Learning and Writing With Different Styles

Hello!!!!

Thank you to everyone who read and commented on my last post. It’s nice to read what everyone else is working on and see writers engaging with each other. After all, it’s always good to support your fellow writer.

To everyone who is writing and working on submissions, this is for you:

to the writers

Today, I want to write about learning and writing different styles. I’m sure some of you are wondering what I mean, but don’t worry, I’ll explain it.

Just like many of you, I’m sure you’ve been writing online for a while now. In most online communities, I’ve met a good number of writers – writers who of course, want to write fiction. As fiction writers, one of our goals is to publish and keep improving our craft. However, we all know that fiction writing doesn’t always pay well. I want to write, but sadly, I also need to make money. When I finally decided to write full time, I kept looking at the best-paid jobs for writers. If anyone is interested, I’ve posted some jobs below:

Technical Writer
Copy Writer
Editor

You can also read more here: 6 Awesome Careers for Writers

Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking that’s not the same as fiction writing; it’s boring. And as someone who is trying to be a technical writer, I agree with you. But, I can honestly say technical writing has helped improved my craft.

With technical writing, you need to be clear, direct, and concise. In other words, get the point across with no needless words, and make it clear so readers (in layman’s terms) can understand.

That writing has vastly helped my fiction writing. Before, when I used to write my sentences, I would border on purple prose because I liked “flower language.” Now, when writing my stories, it’s easier for me to notice “filler words” and if my passages aren’t concise. Of course, sometimes, you’ll want to throw your readers off during a story, but overall, we don’t want our books hard to read, or we won’t get readers.

In the beginning, it surprised me that other writers didn’t try for travel writing, article writing, or other professional writing jobs. Just because it isn’t related to fiction writing, doesn’t mean you cannot have fun with it or learn from it. In my travel writing class, I learned describing an environment is important. Mostly because in travel writing, readers will want to smell what you smelled and sense what you sensed. It’s a way of giving the readers a motive to visit that location.

The lead technical writer I once worked with told me this, “I’ve read your stuff, and I really think you would do well with marketing writing.”

what

To those words, I arched an eyebrow and questioned what he said. Then I thought, in a way, if you blog, you’re also doing article and marketing writing, so that gave me something to think about ^__^

Maybe that’s something some of you will think about, too.

Question: as a fiction writer, have you ever thought of doing a more traditional writing job? Why or why not?      

 

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13 thoughts on “Learning and Writing With Different Styles

  1. I’m currently applying for jobs in the professional writing and editing careers. As many writers know it’s hard to make a career out of writing fiction so I figure that a job that still incorporates writing while allowing time for more creative writing is a good choice. Plus I enjoy editing as well as nonfiction writing too so I think it’s a good choice for me personally. 😊 Great post! ❤

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    • That’s so awesome! I know you’ll find something =) I always admire writers who want to do writing full time and not just fiction writing. I wish you the best! Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog post^^

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  2. For me, I’m not sure. I prefer other forms of creation too such as music, gaming, and hope to do so. The one thing I also learned was that I will detest a day job, and well I figured that out when I was working my first part time job. Maybe I will think about it but my other thoughts are perhaps becoming a part of the gaming industry, using the fact that I do well in a variety of things except anything related to arts and sciences leaves me with a lot of choices. So, I will just think about it.

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    • I feel most people hate the “day-time job.” It’s not fun todo, and it’s soulless. You have time to decide what you want to do, but it’s always good to build up those skills early. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      • Yeah, I’m a student despite everything I am doing. So, there is that which leaves me time since I know that a lot of time the things you do in reality have very little correlation to whatever you studied.

