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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymouswizard View Post
    I mostly write erotic friend fiction , the participants find it really annoying

    The LaZodiac+DataNinja one is the worst, the characters realised how unrealistic it was in chapter 2 and have been complaining about it ever since.
    I write all sorts of stories mostly Degrassi stories and a little bit of D&D stories. I write adult stories as well. I'm interested to read one of your stories someday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartmanhomer View Post
    I write all sorts of stories mostly Degrassi stories and a little bit of D&D stories. I write adult stories as well. I'm interested to read one of your stories someday.
    To be fair I was joking. Although I do want to write erotica.
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    So here I am, trapped in my laboratory, trying to create a Mechabeast that's powerful enough to take down the howling horde outside my door, but also won't join them once it realizes what I've done...twentieth time's the charm, right?
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    How about a Jovian Uplift stuck in a Case morph? it makes so little sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymouswizard View Post
    To be fair I was joking. Although I do want to write erotica.
    Ok, fair enough. I can still see you writing erotica though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohandas View Post
    I'd say that there's probably third-party tutorials, but the way things have been going the past decade or so those third-party tutorials are probably behind a paywall now too. Or exist only as an innavigable set of dozens of long-winded ad-supported youtube videos
    Yeah, they're paywalled. People sell "certification courses" for D365 and WebFocus. It doesn't help that there is no "single user' license you can use to directly poke and prod either of those things. It's enterprise/business level or nothin'.

    Quote Originally Posted by LaZodiac View Post
    Yeah that's not a problem for me. Just gotta... find someone who wants me to work for them. So many are like, must be a proven experienced ghost writer and buddy how do I prove that?
    It's rough; I have no real advice for you there since I never really tried to break into ghostwriting. I do know someone who does this so next time I get in touch with her I'll ask how she broke into the scene.

    Quote Originally Posted by LaZodiac View Post
    I could probably do that, though limiting myself to just legal writing would be... brain melting.

    EDIT: "what about the one about "writing product reviews and listicles". A lot of listicles strike me as being halfway between truth and fiction; sometimes more than halfway. "

    I mean yeah I'd take those. I just need to find anyone with an opening.
    Gaming websites are ALWAYS hiring, and don't have very high quality requirements. To not talk **** about ONE thing about working for these sites, they DO always credit their authors and don't have someone "rewrite" your **** by changing a couple of words and then give them the credit after you're gone. At worst they'll have somebody update the evergreen and then add a second byline instead of erasing yours.

    Try looking at Game Rant, Screen Rant, Gamepur, Dotesports, etc.; the low rent shovelware gaming sites that clog Google when you look up something about a game. Bigger publications like Kotaku and IGN actually pay a salary, but you have to go through an actual employment process and usually need to be available to work at their physical office for some unexplainable reason.

    But the smaller sites that just regurgitate news from the bigger ones will take just about anyone at any time. You just have to fight everyone for articles because they get shoved in a Trello queue and it's first come, first served on who gets to claim and write them.

    The majority of what you'll write will be short little 300 word pieces on whatever news that exists and the work is basically summarizing an article from one of the "real" sites in your own words and then writing "hat tip [real site]" at the bottom, or evergreen pieces like "Top 10 Minecraft skins" and so on, but you do get to pitch opinion pieces which usually pay a little better and are definitely more fun to write.

    The opinion pieces go into your portfolio and everything else into the bank, basically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymouswizard View Post
    I mostly write erotic friend fiction , the participants find it really annoying

    The LaZodiac+DataNinja one is the worst, the characters realised how unrealistic it was in chapter 2 and have been complaining about it ever since.
    I, ah... um... I don't really know what to say to this. Besides "it's kinda uncomfortable, conceptually, even as a joke."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataNinja View Post
    I, ah... um... I don't really know what to say to this. Besides "it's kinda uncomfortable, conceptually, even as a joke."
    Yeah, agreed on this point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rynjin View Post
    Upwork

    For freelancing, some Reddit communities are also sporadically helpful like r/HireaWriter or r/WritersforHire.

    And once you're able to start looking for more permanent gigs, you want to specifically look for job titles like: (Freelance) Content Writer, Copywriter, SEO Specialist, Marketing (Content) Writer, Communications Specialist, Social Media Manager, Marketing Specialist, Media Manager, etc.
    You neglected to mention that Upwork ****ing charges you to bid on job applications. This was a waste of my ****ing time.

    I suppose I'll check reddit next, and some of the other places you recommended.

    To be clear I'm not mad at you, just extremely ****ing pissed at how stupid this is, and how much time I wasted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaZodiac View Post
    Yeah, agreed on this point.



    You neglected to mention that Upwork ****ing charges you to bid on job applications. This was a waste of my ****ing time.

    I suppose I'll check reddit next, and some of the other places you recommended.

    To be clear I'm not mad at you, just extremely ****ing pissed at how stupid this is, and how much time I wasted.
    You're supposed to get like 200 free connects a month or something like that? But I know they keep changing how the Connects system works, which sucks.

    Edit: looks like it's down to 10 now, ugh. Site's really gone downhill since I last used it I guess. most jobs take like 4-6 Connects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaZodiac View Post
    You neglected to mention that Upwork ****ing charges you to bid on job applications. This was a waste of my ****ing time.

    I suppose I'll check reddit next, and some of the other places you recommended.

    To be clear I'm not mad at you, just extremely ****ing pissed at how stupid this is, and how much time I wasted.
    Wow, that's some bull****. So Upwork expects people to pay them first for the privilege of applying to an opening and then maybe someone will pay you? I'm sensing some real exploitation going on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Form View Post
    Wow, that's some bull****. So Upwork expects people to pay them first for the privilege of applying to an opening and then maybe someone will pay you? I'm sensing some real exploitation going on there.
    Honestly it just sounds to me like the logical end point of the gig economy. Which is a model that at least makes some sense for a job like writing (which can fairly easily be fitted around an existing job), even if the way it's implemented is often horrifically abusive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelphas View Post
    So here I am, trapped in my laboratory, trying to create a Mechabeast that's powerful enough to take down the howling horde outside my door, but also won't join them once it realizes what I've done...twentieth time's the charm, right?
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Raziere View Post
    How about a Jovian Uplift stuck in a Case morph? it makes so little sense.

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    Today is job interview day for me. Wish me well everyone.
    It's time to get my Magikarp on!

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    Default Re: Ionathus's Random Banter #249 -- Directionless Rambling Is Now Mandatory

    Quote Originally Posted by Rynjin View Post
    You're supposed to get like 200 free connects a month or something like that? But I know they keep changing how the Connects system works, which sucks.

    Edit: looks like it's down to 10 now, ugh. Site's really gone downhill since I last used it I guess. most jobs take like 4-6 Connects.
    "They keep changing how the service works and how many 'credits' you get" immediately makes me wonder if they're hemorrhaging money. MoviePass famously did a very similar thing once they stopped and went "wait a minute...how exactly are we going to make money on this service?"

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    Today is job interview day for me. Wish me well everyone.
    Good luck!! Remember that it's okay to pause and take a second to think about a tricky question before answering!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ionathus View Post



    Good luck!! Remember that it's okay to pause and take a second to think about a tricky question before answering!
    Thanks, friend for the wonderful advice.
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