Before you found the wonderful community of Hubpages, how did you do your writing?
Did you have a journal? Did you write on pieces of scratch paper, your ideas? Do you have a folder of your work, a portfolio, if you will?
Have you written professionally? Have you made money as a freelance writer? What makes you keep coming back to HP?
Before Hubpages I had never done commercial writing of any kind-- or writing on the internet in general. Well, that's a lie. I used to roleplay with other people online using the characters and plot line from one of my favorite series of books. Before that, I used to just write stories and save them on floppy disks.
We had this really huge computer when I was a kid (which wasn't that long ago) and my parents gave me a stack of floppy disks and allowed me to spend hours typing fastidiously on word, working on my stories when I was in elementary school. Unfortunately, I was also prone to accidentally destroy my floppies....
I come back to HP because at the point I'm at in my creative writing, there's no way I could make money yet, but I can make some money off my commercial writing.
That's awesome Shanna, I used to do the same thing!! Save my stories and poems on those darn floppy disks. Too funn:) They're all long gone now of course, I didn't realize how important they'd be some day to me, but that's ok, I always enjoyed writing whether I kept it or not. Just the act of writing is sufficient for me, although I love that we have HubPages so that hopefully it never will be lost. I like to look back and see how my writing skills and grown.
I spent too long playing on forums - trolling and winding people up. It was a hobby. Gradually my posts became jokes and then stories and then... I thought... I might be able to be an internet writer.
Of course I didn't really know what an internet writer was back then.
It was a bit of a surprise. I am hoping to be one soon.
Well, I wrote some fanfiction (some of which is terribly embarrassing...), I wrote a couple tutorials for 3D modeling and texturing for the Final Fantasy XI game, then I became a forum administrator and got into RP.
I learned dialogue and script writing when I made a mod for the Oblivion game, and lately I started dabbling in humorous reviews. But I really like teaching, so I'm trying my hand at tutorials here!
I wrote on Helium - what a mistake that was (I wrote a Hub about it). They still have nearly 200 articles of mine. I also wrote a novel (which never got published, not surprisingly I have to say, having read it again). I have another three unfinished novels sitting on my hard drive, but these days I spend most of my time writing on my websites.
Before HubPages I had had a column in Big Issue magazine in the UK and had written for Tenerife News and other hard copy publications as well as writing a book I had got published in 2002. HP was my first experience of writing for a revenue sharing website. I still find it the best!
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