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The super-duper, never-heard-before secret to writing a novel in 30 days!

(Ha!  See what I did there?  Copywriting one-oh-one.)

Oh, sorry.  Did you actually want the secret?  Here it is:

Don’t.

I have been in the deep, dark pit of despair that is applying and interviewing for new jobs.  And have just turned down a job (direct-mail, selling white papers) to avoid writing headlines like this all day every day.  My soul cannot handle it.  But I fear my soul is slowly dying at the current job as well (though for other reasons).

Also, London has forgotten that it was sunny and lovely and we’ve all gotten out our summer dresses and sandals and reverted to winter!

On the plus side, however, on the tube the other day I saw a girl wearing white patent shoes, neon blue tights, neon pink shorts, a green-blue-and pink dress (all neon), a PATENT neon-pink jacket, and bright blue sunglasses.  Her boyfriend had green and blue hair.  Hooray!  A smile!

So blogger-friends, please pray (send good vibes, think happy-job thoughts, etc.) for me!

(I’m off to see what you’ve been up to)

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Copywriting FAIL!

March 24, 2010 4 comments

Discussion between me and my boss yesterday:

Boss: Thanks for sending that spreadsheet through.

Me: No worries. [bloody hate spreadsheets! Don’t understand having to use Excel for copy even if it is a content schedule]

Boss: [chuckle, chuckle]

Me: [sinking feeling of despair] What?

Boss: How do you spell “description”?

Me: [Complete panic as have absolutely NO IDEA how to spell “description” without lovely, helpful MS Word and lovely, helpful squiggly red line and auto-correct function] What? Why? [shameless stalling tactic as desperately open MS Word and type in “discription” –auto change to “description”]

Boss: I can’t believe I’ve caught YOU out on a spelling error [snigger, snigger]

Me: What? No, surely not!  Description is spelled d-e-s-c-r-i-p-t-i-o-n.

Boss: You’ve spelled it d-i-s…

Me: No! Really? Sorry, must be a typo…

Boss: You’ve done it about 50 times on this one spreadsheet

Me: [Bollocks!] it’s excel…copy&paste

Boss: [unsure of what was said here as drowned out by laughter]

Helpful interjection by co-worker: FAIL!

Me: Shut-up [immediate hunt on job-boards]

Huh.  Considering career change.

Why copywriting is a great day job for an aspiring author—No. 2

February 25, 2010 9 comments

Okay, this probably should have been number one, but here goes:

Practice

The more you write, the better you get.  Simple.

I used to work as a barmaid.  Loads of friends suggested that this should provide me with great inspiration for writing.  Nope.  All I gained working in a bar was an intolerance for the words “Oy, Luv!” and an affinity for gin.

Mixing drinks taught me to mix better drinks.  Writing teaches me to write better.

I often forget how lucky I am to have a day job that allows me to write every day.  Even better, it also provides the occasional opportunity to write something creative.  Pretty sweet deal, when I think about it.

Write for Your Life has a great new post on this here.