I am curious if any of you have experience of writing for a living, that is to say does anyone have a job or jobs that deal with writing articles, or other non-fiction.
I am seeking some opportunities to do so. Article/content writing seems the best fit, something I can write about that I have a good deal of understanding. I have looked at Elance and other such sites and am beginning to explore this avenue for the purpose of making a few bucks.
I am fortunate enough to be in a situation where I can dedicate to writing full-time. I have taken a long break (several years) from writing at all. For some reason when I started getting published and received an HM in WOTF I had a bit of a panic about having my words visible to so many and shut down completely.
Now that I have returned, I am confident and productive with my fiction writing and as I take steps to relaunch that part of my writing, I felt like exploring other avenues.
I would appreciate any shared experiences in which you have found success in such areas of writing. I feel myself itching to grow in that direction.
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My most productive published writing to date has been cultural narratives about a range of topics: labor relations politics, sexual politics, natural history, social history, folkloristics, cultural anthropology, and composition: social sciences and arts, actually. I've endeavored to craft literary analysis and interpretation of meaning, intent, and method, and enjoy partial success in those areas.
One crucial criteria I've encountered and is advised for any publication is know and write for the audience and marketplace target. Each topic may have only one demographic segment target or multiple overlaps. A key is a focused argumentation target audience that has broader outlet and audience potentials than the focus target so that, if one house and market and audience declines, others, perhaps second or third tier, may accept.
A conundrum that, one target market that appeals to a broad base of other targets, yet negotiation of that mischief is a hallmark of focused, successful product packaging.