Progress my dear, progress

Good morning!

Well, I’ve been something of a busy bee of late. I’ve now completed the majority of my market research for my short story writing and freelance work! There’s a lot more opportunities out there than I originally thought, so I’m feeling optimistic đŸ™‚ I’ve complied a list of magazines I feel I can contribute to, what their individual guidelines are (word count, genre etc) and emailed editors my queries.

Yesterday I finally filled in my business plan proposal, which was considerably easier than I imagined. I suppose it’s harder for those who are selling a product or service that has costs attributed to them. I got away with not filling in the financial forecasts as I thought it not really appropriate for my market area.

I have also completed a writing sample and a short story ready to send off once I’ve registered with the HMRC, and have now applied for my first freelance writing gig.

Today is my first business planning meeting, where I’ll be assigned a business mentor. I’ve got all my materials together and am just about to write a list of questions to take in with me.

Wish me luck!

It’s all going on!

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Hello world! And so it begins…

 
 
It begins with what? With research. Lots and lots of research. I am now looking at all the different markets that I feel I can contribute to. Where is my writing best suited? How can I adapt my writing without compromising it? These are the questions that i’m now answering, or at least, attempting to. I am also getting together story ideas ready to start writing. This is exciting but also daunting. I think that sometimes the idea of doing something is actually worse than doing the thing itself. When I was at university and was faced with essay questions to prepare I would almost always start panicing, but then the more material I got together the more prepared I felt, and then the less nervous I became about writing so I am hoping that this process will be similar to that. I am aiming to get a short story, of around 1200-2000 words done in draft form by the end of the day. And a lot lot lot more reading and research done too! I also believe that confidence accounts for a lot in terms of success. Enid Blyton and J K Rowling were turned down by many publishers before they got their book deals. I think that if you are willing to work hard and believe in yourself then you can achieve anything.

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