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Help? Where Do I Go To Write???

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by allfacebook, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. allfacebook

    allfacebook Junior Member

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    I've been out of the writing game for about four months now. I had a long term client for around eight months before that, and went with a physical establishment/employer. It wasn't the job for me, so I need to return to writing immediately. They say "do what you love"- so I decided to walk out on it. I didn't want to be the girl who despised her job!!! So here I stand, trusting that I'll have just as much luck in writing as I did before!!! So the question is: WHO do I write for, or WHERE do I go to write? I have bills waiting... haha

    Now, you will find attached a sample for personal judgment. Based on my skills, if you were me, where would you go? I do have an idea of what I'd charge, as I was very successful before. But I need clients fast, and I need at least 40 articles a week. So where can I find this level of work immediately???? All of the people who I previously worked for have their slots for the month filled- So that isn't an option at the moment. I need an immediate solution. >.<

    Random sample, out of personal interest:

    Preparing for Spay or Neuter Procedures
    In accordance with the overwhelming amount of homeless animals, along with those who have been overcrowding shelters, spaying and neutering has received worldwide attention as a solution to this ongoing problem. Most families turn to this procedure to take responsibility as a pet owner to avoid contributing to the problem as well. Before you take your pet into your local veterinary office for this procedure, your pet should be fully prepared, and proper accommodations should be made within your home and your schedule.

    The animal that you have scheduled for surgery will need to be in prime health, and this is going to be the most important factor when it comes to ensuring that your pet will have a favorable outcome from the surgery. The animal should be free of parasites and illness, it should be within a healthy weight range, and the animal will need to be screened for any underlying conditions that could cause complications. Some conditions (such as heart defects) can cause serious complications during surgery. You should schedule a checkup for your animal a few weeks before surgery, to ensure your animal is completely healthy.

    As for your home, you will need to have a designated area for your pet during the recovery process. They will need a sleeping area, food, and water all within a short reach; especially during the first day home. Your animal will be in pain, and will be very drowsy and sleepy. The area should also be kept meticulously clean, to avoid infection after surgery.

    Usually, the most difficult aspect of having an animal spayed or neutered is altering a personal schedule. You will need to be fully dedicated to the animal the day of surgery, and the day after. On the day of surgery, you will need to be able to take the animal to and from the office, as well as keep in contact with the veterinarian while the animal is under his or her care. The day the animal comes home will involve a lot of time on the owner's part, as the animal needs to be watched closely for any post-surgery complications. The animal may also need to relieve itself often, which would involve plenty of outside breaks for dogs. Scheduling the surgery at least six weeks in advance should allow you time to clear your schedule for two to three days so that you may take care of your animal.
     
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    Mturk possibly? Don't know if it would be the kind of money you are used to... But hey it is income
     
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  3. allfacebook

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    What is Mturk, Illustrator?
     
  4. whynotmakeit

    whynotmakeit Power Member

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    I know its not much but might help. I need 1 article per day 600+ words for 3 months...maybe more. PM with your best price.
     
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    Mturk is Amazons Mechanical Turk. Dont bother with that

    Try iWriter. Theres a huge list of such sites in the search here

    Best of luck
     
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  6. bigkapp

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    Try forums or crowd sourcing sites like odesk.
     
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    Consulting work writing for blogs? Go higher end avoid the Fiverr crowd.
     
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    Thanks a ton guys, these are definitely good suggestions. I believe I tried oDesk a longgg time ago (2 years) when I first started doing this, but wasn't very impressed with what I found. I should definitely look again, see if anything changed. I don't believe I've tried iWriter though.
     
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    Please pm with your rates, I need some articles written ongoing, tks
     
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    Look into guest blogging. You write the articles and also take care of the outreach, manage the whole process. This is a huge pain point that needs solving.
     
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    Can you also pm the rates as I need some quality content... Thanks
     
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    You lost me right here. First sentence is the most critical. It signals to the reader whether you are a writer worth reading, or not.

    The phrase "in accordance with" usually prefaces some action, or plan of action, that comes about as a result of some directive. ex. "In accordance with the Laws of the State of New Hampshire..." or "In accordance with the Bylaws of the Neighborhood Association..." There's no regulating authority or "manual" in your article at all, and so the "accordance" phrase sticks out like a sore thumb.

    There's more to writing than assembling a bunch of grammatically correct words. Each and every word must lend enough "something" to justify it's existence, else the work is better off without it. Obviously, there are style differences, but clumsy prose is not a "style", it's an affliction that must be overcome.

    A better choice would have been, "As a result of the overwhelming ...", but then I don't like the word "amount" either. You don't have an "amount" of cats and dogs. An "amount" is a Balance Due, or how much money is left, etc... Dogs and cats are not money.

    This is called "wordsmithing". Usually, when I write, I mentally read the sentence 2 or 3 times, and then get a feel for how it fit's in with the previous sentences, and how it helps facilitate the next one. Thing is about writing, is that it requires a LOT of reading in order to be good at it. Sometimes I find myself correcting actors on the big screen, when the lines given to them by the movie's writers aren't quite right. I can sometimes finish the CNN newsreader's sentences, and frequently know exactly how a politician on TV is going to end their sentences.

    Writing is like dream analysis. Most people wake up all sweaty from having wrestled a hairy toaster that was pulling them downward towards the drain at the bottom of the City Swimming Pool, and they wonder about the dreams meaning; what the toaster meant, what the hair on it meant, etc... and none of that is important.

    What's important is what WASN'T in the dream. Of all of the infinite places a dream could take place in, why was it the City Swimming Pool? Why not a lake, or a bathtub, or an ocean? The answer is because in order to be pulled into a drain big enough to take a person it, it has to be in a place where there is a big enough drain.

    Which makes the drain the focal point of the dream.

    Q: Why did I dream of being in the City Swimming Pool? A: So I could experience what it was like getting pulled into a big huge drain.

    And then the obvious question is, Why, given an infinate number of dreams I might have had (some of which involve multiple nude and sweaty women in various scenarios), why does my "subconscious" choose to dream about being pulled into a drain? What am I trying to tell myself.

    A Zen philosopher once said that he used to be plagued by the sounds of voices in his head. Sometimes it was his own voice. His assumption was that ALL of the voices were "him". Then one day he had THE REVELATION, which was when he realized that if all of those voices were "him", then who was it that was doing the listening?

    As a writer, one must accept the fact that there are voices. One must also pay attention to them, if for no other reason that to remain sane, as ignoring them only makes them louder and more demanding. However one must also recognize that the voices are "NOT ME", as it is "me" that is doing the listening. This knowledge affords a measure of balance, and sometimes gives one the ability to decide what *I* am really trying to say (vs. what others would like to have me say).

    This, above all else: To thine own self be true.

    So, (coming back full circle now...) given an infinity of words that could be used, and an infinity of sentences that could have been constructed, what was so compelling about THIS one that had it HAD to be created? If the words do not compel themselves into existence, they will be ignored out of existence by the Reader.
     
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