Friday, August 6, 2010

Writer Spotlight: Chrissy Begemann



How did you become interested in writing?
I have been a voracious reader since I was six and that has definitely influenced my writing. I enjoy the structure writing brings to unorganized thought.

Why did you decide to pursue freelance writing as a career?
I had a wide variety of jobs while I was in college. The ones that made me the happiest at the end of the day were the ones that challenged me as a writer. As a freelance writer, I enjoy both the flexibility to take on projects that interest me and the challenge that comes from creating a product that meets the client's needs.

What type of freelance writing do you do?
News articles, blog entries, business proposals, ghost writing.

What do you love most about it?
I love learning about topics I would not normally research on my own.

What is the most stressful aspect of being a freelance writer?
Maintaining a strong client list.

How do you deal with writer's block?
I usually give myself 15 minutes to do some filing or cleaning to clear my head. After the 15 minutes, I come back to the task and free write until it comes together.

What are some of your career goals?
My specific career goals tend to change, but the field remains the same. I thrive in the world of print. The career goal in mind for now involves becoming the editor-in-chief for a publishing company.

Are there any projects you're currently working on?
August is a big month for me. I am working on a few of my personal blogs, Write is Right and The Life and Times of a Twenty-Something. I'm also trying to teach myself DreamWeaver.

Advice/tips for aspiring freelancers.
Build your network. Surround yourself with people with similar goals. You can learn from each other what works and what doesn't.
Ask for help. Find a mentor. Find someone out there who works on the level you dream about.
Know your limits. Don't get burned out by promising to deliver too much in too short a time. Remember to schedule days off to rest your mind.

For more info on Chrissy, check out her website, ChrissyBegemann.com.

Success & Fabulousness,

If you're a writer interested in being featured, contact me at jamie [at] mochawrites [dot]com.

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