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Knowing you are good enough

2008-08-23T09:08:48.843-03:00

How do you know you are good enough? Good enough to land a good gig, write a good article, get a contract?

I'm sure this is something many freelance writers battle with constantly. And especially when you are just starting out.

Knowing you are good enough isn't easy and I'm not the one to tell you how to get over it but I do know one thing: It's all connected to your self esteem. If you constantly think you will fail and if you never bid on the projects you want because you think you aren't good enough then you will never win.

I saw a very good project and I am telling myself to send in my samples. But who's to say I'll get it? And then, who's to say I won't? Someone has to get it, why not me?

Well I'm not sure I will get it but then again I cannot sit around and think that I won't get it because surely then I never will. And rejection is something you have to learn to live with when you are in the writing field.

So how do you know you are good enough?




On a break

2007-08-22T20:51:05.544-03:00

I have been and I still am on a break.
I´m coming back though and sporadic updates will come until I have the time to fully commit to this blog. My intentions are good but time isn´t on my side.

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back soon for news.



Tomorrow...

2007-07-22T21:06:05.941-03:00

... I will add lots of things to this now quite empty blog.

I have just added a great blogroll for writers from the Absolute Write forum.
There are some great blogs on there and the blogroll is growing, if you are a writer, why not join yourself?

See you tomorrow!



Reading as a child

2008-08-23T09:11:29.266-03:00

Did you read a lot as a child?

I did and I am sure that is why I love to write. I love to create in my mind and make up stories. I have several small books in my head.

By making your kids read you stimulate their minds and their imagination. Using ones imagination is important in everything we do in life. From daily small things to business and writing.

I still love to read and once you give me a good book I will not pout it away until I have finished reading everything. My husband wasn´t introduced to reading as a child and he has no understanding what so ever about my reading. For him reading is boring and only something you do when really needed. Every time I start reading a book he sighs, he knows that there will be no contact with me for a few days then.

And I just disappear into my little world.

I am so happy I had the opportunity to read a lot as a child. And I will try to make my son understand and enjoy the wonderful world that is hiding inside that cover.

If you haven't introduced your children to reading yet because you don't like it yourself, do your kids a favor and bring them to the library.

They will surely thank you.

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Use your blog as a resume

2008-08-23T09:22:03.477-03:00

Many people, like myself, want to start writing but have no idea on how to start.

If you are a bit internet wise you you will get to the point when you hear about paid blogging or online freelance writing.

What do I mean with internet wise? Well basically you can surf around on the internet for years without hearing about this. Unless you start looking for it.

I have always loved to write. I have an unpublished poem book that I would love to get published. It's even in the right format, what is missing is sending it to a publisher. This little poem book was my lifesaver once, I wrote down all my feelings when I had a difficult time in my life. And I am absolutely sure that it's still good. Even after all those years.

When I started blogging in English I realized that you can be an online freelance writer. You don't need to have an office or contacts in the ¨real world¨ you can do everything over the internet. Isn't that great?

I have landed two writing gigs. My Daily Power Walk over at Creative Weblogging and just recently another one as a paid columnist at HubPages. And how did I do that?

I gave them the address to my blogs.

I had only been blogging in English for about 1,5 month when I managed to get the gig for Daily Power Walk. So as you can see I didn't send a big resume or anything like that.

So what are you waiting for? Start blogging if you haven't already started!

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Writing is like cooking

2008-08-23T09:10:23.747-03:00

You know when you go to someone's house and they make you dinner. You adore the food and ask for the recipe.
When you come home you try to make it yourself, ¨It's so easy to make, you can't go wrong¨- Annie, the dinner hostess says.

You look at the recipe and the ingredients, yes you have everything at home. So you start preparing the food. It smells nice and you're thinking ¨hey it's not that difficult¨.

Then you set the table and ask the family to sit down so you can all enjoy this lovely dinner.
You put the fork to your mouth - ¨What's this? This doesn't taste the same as what Annie made¨.
And you realize it doesn't taste the same.
But it doesn't taste bad either, so you continue to eat and enjoy your meal.

See that's the thing, writing is like cooking.
Even if you use the same ingredients it will taste different. The flavor will never be the same. Only similar. Unless you make it so many times that you finally get it right.

But what is right and what is wrong? And what would cooking or writing be if we all cooked and wrote the same?

I'll tell you what: Boring.

Don't try to copy someone else in what they do, be yourself. You cooking and writing is just as good as someone else's.

