- Books, Literature, and Writing
Freedom Writer is the sister Lens to the other Freedom Writer one I now have. What is is all about and why would you care? Well, there is a lot of need online for content and content needs to be created by writers. This gives a lot or writers the freedom to work from home and make an income from what they like to do.
So I guess this is about writing for your freedom thanks to the web's constant thirst for ever more written content that is original, interesting and useful. The kind of stuff that really can only be written by human writers that have sufficient knowledge and skill to be able to produce what is asked for and what is needed.
Freedom Writer Thoughts
This being the alter ego of my other Freedom Writer lens, both of which were given to me by my good friend and fellow writer Monika Mundell I thought it would be better here to write some writer's thoughts on writing!
There will probably be more information about the art of writing on the other place (Freedom Writer), but I'll keep this one up as a sort of distorted mirror - ie not duplicating the content of the other, but enhancing it with relative thoughts and conjectures of my own.
The idea for using the term "freedom writer" came not because I had any idea about the movie or even that it existed, but from a simple keyword search that turned up that a lot of people were searching on it in the search engines. So it made sense to write something using that term and attract some people to this lens in the hope they would be interested in reading about what a real life writer does!
Freedom Writer Ramblings
Writers like to write, so why not a writer's ramble in this module?
Excellent idea if I do say so myself.
So what I'll ramble on about right here is the opportunities available for writers online. I don't mean opportunities to simply write stuff and have it read by a bunch of nice people. I mean writing for money.
Let's face it, if you were a good writer, or believed you were a good writer and by that I mean good enough to entertain as well as be grammatically correct and not leave a load of spelling mistakes and typos all over the place, then you'd appreciate being paid for your work, wouldn't you?
Of course you would.
Well, the good news is that there has never been a better time for good writers to find paying work on the Internet. That's mainly because there are millions of websites and blogs out there that need good content in order to command a decent placement in the search engines' pages and not enough writers to create all that content.
That has created a bit of a literary vacuum where demand is outstripping supply, which means good pickings for good writers.
Online companies like ScriptLance who act as a go-between for writers and people wanting content written (as a side-line to their main business of webmasters, programmers etc), have an awful lot of requests for content writers to fill the needs of content starved website owners. Its a bit like an auction in reverse, where the website owner places a request for written work to be done and gives pricing guidelines and then sits back and waits for the writers to bid for the jobs.
That's great if you can bid to write good content at around the 5 cent a word mark, as this is a reasonable amount to expect for good quality content. That means a 500 word article earning its author around $25, which is a fair price.
The downside is that there are a lot of pretty good writers (of the English language) living in places like the Far East where the cost of living is a lot lower than in the West, so they can bid for work at a much lower rate than those of us living in countries like the United States, Canada, Australia or Europe.
Which has led to a bit of a problem.
A lot of these very cheap writers are very good, but a heck of a lot more of them are not and they will work for very low wages to secure the work. That 500 article can now be bid down as low as $3. I've seen some annoying swines bidding to do a 10 hour day's work for as little as $5.
All well and good for them, but the website owners foolish enough to accept bids like that are asking for trouble because, while they might get a good writer, chances are they won't and will have spent a little money but wasted a lot of time paying peanuts and getting monkeys to write gobbledygook!
But it seriously devalues the good work that top writers produce and a lot of them refuse to work for such ridiculously low amounts. The knock on effect is that the web is awash with badly written websites, whose owners upon trying to sell them realize that they're full of rubbish that no one will buy. Then it costs them more to get good writers to correct the mistakes made by the cheap writers. If they'd had employed good writers in the first place they would have saved much time and money.
...more to follow...
Ok, I admit it, I'm still working on this lens and will have more content on here in due course. For now, I'll have to ask you to be patient while I get everything else done in the time allocated for doing a tenth of what I actually have to do...
How many writers will know this scenario?
You have a big writing assignment to complete by the end of the day. You know you have plenty of time and maybe you only need to complete another 2,000 words or so. You sit down at your computer with the obligatory coffee and get ready to attck the work with every intention of finishing just after lunch so you can go out and do something you enjoy, like maybe a round of golf, or a walk along the beach (my favourite pastime on a nice sunny day...).
You are all fired up and raring to go but all of a sudden you cannot for the life of you think of a single word to write!
Oh no... writer's block.
What do you do? Well, more to the point, what do I do in these situations?
Often it needs a change of thought process to kickstart the flow of creative juices. Sometimes simply getting up and walking around the room for a couple of minutes is enough. Sometimes, it needs a walk round the block.
Other times nothing seems to work, so then you need to take the bull by the horns and work out what is preventing the flow of words.
...more to follow...
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