I’ve written essays at school which were submitted for competitions and well, just enjoy writing casually, which also includes some teen novels I’d written when I was younger and unpublished of course.
Now that I have some time (beyond household chores, reading and meeting potential business partners), I decided to sign up as a freelance ghostwriter. Things that I’ve learnt about writing for money:
I’m sure many of you would laugh at my experience as a first-time paid writer, but I’m just happy.
- Deadlines, research and write within the deadlines makes one feel unsure of the quality and standard.
- Choice of topics. You either take it on and turn it down but of course turning it down reduces some future opportunities.
- Writing and rewriting.
- I’m on my laptop almost the whole day and I’m half afraid that my laptop might ‘burnout’.
- Upside: Happy to be paid a token for writing and spending time on my laptop surfing the internet.
I was ‘naively’ elated with my first paid article. What did I do? I went out and got some groceries with that at Marks & Spencer as a treat. Then I became ambitious and accepted translation jobs too. So I just translated lifestyle articles in Traditional Chinese to English. Well, I thank my lucky stars that I went through karaoke training with my mother when I was a kid. Pitch and tone aside, at least I still remember how to read some Traditional Chinese words. So thank you Mom (who is currently in Qinghai with my father for a monastery’s grand opening).
Ok, now give me more writing projects which can fund our grocery needs. #feedme