For people reading this, I want to explain my writing ground and experience and, in part, writing advice for any people interested in writing as a career as a copywriter, magazine writer, authorship and other writing forms relevant to the industry.
I began writing seriously from 2014 to 2018 at the University of Hull, where I completed my Politics and International Relations Degree; during that period, I learned critical thinking skills, research skills and independence.
(YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO TO UNIVER TO LEARN THOSE SKILLS, BUT IT DOES HELP)
I recommend developing critical thinking and independent learning skills if you wish to be a writer, either a freelancer, within employment, or to build your writing craft.
If you are writing for yourself, my advice is to learn to unlearn bad habits you may have learned in certain forms of employment, particularly from your high school times.
This is because certain environments train you to be an employee meant to perform a task or a simple factory worker. Successful writers require imagination, adaptability, creativity, resilience, and independence, which are helpful in specific work environments but not for higher skills.
My professional writing experience started in 2020. I got my first experience working as a Social Media Writer creating content for social media for brands related to cosmetics; this experience provided me with an opening to learn about content creation and digital marketing.
As writers, your bread-and-butter will typically be online magazines, working as a ghost copywriter and possibly writing for professional journals such as medicine, human resources, UX design thinking or other writing opportunities.
Social media is essential to understand the critical component to be successful with social media; it is to be social is why those apps exist, so I recommend you create four posts per day that are social content and business-related posts.
Try to identify what content is most useful for yourselves if you wish to be a social media digital marketer then; by creating a solid following on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or other relevant platforms will be essential to demonstrating you have practical experience and skills in developing a substantial following.
It is also essential to remember the needs and requirements of the organisation you are looking to work for because your content strategy may not be a good fit for their organisation.
Furthermore, ensure all your content is something you will not mind your mother seeing.
My other writing experiences are Academic Writing, Search Engine Optimisation Writing, UX design writing, entertainment writing, political writing, game writing, game guides writing, Blog Writing and a host of other writing experiences.
A List of Places I have written for as a Writer and Copywriter
I have worked as a copywriter, social media writer, freelance writer and magazine writer since November 2020; in that time, I have used SEO, AP style, Features Writer and writing using the brand voice and created sales copy for online.
Writing Website Portfolio Link https://jonathancopywriter.wixsite.com/jonathan-riley-write
The Training HUB Copywriter and Assistant Editor
History On The Net History Writer
History Is Know History Writer
Authors Publishing Magazine Writer
WhatCulture List Writer
Embrace The Suck Writer
Successful Mind Set Agency Copywriter
Peral Lemon Marketing Agency Copywriter
The Sybarite Magazine Features Writer
O87 Recovery Diaries Writer
Oriflamme Cosmetics Agency social media Writer
Local Leads Venture Limited Agency Copywriter
Arcadia Academic Writer
Pigeon Week News Writer https://pigeonweek.com/author/jonathan/
Medium Writer https://medium.com/@jonathanrileywriter
If you wish to review my experience, I shall leave the link to my LinkedIn account, which does contain some portfolio samples as well; as portfolio samples can be found on my WIXs portfolio page so that you can see I know what I’m talking about and you can learn from my experiences.
Watching and learning from other people’s lives is a great way to learn.
It’s essential to research clients and make sure a message and emails have excellent grammar because you will be judged first and foremost on your writing abilities.
Excuses will not cut it because clients are not your mum, dad or manager; you are an independent contractor; you are expected to be professional in all your communications unless you have built a strong rapport between yourselves, the client or your point of contact.
Business is about results and delivering the services that you have promised I myself have delivered all of my written work on time and in a professional manner I have made one mistake, which is responding to a client when running on a treadmill by text.
(I GO TO THE GYM TO RELAX; IT MAY HELP YOU AS WELL)
Naturally, writing on a treadmill does not guarantee the best-written message, so to avoid this happening again, I respond to all my messages using Gmail and a grammatical checker.
This was a simple mistake I made when I started working freelance try avoiding small stupid mistakes; this will be great advice on writing for yourselves and others.
Online Resources For Free Writers
A great place to start is to use the Google Search Engine; if you get any information from Google, check multiple sources such as the news, well-known blogs, and other references that collaborate with anything you write.
YouTube is another great resource because content creators list the sources in their video descriptions, which you can use to create original content.
Furthermore, if you are looking for suitable research articles or other forms of content, JSTOR is a digital library founded in 1994.
Originally containing digitised back issues of academic journals, it now encompasses books, other primary sources, and current issues of journals in the humanities and social sciences.
It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals. The first 100 articles and journals are free; after this, you must pay a subscription; here is the link to the website https://www.jstor.org/.
This resource is fantastic if you are writing work that needs to be of academic quality but still keep your words accessible to the general public so that you create quality work that matches the client’s needs and the readership’s needs.
It’s essential to write for the needs of the client and the audience, not for your enjoyment or how you think it needs to be done unless the client asks; never give unsolicited advice to anybody.
Naturally, books and audiobooks are fantastic resource tools if you are working for a client or organisation over the years and doing online learning and reading on the topic.
This conversely improves your writing and abilities to write different forms of the role that content for various websites.
For people reading this, please ask any questions, and if anybody is interested in my writing services, please feel free to contact me.
Social Media and Other Links
LinkedIn Link https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-riley-b463881b4/
Blog Link https://renaissancehumanism.co.uk/
Anchor Link https://anchor.fm/renaissancehumanism
My Amazon author page https://www.amazon.com/author/jonathan1997
My Twitter https://twitter.com/Jonathan5080549
My Medium link jonathanrileywriter.medium.com