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  3. I actually started my writing career as a journalist at a newspaper, attempting to work my way toward one day writing novels. I have to say though that writing news articles and writing fiction are completely different. I had to relearn how to write for journalism. The best way to demonstrate the difference is that fiction stories are shaped like a square. You have a beginning, middle, and end. News articles are shaped like a pyramid. The most important thing you have to say in the article goes in the first line. You then put in the next most important information, and so on, realizing that the average reader only reads the first couple of paragraphs of the article. The least important and background information go at the back of the story. If we wrote books like that, no one would ever finish reading them. Although there is a similarity in that the first sentence in both a news article and a book is very important. Feature stories are the one exception I can think of and have a feel similar to fiction writing. Magazine articles can stretch a little more in that direction too.
    I have to be honest, journalism wasn’t even close to being as satisfying for me as writing fiction, but I think it depends on what the writer enjoys writing and their goals. For me, journalism was giving other people’s stories a voice, while fiction allows me to create my own story.

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    • You described journalism and writing so well. I never got into journalism, but I can see how it’s giving other people’s stories a voice and fiction writing gives you a voice. As for technical writing, there isn’t really anything creative about it, but it does pay well, so I hope I can do well in it. Of course, I hope one day I will succeed at being a full-time fiction writer.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! As writers, we need to decide what writing works best for us, but I do like reading about fiction writers that do other forms of writing, too.

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  4. I know the comment is a bit late…. but I’ve been meaning to chime in.

    I started my creative journeys more on the hands-on side of things – film-making, theater, graphic design, etc. Eventually I became a ‘writer’ when I was hired as a PR person for a medium-sized company in the Midwest selling woodworking machinery. Sounds incredibly boring, and it did to me as well at the time, but I was desperate for work! Carpet-cleaning, roofting and the Walmart deli would make anyone desperate! 😉

    Customer success stories, new product press releases, product descriptions, social media posts are generally what I ‘write’ for the company. As well, I get to use my past experience with video-making, design, and marketing strategy on a daily basis with our small and close-knit International Marketing team. I’ve been developing and using those skills and passions I have, and I’ve been paid to do it!

    This job is going on 7 years now, I live in Europe, and have traveled in 30+ countries on four continents… all while writing for a ‘boring’ woodworking company! Needless to say, there has been nothing boring about it!

    Just as an example, here’s an article I wrote, photographed and filmed in Wales. The video has over 300,000 views! http://www.woodmizer-europe.com/About-us/Newsroom/Articles/from-log-to-modulog-in-wales
    For 6 hours, I visited the father/son woodworking team, interviewed them, ran around with them photographing and filming. Then back in the office I developed the article, while a colleague edited the photos and edited together the video.

    Outside of work, I’ve had more opportunities to work on my own writing hobby. I’ve finished a screenplay and I’m close to self-publishing my first novel – in addition to the responsibilities of having a family to take care of and spend time with. Perhaps I’d like to be farther along with my hobbies than I am, but I honestly believe my personal projects are much better for their drawn-out formation process. I’m great with ideas, but not very good at the granular execution of writing fiction. Time has helped bring up the quality bit by bit.

    I’m not trying to impress anyone, just presenting the facts of my career so far. I’ve been incredibly fortunate, and I’m always grateful for these opportunities. I suppose the point I’m making is that ‘selling out’ and getting a 9-to-5 job is often something creatives like ourselves dread most of all. We believe it will get in the way of that creative life journey we’ve always dreamed of. This can cause us to resist getting a ‘job’, really looking for a job, or not being invested in one once we get it. In my case, my job has provided outlets and opportunities for me to explore, see, experience and learn more than I could have ever dreamed. I’ve given it my all, and the company has responded by trusting me to travel and bring back material that will ultimately help the company sell and grow.

    If you’re considering a 9-to-5, I’d recommend looking for medium-sized companies that you may never have heard of before. Medium-sized companies are usually more flexible than big corporations and give you a broader range of responsibilities, but also have bigger budgets and capabilities than really small companies.

    As well, if the company sells internationally, you may have possibilities for international travel. My company has fewer than 1000 employees, but we really sell product globally and have people employed worldwide. Last year I was on four different continents in the space of 6 weeks… discussing marketing strategy with colleagues, visiting customers to write articles, filming, etc. I feel very fortunate.

    Very good topic A.M. Bradley. Thanks for writing on it. 🙂 Sorry for the late reply!

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