Sean O. Murphy

My byline usually reads Sean O. Murphy, but my friends just call me Sean.  I am a freelance writer. I write for magazines, newspapers, and websites.  Some of the subjects that I have written about include movies, music, the entertainment industry, writing, and social media.

Being a freelance writer is mostly about rejection, financial insecurity and constant persistence. The saying is, “Writers write” and that’s a truism that you can trust. Writers also plan. Writers organize. Writers network with other writers and with readers. Hopefully,writers sell. Writers sell their writing and they sell themselves to publishers. There is a little bit of “hustle” to being a freelance writer.

I had some jobs before I started writing. I liked a few. I hated a few. I discovered that while I have many different skills, the one that I trust most is my ability to write. I am trying to make a career of professional writing.

While freelance writing is what is supposed to pay the bills, I have been concentrating lately on this new idea; writing a novel.

I started this blog with some urgent questions:

  • How do professional writers make a living?
  • What does it take to publish a novel?
  • When is the right time to take the risk of becoming a “writer” or the further risk of writing a novel?
  • Where can I go for help along the way?
  • Why do writers write?

This blog is focused on answering those questions. It is my hope to form a community around this blog of like-minded people at varying stages of discovering the answers to these hard questions. 

Is this a personal blog? I will tell personal stories and recount experiences that have happened to me as I follow this crazy career path. However, you can feel safe that there will be no pictures of fuzzy kittens or cute stories about my kid’s bathroom habits.

In some ways, this blog will be my professional showcase. I will link articles that I have written. I will post about events that I will be attending. I will update you regularly about my career as a writer. I will desperately try not to oversell myself and just be real with you. There are tons of “experts” and “gurus” on the internet.

We are all writers. This blog is as much for you as it is for me. Let’s share ideas. Tell stories. Be writers.

Sean O. Murphy is the freelance entertainment writer for Moore Monthly and a frequent contributor to OKC.NET among many other varied sites. He is currently working on short fiction and embarking on the journey of writing his first novel.

12 Responses to “Sean O. Murphy”

  1. Richard Murphy August 22, 2012 at 2:22 AM #

    Cant wait to read more bro.

  2. silverbirchpress August 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM #

    Thanks for visiting our blog. Good luck with your novel. Keep us posted. Best wishes!
    Silver Birch Press

    • seanomurphy August 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM #

      Thanks. Keep reading. I’ll check back with you too.

  3. Robert Swerer August 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM #

    Most writers write because they must write. Look at King. He said he would retire after finishing the gunslinger series, but he didn’t. Sure, he took a few years off but that need to write chewed at him until he wrote again. From what I understand the best way to sell your novel is to shop it around to some reputable agents when you have it completed with your credentials. I haven’t written a novel, but I did some research many years back when I was writing short stories and that seemed the consensus of the best way to get published. I wish you the best bro and if you want to chat pm me on facebook and I can shoot you my digits or we could hook up on skype. Most of all keep writing man, keep writing.

    • seanomurphy August 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM #

      I agree. I have sort of taken this quote as my mission statement:

      “As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.” -Hunter S. Thompson

      I write. I journal. I freewrite. I blog. I have multiple short fiction pieces going. I am freelancing. Meanwhile I am working on this novel.

      Writers write.

  4. Daniela October 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM #

    Hi Sean,
    I find you by ‘following’ you from my blog. Your blog looks impressive -:)! After reading about you, I will confess to feeling envious! You are living a life I only dream about it … at least for now. I am not at all sure how to turn it into daily living, but will keep on writing.
    Kind Regards,
    Daniela

  5. jiltaroo October 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM #

    Hi Sean, You haven’t been around for some time and I’m looking forward to hearing about and lucid dreaming attempts. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award as you are pretty damn special. Jen
    http://jiltaroo.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/i-can-do-the-splits-but-i-didnt-realise-i-was-a-versatile-blogger/

  6. Rebecca A. Murphy December 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM #

    make another post to this blog daddy!!!!

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