Somewhere between 2010 and 2016, while learning to write and publish, I understood that I can also write for some other people who have ideas but no time or who had time but had no clue how to write it down even on a piece of paper. I was very thrilled at this fact that I can have my own clientele. I started to look up to writing as a mental and a physical exercise. It became a meditation for me. Sometimes it helps me focus on one sentence, in fact, one single word! My fingers typed whatever my mind could think of.
I became the branding voice for my clients. Of late, I realized I was gradually moving into an unknown territory of proofreading and editing. I also experienced short stints with Ghostwriting.
Later on, unapologetically, I started to edit chic-fiction purely for fun as a teenager! But a few weeks later, I realized how dumb I was being carried away by these spells of ghostwriting assignments for infamous novellas since I was losing out on my precious time, energy and efforts in writing something mundane ad repetitive. Rather I found joy in creating my own content or explaining other’s business much better. I wanted to finish a writing in one day and just mail it off to the client in a span of 48 hours. That’s it!
I was able to love non-fiction very easily since I always loved writing that is descriptive, informative and contains thoughts to be provoked, like an experiential piece.
Like a movie!? In fact, I gradually gained this understanding that I can create better write-ups without the monotony of writing regular stuff even if it was for sales and marketing purpose. I loved creating something write-ups so much integrated with the product, service, deign and customer’s reviews. My clients loved the questions I bugged them with before writing about them. I guess that’s where I was crowd apart. I won it. My idea was never about earning some more buck. But was to choose between two assignments. I chose the ones that stimulated me after years of experiences.
Most of these content writing freelancing projects gave me some extra-terrestrial experiences too as I never felt so differently grounded as I did then while writing for other genres. I started to believe in such writing than scrap dialogues with tragic or happy or unreal story endings. My writings gained conviction by then. Because I wrote something I was sure of. I was sure what to talk about, where to start from and how to end a good set of nonfiction writing pieces to publish, especially online.
I tried a few hands-on variety of writing assignments by creating content for the websites, publishing blogs for multiple fields like IT, Retail, Real estates, mega stores, fashion, and media. I typed many social media posts, wrote for a couple of blurbs, balanced reviews for books, exhaustive annual reports, and pitching proposals.
When I had that ‘pretty’ experience in writing flawlessly, I jumped to copy-editing and proof-reading. Recently, I completed an assignment in documentation and publishing at the consulting department at one of the famous design schools in India. My role was more than just developing few missing pieces in the content, it was also copywriting, copy-editing and proof-reading. Nevertheless, any writing assignment, especially for the online, is never devoid of these roles. The assignment was more of reading carefully. It was about mulling over the alternative way of putting the written sentence (say the same thing in an appropriate manner). It was more of diction, finding to write the right words (read it again, it’s Fun!) and fitting them in the right place. That’s all a good writer’s basic learning is all about, isn’t it?