And remember, it takes time to learn how to cook, but we can all learn it.



Stressed

2008-08-23T09:23:47.104-03:00

If there is something I have a problem with it's writing when I'm stressed.

I simply cannot concentrate when I have other things I ¨have¨to do.
It will always be there in the back of my mind and bugging me. If I have things to do at home I can't write until I have done them and when I have done them it's usually too late to write.

I can't write to music nor can I write when I'm stressed. But I do think that the stress thing is common so I'm not to worried.
The only thing I am worried about is not doing my other things in time so that I have time to write what I want.
That
is a worry!



Stolen content

2008-08-23T09:26:46.855-03:00

When you find out that someone is stealing your content you get quite surprised and then angry. If you are just an ordinarily blogger like me you think, hey, who's ever going to want to steal my posts?

Well someone can actually.
Your post might be a good post and someone wants to make it off like it's theirs. Or you can get robot attacked. That's what happened to one of my blogs. A Spam robot is stealing my posts. And not only mine but several other bloggers. It seems like little can be done because these people are so smart. They make sure that it will get difficult for you to track them down.

Like this one, server in Brazil, host in Russia, IP in the US. You can see it just smells bad all over the place. Well you get my point.

I am still looking into what can be done about this and will continue my investigation and any tips on this I will share.



Oh yes!

2008-08-23T09:27:37.821-03:00

Oh yes!
Now this blog has been ¨re-wamped¨ and finally feels inspiring to write in! I love the new look, simple but yet colorful! Just like writing can be.

I hope you like it too.

The link lists will expand as time passes by, I want to make sure all the links are correct and in the right place.

If you are a fellow writer, I'd love to have your link in my sidebar. Just tell me.



How cheap is cheap?

2008-08-23T09:34:35.280-03:00

When it comes to setting a price on your time and skills it's something that is not easily done.
When I started writing I was happy if I made a few $$, now I know more about how to value my work.

First of all I'd like to say that everything depends on where in the world you live.
I live in Brazil where $5 means almost R$10. If you get R$10 an hour you can say you are pretty well off. My husband gets something like R$15/day! ( If I calculated right, anyway he doesn't get much)

So if I can make R$10 from writing a review or story or something then that means that I earn more for a few minutes work than he does all day.

If you live in the U.S, then $5 might not seem like a great deal. Once again it depends on where in the U.S you live.

But even my prices are expensive if you compare to the people in India.

One thing I have learned is that you have to not sell yourself too cheap.
So what that I live in Brazil, is my work less worth than someone in the U.S?
If I am a good writer, then what does that have to do with where I live?

Today I will not write for just a $ here or there, I value my time and my work more.
It´s not easy, every writer knows that, but being too cheap can also harm you.
Every time someone asks me how much they should charge, and I am far from an expert, then I always say to stay in the middle but not go too cheap.

How cheap is cheap?



Keep up your inspiration

2008-08-23T09:38:28.748-03:00

Something happened before I ever had a chance to start writing this post it got published. So I figure the title most be totally wrong in the link. just FYI. :)

Yesterday I was on the bus and I started thinking, I wrote two great articles in my mind. Or at least I figured out how I would write them. I couldn´t wait to get off the bus and into my house so that I could write them.

And then something happened and I just lost the inspiration to write.

So I wonder; how do you keep your inspiration when you lose it?

Well if you have a good memory you can always rely on remebering it for another day. If you don't , like me, then you write it down on a piece of paper.

Well I have a lousy memory but I am relying on it to remember these articles and write them on another day when I feel inspired.

I have still to think about this, how to keep the inspiration...




Qumana

2007-06-09T08:25:44.582-03:00

It´s 00,00 and I am still up. All because I had to test the new Qumana editor on my new xp computer.


And so far it seems to be working fine. Hopefully it does everything I want it to.


I tried Performancing before and it didn't work at all. Now that I know it works I will go to bed and continue this discovery tomorrow.


I don´t know how to add labels though... it will be nice to see where this goes...


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A new test

2007-06-09T08:20:16.652-03:00

I have tried posting to this blog without success with Qumana. Now I´m trying again. It would really ease my life it it works. :)


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Writing to music?

2007-06-03T11:45:47.006-03:00

I like to work and listen to music at the same time but usually it only distracts me. So if I have to turn it off if I have somthing important to write.

