Saturday, July 16, 2011
Investigate, Adapt and Overcome...
I've been slowly making the transition over to AP style writing because honestly, it pays better than the loosey-goosey style that I have been using for so many years. In a nutshell, you could say that I'm starting to buckle down because I had what I call a Helen Keller moment and I too now know that W-A-T-E-R spells water.
Writing is funny sometimes. In the beginning I really didn't have a clue. I knew I could write but could I write decent, usable copy that people would want to buy? There was no confidence here but as time has went on, the confidence has been growing. You have to have a pretty thick skin to write for a living and something to do on the side to supplement it, at least in the beginning. Writing for SEO purposes is easy. The writer just writes like they speak, crams the piece with keywords and hands it over to the client. AP style is completely different. It contains proper grammar, punctuation and isn't necessarily written the same way you would say it when talking to your friends.
Nothing on lanieblogs.com is written in AP style. If it was, it wouldn't last long at all because it would bore you to tears.
I've done a lot of research on freelance writing over the past few months because I could smell the stench of change on the horizon. As a result I've been able to locate a few different ideas, sites and tools that are pulling my writing out of what I call "the writing ghetto." I'm getting away from writing for sites that accept low quality SEO writing. Taking the plunge into more challenging sites and projects. It's easy to be good at what you do when the majority of the rest of the pool has a language other than English as their native tongue.
But I'm getting off track again. As usual.
With the research that I have done recently, I found that there are in fact bigger and better things available. I've had a few breakthroughs lately that have been extraordinary confidence builders. I can write proper, informative, original content even though I was terrified of the rejection. And the rejection came from one site that I actually expected it from. So I did the revisions, resubmitted and was finally accepted. Accepted. My first article ever with no grammar, punctuation or error of any kind.
I still write for Textbroker and ECopywriters everyday. I love those sites because they are no muss, no fuss. I pick what I want to write about from their pool of open articles and they pay better than 99% of the content mills out there. In a nutshell, they keep me off the cheese line and out of the Shrink's office. Although the recent addition of Constant Content may put me in the nuthouse. That's a hard site to get approval on but it's worth it if a writer can get their articles posted for sale on there.
So I think I've rambled enough this morning. I can't help it though. I love the writing world. It helps me breathe. Feeds the soul and even through the frustrations, rejections and days when I stare at the computer with a blank mind, it sure does keeps me happy.