I didn’t set out one day to become a writer. It was a process I arrived at a little at a time and perhaps you’ve felt the same way. I had always enjoyed English at school, though I had a love hate relationship with English Literature.
However, I used to read an awful lot, paperback fiction on flying, adventure, the Ian Fleming James Bond books, that type of thing. Brian Lecomber’s trio of paperback I still have today. It’s a shame, in my view, that he wasn’t more prolific.
However I got into the whole ‘being paid to write’ gig in a roundabout way. Shooting car editorial stories as a photographer, several things occurred to me.
Firstly, I was the one lying on the floor getting wet and dirty shooting the car, while the writer helped, to varying degrees, and didn’t get wet or covered in dirt. He simply had to drive.
Secondly, he was the one that drive the interesting car, while I simply documented the process. And sometimes, they weren’t that great to work with.
Thirdly, I used to read the finished article very often with a sense of dissapointment.
Finally, a great many photo shoots were delayed and delayed as the editor tried to find a writer. So to keep things moving, I offered to write it.
“Can you write?”
“Who knows? If you don’t like it, throw it away.”
That’s how it started. Today, I write editorial features, sales copy, sales pages for websites to help businesses sell and, of course, this blog.
I hope in the links below you will find some information that will help and also some inspiration that if you want to write, there’s no-one stopping you except yourself.