Taking small jobs is a great way to build up to the bigger ones. It allows you to prove your talents. It also helps writers learn to gracefully accept rejections and requests for rewrites.

Writing filler articles pays minimal but writers can use those ideas to expand on other articles, for more money.

While "Write for Hire" sites own all rights to the writer's work, these sites are steady income and can help to build up a writer's confidence. The downside, is that some "write for hire" jobs cannot be seen outside of the company they were written for, while other "write for hire" jobs are published without the writers knowing where to find their articles. And still, some "write for hire" articles don't even give the writers a byline.

One thing to keep in mind when one "writes for hire" is that it means that the owner can resell the work and make a profit, but the author (or writer) gets nothing more than the original fee given at the time the article was sold.

When choosing which market to write for, the writer must decide the purpose of her writing. Is it merely to see one's name in print? Is it to change the views of others? Is it to pay the bills? Or is it a combination of things? No matter what the reason, finding goals, setting them, and taking small steps to reach those goals every day, is what makes a writer a "published" writer.

So when does a writer feel like a writer? The answer is a simple paradox, "when doesn't a writer feel like a writer?"

Tid-Bits Book CoverAlyice Edrich is an affordable freelance writer specializing in how-to articles and Q&A interviews for the Web. To view her freelance writing rates, or to hire her for your next writing project, visit http://alyiceedrich.net.















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