I’m crinkling my nose a little at the title I just wrote. Technically, I am not starting the journey… it started… well it never really began at all… it has just always been. The journey I refer to is my journey as a writer. I wrote a novel, started a second, and currently have an editor in Texas reading through it. I met her on LinkedIn. If you are a writer and don’t have a LinkedIn account, stop reading right now, and go create one. Then come back, por favor. linkedin.com
So, then, why do I say I am just starting? I guess its because I finally feel like I have all the tools I need to really make a go at this. My degree is nearly completed, and I have grown a lot as a writer over the last 5 years. I will always be seeking improvement and knowledge, but I am ready.
On my last post, I posted a screenshot of a website rough draft I am working on for myself Under my name, I list
I am confident in my ability to write. No question there. When I really delve into something, I master it… well at least I learn enough to fake it if I have to. 😉 A writer has to learn as much as they can about just about everything. I’ve put in days upon days of research concerning publishers, agents, and improving queries. Maybe I will get into that a later day, but right now I want to put my focus on blogging and freelance. Since my novel is with an editor, I have time to write short stories or write about any topic that interests me and others.
But, where do I start? What do I need?
Here are some websites that really helped me out:
Having a website as a freelancer seems like a pretty important thing. If you want to be taken seriously, buy your domain name as soon as you can. If you need help designing a website or getting some code down, let me know. I am pretty good at coding for simple sites. The more complex coding will come later, but I digress. I have a year of school left, after all.
So, a website. OK. I can handle that. So, now I need an attainable goal. Here it is: I will complete my writer website, have my domain purchased, and go live with the website before the end of the semester… that is mid-December.
Good! Moving right along. What else do I need? Social media presence…. I have a twitter account and a LinkedIn account for professional use. I use FB for personal and design purposes. Adding a writer page to FB will come after I get my website going.
I have a good start to social media, and I am no novice.
Quick side-note- If you don’t have much social media experience check this out:
We can talk more about this book later.
OK, social media is solid. I post daily and at least have some sort of format for content. What else do I need.
Resume. Got it.
Portfolio. Mostly got it. Well, my portfolio is for my design work. There’s another goal to work on- complete a portfolio. There’s only one issue. Sure, I have a lot of poems, short stories, articles, and reviews that I have written over the years, but selecting my best work… work that represents me and my brand might be troublesome. I know who I am. I know who my reader is… I think we just found Goal 3- WRITE MORE.
The good thing about this goal is that I can write every day. I can learn something new every day and write about it. Over the time you spend with me here, you will get a good feel for what interests me most. I hope that you stick with me.
Goal 1- Have website running by mid December (end of semester)
Goal 2- Complete portfolio (or at least have a solid template)
Goal 3- Write interesting articles that will hopefully sell.
And… here we go. Time to write an article. You’ll see it soon. 🙂