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Wordsmith’s Collective Thursday – What Motivates You To Write?

August 6, 2020
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What is your motivation for writing? There are as many reasons to write as there are genres. We may want to persuade, catalog or inform on ‘real’ events or topics but many of us (fiction authors) want to entertain. It is an author’s purpose, to bring to life a concept.

So let’s look at each scenario for motivation:

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a) Money – we would all love to be a best seller and have fame and fortune like the ‘big’ names, such as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and the like. However, we need to be realistic – firstly can we manage to get a publishing contract with a big publishing house? How many years are you willing to wait for that? If you use the self-publishing route how much of your time (unpaid) can you sacrifice for promotion? Should you give your work away? Is the income enough to live on? Could your writing supplement your lifestyle?

If you determine that the net income (we all need to report it in tax season!) is a nice bonus for a treat here and there, rather than your sole income – it will take the stress out of the equation.
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b) Success – once again we should temper our expectations. Global sales are a dream we want to make real but maybe measure our success on more of a local level. Do you have your books in local bookstores, the library, offered at local events? The more you attend and promote within your own locality the more your ‘success’ becomes tangible. Articles in the local newspaper could have people approach or question you in regard to your being an author. Social media allows us to expand our locality, of course, but starting small will give you a firm basis from which to start. Never under estimate the power of word of mouth for promotion.

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c) Satisfaction – Although this is third on the list, I feel it is the most important of all, as having your words, ideas and stories readily available for people to read now and for future generations, is the penultimate success. Our narratives will be enjoyed and relayed long after we are gone. It is our legacy.

Obviously, in an ideal world, a mixture of all three of the above would be the perfect scenario.

What is your motivation?

What do you consider the most satisfying part of being a writer/author?

Alternative Living – The Wandering Part 1

April 20, 2016
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The freedom to travel the globe while making money to live on (or barter for accommodation & food) can be a pipe dream for many of us. However, the question many of us ask is “how do you do that?” The list is actually longer than I expected so this post will also have a part two!

1. The most easily utilized skill is to teach English. Many places do not need you to have a teaching degree/qualification to teach, just so it is your native language. Areas looking for teachers include but are not limited to Thailand, Japan and South Korea. However, other languages are in demand such as Spanish, German, Italian, French, Arabic and Mandarin to name a few.
2. If you are a natural sales person try selling time shares in Thailand, Mexico, Greece or the Caribbean.
3. The largest job market is resorts and hotels are there is a whole subsection of opportunity:
a) Work in a resort where a variety of positions are open to you. Front desk, entertainment host, bar work or restaurant worker.
b) A little known job is editing English signs and menus – we have all seen the mistakes while abroad.
c) If your skills include beauty and hair you can offer your services to hostel guests or approach resorts that do not have these services.
d) As above you can also offer massages.
e) Another unskilled opportunity is a surfing instructor (as long as you are better than the clients)
f) This job does need certification though – scuba diving instructor. With your qualification you can teach around the world. Places such as Mexico, Australia, Hawaii, Egypt, and Thailand.
g) Again you will need to be accredited but a skiing instructor can travel extensively and follow the snow!
h) If you find a place you would like to stay in for a while, why not sign up to be a tour escort? Although the pay is low you will gain great experience.
4. Rather than constantly traveling you can work in the travel and tourism industry and find that perfect place while getting a regular paycheck.
5. Why not get a free bed in exchange for some cleaning, cooking or reception duties? Hostels are a great way to exchange or barter for a bed and food.
6. Freelancing online gives many people the ultimate freedom. Whether you are an expert in travel writing, consulting, legal work, website development or other skills that allow you to work remotely, this is a great source of income.
7. The other online opportunity open to many is blogging, it can be travel related but does not need to be. As long as you can earn an income from your blog.
8. Have you always wanted to be an actor? Well overseas movie makers send out scouts to find extras – Mumbai and Kenya are two countries that do this.
9. Many countries offer working holiday visas allowing you to work and experience new places. France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Singapore are among the countries you can apply to.
10. For backpackers and travelers a regular source of income is fruit-picking. You will be out in the sun, making friends and enjoying some nourishment.In Australia for instance you may be paid per kilo or get room and board.

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Have you opted for any of these options? Why not share your experience?

Freelance Fright ~ Part I

April 30, 2014
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As a newbie to the freelance world, I so understand this…
Let you experiences in the comments. The more we share the more we learn and grow.

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Before I get started, I’d like to answer an email received, the answer provided is a bit in depth, so bear with me as I take care of this:

Q:What do you do when you feel not so free when you’re freelancing writing?

A: I read

Thank you for your patience…


I freelance write when I have time. It’s not difficult and it brings in extra cash whenever I want. There’s always an array of topics available online. Something is bound to capture your interest. I can understand your hesitation. I hope this blog reaches out and calms those fears of freelancing.

Freelance writing is a versatile and competitive field. There are many subjects and just as many so called experts on the subjects. I compare freelancing to an auction. You spend hours placing bids on various ads. From there it’s the proverbial wait game. You click on your email…

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