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The image shown here is almost the exact typewriter I first started writing on in my Grandpa’s basement some 30 years ago. Just looking at the image I can still smell the device – the metals, old wood, paper and even the ribbon. It’s almost like I am still sitting at my Grandpa’s old workbench hammering out my latest story at nine-years old. Although I haven’t taken the path to continuing the fictional writing I started with, I still feel I kept somewhat true to my passions of the past.
Freelance writers today have technology to rely on. If you make a mistake, hit the backspace. If you use Firefox, MS Word or OpenOffice, misspelled words will be highlighted for you to fix. People don’t have to be expert spellers and have grammatical cheats in today’s world.
I remember many times when I was writing that my fingers were moving so fast that I had to learn to type at a certain pace. The arms of the letters on that old typewriter kept slamming together and getting stuck. I still remember the feel of those metal arms as I regularly brushed my fingers across them. Today, my computer keeps up fairly well and I don’t have to fight anything but myself in terms of typing fast.
Freelance writers of 50 to 60 years ago had to work harder in order to get noticed. This evolved into needing agents to help you get published. Today, you start a blog for free and write about anything you wish – and people will read it. You can sign up with services such as TextBroker.com or WriterAccess.com and create content as a ghost writer making a few cents per word. Technology has made it much easier to be a writer in just about any fashion.
Instead of a publishing house accepting your fictional writing, you can be self-published without spending a single dime on materials. Sites like Amazon’s CreateSpace.com provide a great opportunity for individuals to become eCelebrities. Wattpad.com provides an excellent atmosphere for people to submit their work in order to gain critiques from the readers.
For a freelance writer, life is good and can get better. As long as you put effort into becoming great, you will be. There are opportunities scattered all over the Internet. Benefit form the advancements of today in order to have a brighter tomorrow.