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    Writing for fun or profit and discovering new ways to do so..

    Are you the type of person who likes to tell stories and see them down in print? Do you often journal about your thoughts and feelings in life? Are you an avid reader and often think to yourself, I could do that.

    Well, if the answer to any of those questions is “yes” then you may want to consider looking more closely at the idea of writing for a living or at least for your own fun and enjoyment. Writing has been around for centuries as scholars of ancient times recorded many different types of occurrences in history and wanted them to be available to those of us that would come along many years later.
    In this day and time, people write for a variety of reasons. Some may like to record their thoughts and feelings in a personal journal, others are professional writers who work at newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, libraries, or write their own individual books. Either way, writing is an extremely important part of our society and without it we would be lost. Imagine a world without writing and you can imagine a world without books, which to those of us in the library science field, is akin to not being able to breathe. We love books that’s for certain and so do the customers that visit our libraries across this great nation.

    With that said, if you do have an interest in writing, whether for pleasure or profit, there are some fantastic new ways to go about doing just that. I am going to let you in on a few of those new and innovative ways in which you can try your own hand at writing. I have personally tried some of these ways myself, although I’m not an expert just yet. However, I am most certainly going to keep trying until I get it right.

    Okay, so here are a few avenues that you might want to try if you haven’t yet:

    • Going to www.wordpress.com and trying your hand at creating your own blog. I have been on this site and it’s pretty easy to get started. The site allows you to be as creative as you want with your own blog, within reason of course. A basic blog is free but if you want something really stylish then you will have to pay in order to get that upgrade. For those who are serious about wanting to blog then that would be my recommendation to pay so that you can have a premier blog to show the world.
    • Stopping by your local public library, such as DCPL, and checking out the section of books that we have on all different kinds of writing and blogging. The primary call numbers for these items are as follows: 006.7; 658.8; 808.066; 808.042; 808.3; 808.3876; etc.
    • One of the foremost books that anyone needs to read that is really interested in any type of writing, which is basically a “writing bible” of sorts is this: The Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer. A new version of this book is published each year and the 2014 edition is now available on Amazon.
    • Using the Google search engine to find a wealth of sites on a variety of writing topics and places to sell your writing online. Here are a few sites you might want to peruse: www.indeed.com, www.elance.com, www.odesk.com, http://jobs.problogger.net, www.makealivingwriting.com and many others.
    • Also, if you are the type that wants to write for a magazine or newspaper then you can go directly to that individual website and look closely at their about section to see if they mention any guidance on what to do if you are interested in freelancing. If it’s not in the about section try clicking around on various links at the bottom of the page OR you can go to the handy Writer’s Market book and find your favorite magazine in it and see what they say about writing a query letter to that publication.

    By now, I hope you’re getting the idea that there are lots of ways to go about finding a way to write for fun or profit. You just  need to have the right tools at your disposal to see if you have what it takes. Also, you can always check your local listings in your area to see if there are any writers groups that meet to help you out in finding additional ways to get published or just by lending an ear to tell you how to refine your writing so that it does sell.

    I know in the Owensboro/Daviess County area we have The Owensboro Writers Group that meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Daviess County Public Library from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Public Lounge on the 2nd floor. The  website for this group is: www.owensborowritersgroup.com.

     

    Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. Mark Twain

     

     
     
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