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.