Finding the ways to fill the time
It’s a great ice-breaker when asking people for interviews or photos, and as an online portfolio for editors to easily view. Meeting people increases the likelihood that others will hear of you through word of mouth who might have need of having copy written or photos taken.
Doing interviews of local groups, or events is fun, a great way to meet people, and good writing practice.
Stories are all around us. Take time to talk, to question and to learn, even without a specific article in mind, taking inspiration from the examples of others.
From a business card, to a printed slip of paper, especially for when you take a photo of someone, it’s polite to offer some way for them to get a copy if desired, and hopefully some more curious eyes on your blog.
It can be hard in the first stages to reply when the job question comes up: I’m a writer/ blogger/photographer. Blogger especially. The title has a stigma to the extent that it might seem less embarrassing to admit being unemployed.
Jeff Goins, “Great Writers” blog challenge first week’s challenge was: Tell people, everyone, out loud, that you are an author. No one is going to take you seriously, if even you can’t. It can be amazing how supportive some people, especially other writers and photographers, can be: giving advice, recommendations or contacts.
Think of a theme for the article as a frame-work to brainstorm questions within. Keep a journal to write out all your biases into, to stay conscious and clear of them while interviewing. Has the idea been done somewhere else already? Can it be viewed from a fresh angle or is even that a cliche? Identify what you want to learn from an interview.
At the same time, as Erica Smith noted in her blog post, The Line is Dancer, artists once learned to draw by copying art. Before photo shoots, compile a group of photos to possibly emulate, to help focus when time is limited. With greater practice and experience, a personal style and muscle memory develops, to the point of becoming intuitive.
Being a freelance writer is tough, and more work than many of us imagine. The rewards for many are that of a personal rather than financial nature, the sense of achievement as our writing and photography improves. The best thing about being part of a blogging community is that we can still share our work, and progress, to the interest and enjoyment of others and hopefully one day become successful freelance journalists.