Fixed Content material Author Success Story: Michele Truthful

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To wrap up 2022’s Author Success Tales, we’d prefer to introduce you to author Michele Truthful. She seeks out fixed inspiration each at and away from her writing desk, takes time to plan forward to hit her deadlines, and savors the pliability that freelance writing affords her.

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How did you hear about Fixed Content material, when did you be part of the platform, and the way did you begin incomes with us as a contract author?

I heard about Fixed Content material by means of a fellow author I met on-line on the time. She extremely beneficial them, so I made a decision that I might give them a attempt. This was simply after I left a full-time job working as an workplace assistant to pursue my aim of working as a full-time author. After submitting my take a look at articles and getting authorized, I started working for my first consumer by means of the platform in November of 2015. The primary direct consumer I had was a web site and travel-based firm referred to as Zozi, which centered on making a listing of enjoyable actions and excursions based mostly on places all around the world. The content material consisted of touchdown pages, and that was my very first vital task with Fixed Content material as a part of a workforce and through non-public requests.

What sort of content material have you ever created for Fixed Content material, and what are your favourite forms of assignments?

I’ve accomplished fairly just a few several types of assignments for Fixed Content material together with touchdown pages, blogs, and product descriptions. Certainly one of my favourite shoppers was Wayfair since house items and residential décor (furnishings, and so on.) are my foremost area of interest. I had the chance to put in writing fairly just a few touchdown pages for Wayfair based mostly on a number of completely different classes of merchandise, which I totally loved. I additionally fairly get pleasure from writing product descriptions, and I helped present tens of 1000’s of them for Hayneedle alone! Doing product descriptions for CVS Pharmacy can be extraordinarily gratifying for me. Nonetheless, I must say that blog-style content material and touchdown or class pages are by far my favourite issues to put in writing when it comes to a content material sort.

What’s it like working with Fixed Content material in comparison with different freelance platforms?

The communication between writers and the employees at Fixed Content material is superior! Maintaining the traces of communication open is invaluable, particularly whenever you’re coping with completely different shoppers who all have numerous particular pointers and wishes. The flexibility to speak to my workforce leaders both by means of electronic mail or stay on the Slack app is extraordinarily useful each time I’ve a query or want help with one thing particular. I additionally like the truth that the terrific employees right here actually does recognize their high quality writers, and so they make sure that to allow them to know. I’m usually advised that I’m valued, which is sadly fairly uncommon on this planet of freelancing. The expression of gratitude is definitely one thing that helps to make Fixed Content material stand other than the ocean of different freelance platforms on the market.

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You’ve discovered success connecting with shoppers who like your work and are available again to you for extra. How did you get related with these shoppers?

Virtually each long-term consumer I’ve had by means of the Fixed Content material platform got here to me by means of an enterprise workforce that I used to be recruited to, both through casting name or direct request. When you’re on a workforce doing work that you simply actually get pleasure from, most shoppers will proceed to provide you extra work as you go. It’s crucial to pay attention fastidiously and perceive what the consumer needs and iron out any misunderstandings or discrepancies as quickly as you’ll be able to. The consumer has an obligation to make their targets and expectations clear to you, however as a author, it’s your obligation to just remember to’re giving them what they need, too. Maintaining the traces of communication open and responding to suggestions is one of the best ways to not solely discover new shoppers however to keep up long-term relationships with those you want working with.

Are you able to give us a glimpse of your every day writing course of so different writers can be taught the way it results in author success?

I usually write out my assignments utilizing a weekday calendar. The calendar is principally a notepad with tear-away sheets, and every sheet has columns that present the completely different days of the week. The week prior, I enter deadlines into every day’s column, then use these as a information to assist me make it possible for I’m on observe and don’t miss a deadline. I additionally attempt to work early within the morning as I discover that my mind tends to work at its greatest early within the day. I usually are likely to burn out by the afternoon. Nonetheless, for those who occur to be extra of an evening owl, then you definitely may do higher by working throughout the night hours. The trick is to seek out what schedule and tempo actually give you the results you want so that you simply get into a very good groove. When you discover a good rhythm, it’s simpler to remain centered on every particular person job with out overdoing it. It’s additionally essential to solely take what you’ll be able to deal with. That method, you’re at all times placing your greatest writing foot ahead whereas additionally minding your psychological well being and well-being.

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How does writing for Fixed Content material improve your artistic writing observe and accommodate your way of life outdoors of writing for the platform?

I’m grateful each single day for the chance to be a contract author. Not solely has it allowed me to be taught new strategies and develop my horizons, nevertheless it provides me the liberty to do far more with my time. As an alternative of being tied to a standard schedule such as you could be when working for an organization as an worker, writing has afforded me the flexibility to go on a day journey if I wish to, take a sick day if I must, and schedule issues like my pet’s veterinary appointments any time I must. The flexibility to be versatile normally is invaluable to me. As for the artistic writing observe, simply writing each day helps me enhance my expertise and encourages me to department out and check out new issues.

What studying sources have you ever beforehand used or at present use to hone your craft?

Each author has their very own voice, so I really feel like writing is one thing that’s particular and distinctive to every particular person. Nonetheless, I do get pleasure from speaking to different writers, particularly once I want to realize some perception or get recent inspiration. I additionally suppose the straightforward act of studying is an excellent method to hone your craft as a author. Discover a style and some authors that you simply actually admire and luxuriate in and use these books as a supply to encourage you. I do use Grammarly as a web based software to assist me with any spelling or grammatical errors. Hemmingway is one other glorious (and free) useful resource you need to use that can assist you with issues like ensuring your sentences are within the current tense and monitoring readability ranges.

Do you will have a ardour or artistic outlet, outdoors of your writing, that enhances your life as a author?

I’m fortunate in that my area of interest can be my ardour. I completely love house design and inside décor, and I’m continually engaged on new methods to make my house extra lovely and purposeful. My husband and I purchased a brand-new house in 2020 (proper initially of the pandemic!) and I’ve been engaged on making it my very own ever since. I’m at all times scouring on-line shops, thrift outlets, and designer blogs to get impressed. Not solely does this get me enthusiastic about my very own home, nevertheless it’s additionally an effective way to get recent concepts for lots of the content material that I write.

Do you will have any remaining phrases of knowledge to assist the Fixed Content material writers discover their very own author success?

Maintain at it and by no means hand over! Proceed to attempt new issues till you discover the writing fashion and the consumer that works greatest for you and your private fashion. All the time search for new work and proceed to speak with the individuals at Fixed Content material. You must also be sincere about issues that concern you and about the kind of work you’re prepared to tackle. It’s completely effective to say no if the writing isn’t for you or for those who’re feeling overwhelmed. On the subject of writing, it’s all about discovering steadiness.

Creator photograph by Michele Truthful. Pictures by Unsplash, Pixabay

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