The same thing with the dog. I have two dogs, well at the moment I have 7, 5 puppies. If they start barking I can't concentrate either.
It also depends what kind of music it is I'm listening to. if I lsiten to some up bet music then I get energetic and want to write more but then again, it won't work if it's soemthing improtant.

I've tried so many tiem to listen to music at the same time but it just won't work.
Sad... is that what they say not multi-skilled. i am multi-skilled acvtually, ust not in this matter :)

Can you write to music?



Not Funny

2007-06-02T09:49:03.426-03:00

2 of my blogs, Making A Happy Life and Mama's Coffee Corner have been blocked!

Apparently they think I am a spam blogger.

Seriously, this really annoys me, I am a serious blogger. I live, earn, by blogging!
This is not happening was my first thought.
Well it will take 2 business days for blogger to sort it out apparently and if they don't get back to me by Monday then I don't know what I will do.

*Not happy and I expect a serious apologise!*



In the near future

2007-06-01T18:57:39.597-03:00

In the near future I will add more links here , I have loads of writing links that can be useful for freelancers and myself for that matter.

There are so many freelance writing blogs out there and this is yet another one. But it will not only be about freelance writing. It will be about all blogging things and others things that can be nice to know.
Writing is just a way of communicating.
Reading is another, quiet communication.

And I am a very communicative person, with 8 blogs on the go.
:)



I love to write

2007-06-01T19:10:03.987-03:00

Oh yes I do. And that's why I started to write in the first place. That's why blogging is so good for me. I get to express my feelings and thoughts.

I know those who write stories on their blogs. I couldn't do that. I need time to create and get into the feeling. How many times haven't I started to write a novel. One of these teen novels. I have started over 100's on paper and over 1000's in my mind. But I have never finished them.

I dream about writing a book. And surely I'm not alone of wanting to do that.

I'm glad I found blogging to be my way to freelance.



A new blog

2007-06-01T19:13:13.732-03:00

I have slowly started to think about creating a new blog. I know that this one has been neglected but I will start wrtiting shortly. But the blog I am thinking of creating is actually a mom blog. I haven't got any place to talk about all that family stuff at the moment. And that will be my next blog.

Of course I will not forget this one!
But this is a project that is maturing slowly I have noticed.
At the moment you can enjoy all my freelance links over at Making A happy Life.



A new search

2007-06-01T18:57:39.598-03:00

A new search for a new template will be my next step for this blog I think it looks terrible.

We will see what I come up with this time :)



Test

2007-06-03T12:13:12.540-03:00

This text really isn't that important so just don't read it.

Guess that's too late right :)
I am testing out new blog editors. So far I have not found one I really like. But hopefully I should be able to find one that will make my blogging easier.

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The Ultimimate Blog Party!

2007-03-02T12:08:06.048-03:00

The ultimate blogparty is on at Making A happy Life!
There you can find all the information and get blogpartying!

Welcome!!



Who do you write for?

2007-03-02T12:05:57.116-03:00

When you write, whether it's your blog or something else, you should have your goals set. What do I mean with goals?

Simply:
Who do you want to read what you write?

Are you satisfied with having just one or two people reading or just your family or do you want to aim a bit higher and get a wide range of readers?

If you write for your family or no one in specific you might not care to much about what you write. But if you are writing for a purpose you have to make sure your writing is attractive.

Attractive?
Yes I would say we are attracted to good writing. When you write you have to make sure that whoever reads it wants to get more. Wants to read more.

To get attractive you have to make sure there are no or very few spelling mistakes, grammar is correct and language appropriate to what you are writing about.
Remember: Goal. Attractive.

Of course there is much more to writing than that but it is a start when you want to get started.

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Calling all Freelancers

2007-03-02T12:08:55.546-03:00

So you want to become a freelancer? Or maybe you are already typing away all day long?

Deciding to become a freelancer is not an easy thing. Just because
you decide it doesn’t mean you immediately become a writer or whatever
it is you have decided to freelance within.

I have decided to start my freelancing as a writer as that is what I do best.

If you still haven’t figured out in what area you should freelance, and
the choice is big, then take some time to think it through.

So why did I decide that the writing business is the best one for me?
Well if I had paid better attention when I went to school then I
could’ve been working with computers and design now. But at the time it
wasn’t anything I prioritized.

Well here I am going to write down my freelancing experiences and everything that comes with it.

I will look into the best places for freelancers and share my thoughts on them



Welcome

2007-02-13T14:47:13.452-02:00

Welcome to my new blog about freelancing and working at home.
This is just the beginning for what hopefully is a long journey!