Do you do transcription? Are you involved with any kind of professional captioning service? If you do either — or both — you know what I mean when I say such specialized writing requires a special set of listening skills and dexterity most people don’t appreciate. I remember how fascinated I was waaaayyyyy back in the Dark Ages when I was in junior high school (no, not middle school) and took my one semester class in “typing.” That’s what they called it before computers and keyboarding. It was fun learning how to type, it was amazing to watch Marsha type. […] Read More >
For you ad writers out there: Where do you draw the line between marketing and taking advantage of people?
I think I’ve addressed this issue before, but it’s been awhile. If you write ad copy for a living, as a freelancer part-time, or in any capacity — where do you draw the line (or lines) in your marketing? What are you willing to write for money or other benefits, and what would you refuse? It’s probably easy to say we wouldn’t write something illegal or intentionally offensive, especially regarding ad writing. And I doubt many of us that come here would intentionally write or disseminate pornography. What about writing copy that preys on the ignorance of customers? Is that […] Read More >
I realize the title of this post seems a bit odd, but I have a reason for the question. I’ll explain. In addition to blogging and other tortuous forms of life — I mean writing — I also spend a lot of my time trying to succeed at affiliate marketing. I’ve discussed all that before, so I won’t go into detail here. I hang out at a large forum which is like the center of the universe for thousands of affiliate marketers. One of the more successful marketers there is a resident of Las Vegas. I read a profile of […] Read More >
I’m sure all of the Hollywood and television writers are happy their strike ended and they’re able to get back to work. I’m equally sure many of them continued to write, even doing treatments and notes on their own during the strike for projects they can plug right in. But it was interesting to read in this article about them grappling with shorter deadlines in order to get television shows back on the air as soon as possible. What sort of writing deadlines do you face? Daily? Weekly? Only the self-imposed “deadlines” you set up for freelance projects? For all […] Read More >