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Professional Writing eBook

 

An ebook for anyone interested in writing for a living whether it’s writing fiction, magazine articles, company blogs or more.  

Professional Writing

by John Mason and the Staff of ACS

Professional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals or procedure manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books and other academic material and so on.

How  many people dream about becoming a professional writer? Professional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals or procedure manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books and other academic material and so on. However, many people just write for sheer pleasure.

Chapter 1: The Passion

  • Pathways to writing
  • How much of the job is writing?
  • Where can you get paid for writing?

Chapter 2. Dealing with Change and Diversity

  • Market change
  • Deadlines
  • Technological change
  • Other digital writing skills
  • Legal changes
  • Cultural change
  • Timing is everything

Chapter 3. Writers and their Employers

  • Grammar and style issues
  • Cross genre writing
  • Team work
  • Delivering the amount of work required
  • Delivering work in the correct format
  • What is a writer like?
  • Writing alone or in a team
  • Remaining impartial
  • Meeting deadlines

Chapter 4 Writing to Persuade

  • How do writers persuade their readers?
  • Appealing to our emotions
  • Encouraging the reader to conform
  • Using facts and figures to support arguments
  • Encouraging the reader to feel self conscious
  • Urgency
  • Sarcasm and humour
  • Appeal to authority
  • Name calling
  • Glitter and sparkle
  • How then do you write to persuade?

Chapter 5. Not all Professional Writing is Profitable

  • Writing speed can be important
  • Speed without quality is a problem
  • Increase profitability with illustration
  • Get something extra from your writing
  • Self publishing can be profitable
  • Self publishers -using social media
  • Remember that you are running a business

Chapter 6. Rules of the Game

  • Learn to focus
  • Develop a sharp understanding of ambiguity
  • Be concise
  • Stick to the requirements of the person asking for the writing
  • Know your audience
  • Be logical, organised and systematic
  • Use grammar and punctuation properly
  • Choose to create clarity, or confusion, with intent
  • Look after your physical health
  • Learn to edit or proof your work
  • Don't just think about writing
  • Persistence can pay off
  • Being a writer
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