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Great way to brush up on your writing skills

If you have found my blog, no doubt you have already discovered WordPress’s Weekly Writing Challenge. Check it out here:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/writing-challenge-dna/

I plan on giving one a go. Between nappies, bottles and tantrums I plan on trying to put a little piece together on this weeks topic.

Here is an excerpt from this weeks challenge:

“When I glance in the mirror, I see that I need a haircut and might be getting a zit on my chin me. When I take time to look a little more, I see lots of people: my dad’s chin cleft, my mom’s hazel eyes and weak jawline, my nonna’s widow’s peak hairline, my grandfather’s strong brows, my sister’s apple cheeks.

This week, let’s get a little introspective: who do you see in your face? In your personality?”

Being given a topic is a wonderful way to help inspire those with writers block. If you have a go at this weeks challenge an idea for your next novel may flourish.

Good luck!

 

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A little sci-fi inspiration

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My favourite genre would have to be sci-fi, with romance coming a close second. If I work hard enough at my story I may even succeed in combining the two. I may be aiming too high and end up with something quite catastrophic but its worth a try.

While staring at clouds and far off aeroplanes help to conjure distant lands and get creative, nothing beats this truly inspirational documentary Journey to the edge of the universe.

It will cause you to look upon images of the universe in wonder and find inspiration for your stories. This docomentary will truly hypnotise you.

With so much in the universe unknown, and both infinite in possibilities and in size, anything is possible. Much of what we do know is only theoretical, allowing authors to spin amazing scientific journeys that teeter on the edge of reality. This is what draws me to this genre, I like to write fantastical stories that might possibly, in a world far away or a distant time, be true.

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10 great blogs for writers

The best way to improve our writing skills is seeking the help and wisdom of others. My first love is reading so this is ideal.

Unrelated thought: perhaps I should be aiming for book reviewer rather than author??

Here are 10 blogs to check out.


Find your rainbow – Clear your mind to get creative

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I went for stroll yesterday along my local beach, Waikiki Beach, Perth, WA.

It was the perfect mix of ominous rain clouds, dark green broody sea and fresh cold breeze.

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It was just me, the sunset and the mad wind surfer.


Special Moments – Frozen in time with words

We settle in bed, you’re snuggled in tight next to me,
You smell so sweet, your hair soft fuzz.
You drink and drink, so thirsty, so desperate.
Falling off to sleep, you lightly snore,
Can I move you into your bassinet, do I dare?
You might wake up.
The books say you shouldn’t sleep with me but its just so wonderful, so special.
You won’t be this way forever.

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I’ll jog home one day

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Well, when the kids are a bit older and I find the time to train.
This is taken from the pier at Rockingham. We had a lovely breakfast looking over the water, followed by a stroll along the pier with the kids.
Definitely the best way to relax and clear your mind, ready for a week of creativity.
My neighbourhood definitely has some inspirational spots.


Elance – way to earn a little cash or a huge waste of time

Freelance writing is a tough game. Trying to earn a little cash from websites such as Elance and Freelancer can be even tougher. On websites such as these you are competing not only with highly experienced writers with huge portfolios, and with those who will work very cheaply but also with actual businesses or companies, who have a team of writers.

I completed a profile on each of these websites. I spent most of my time on Elance and I completed about 3 jobs. These jobs comprised of sales copy and article writing. They didn’t pay too badly but in order to get them I had to place over 30 bids, and for each bid I had to write a proposal. In the proposal you must sell yourself, discuss your skills, explain how you will complete the job and outline your pricing, your bid.

You have a monthly bid allowance, and you can pay Elance to increase this. You need to dedicate lots of time each day to checking new jobs that appear and putting together great proposals. Its very time consuming.

Once I did finally win my first job it was a great feeling, collaborating with the client and providing them with your best work. Sometimes though, you find yourself applying for jobs you don’t really like, or are the least bit interested in. This makes for a very tedious and regretful few hours. Trust me. The money was just not enough for wasting those few hours of my life. Especially sales copy. Urgh!!

When competition really ramps up with other “Elancers” and you are not winning jobs, you begin to drop your pricing in order to win. Completing work then seems even more of a drag and extremely unrewarding. This why I stopped using these websites. I felt I was under-valuing myself and wasting time by providing someone else with the writing skills that I could put to better use on my own projects.

So, do I spend all my free time working hard to win jobs and earning a pittance, or do I play the poor, struggling writer but feel better at the end of the day for completing my own work?

Well, since having my daughter in April, this question is yet to be answered as I have completed very little of my own work.

In the last few days however, in search of a little quick cash I have returned to Elance. I have chosen jobs that I find interesting and feel will be not only financially but intrinsically rewarding. I have yet to hear back from the clients. I probably never will. Things never change in the world of Elance.