Tag Archives: writing

It’s Official

21 Dec

From now on, when people ask me what I do, I tell them that I’m a freelance copywriter and editor. I have to admit, I really like telling people this. I feel like the word ‘freelance’ is so fancy and official. But in reality, nothing has changed. I still write and edit things, it’s just that now, I have a title. And I kinda like titles. Especially this one as this title has been about a year in the making. I’ve known for quite some time now that writing in some capacity is something that I’d like to do, but I haven’t had the confidence to do anything about it. And it wasn’t until recently, after receiving some affirming feedback from a few people, that I’ve really believed that this is something I can do. And I’m excited!

I currently have one client and yes, it still counts even though it’s the marketing company that I used to be employed with. They approached me about two months ago to write and edit their company magazine and the timing could not have been more perfect. God blows me away sometimes (it would be all the time if I paid closer attention).

My goal is to maintain a full-time writing work load meaning that I’m in the market for more clients. Over the next few months I will be having a logo created, launching a website (or a blog depending on resources) and getting business cards made. In the meantime, I need to settle on a name for my new endeavor and I’m hoping that whoever reads this will be willing to offer their opinion and/or suggestions. I’m pretty sure I’m going to stick with my name (Jamie Born) as the main title with a sub-name providing a description of what I do. But if someone has a brilliant suggestion, I may just have to change my mind. And if anyone has a great idea for a tagline, feel free to fire it my way :) Anyways, here are the options I’ve come up with so far:

Jamie Born Communications

Jamie Born Copy & Editorial

Jamie Born Copywriting

Jamie Born Copy

Jamie Born Copywriting & Editing

Jamie Born Copywriting & Editorial

Jamie Born I Write Things

Jamie Born I Write & Edit Things

Thoughts? Suggestions? Opinions? I’d love to hear it.

And, if you randomly (or not randomly) came across this blog post and are in need of writing and/or editing services, send me an email about what you’re looking for and we can go from there (and I can send some samples).

Thanks!

Jamie

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Day 9 – my friend the thesaurus

31 Aug

I have become a big fan of the thesaurus over my many years of writing university papers and now in my personal writing. Sometimes I just can’t think of the best word to convey my message and need some outside assistance. Kind of like phoning a friend in the writing world. Or, truth be told, I just want to sound more intelligent. I used to think this was cheating, but today, much to my delight, I read a little tidbit that a thesaurus is a writer’s best friend. For some reason I just assumed that writers must know all the words. Their origin. Their definitions. Their synonyms. Their antonyms. Their word friends. Their word enemies. And their favourite colour.

But alas, this is simply not the case. I can stop memorizing my dictionary now and reach for my thesaurus without shame. This is good news.

I think the trick with a thesaurus though, is to not over use it. A writer doesn’t want their readers to know that a thesaurus has been invited to the party only to become the awkward guest that everyone wants to leave. No, the use of a thesaurus must be subtle yet captivating, like that mysterious party guest that no one knows where they came from but everyone wants to know more of.

Day 5 – elusive discipline

27 Aug

It’s just after 11pm on Friday and I was this close (bring your index finger within a millimetre of touching your thumb to get a visual) to not bothering to write a blog today. My 30-day challenge of writing a blog post everyday almost came to an end before the week was over. I had the excuses all lined up – “I’m tired. It’s been a long week. My shoulder hurts. I don’t feel inspired. No one will even notice.” blah blah blah.

So I’m not writing today because I have something particularly insightful, intelligent, funny or inspirational to share, but rather for the sake of being disciplined. Discipline is  something that often eludes me. But that in itself is a bit of a cop out, because discipline is straight up, a choice – a choice that I constantly struggle with. Whether  in school, sports, music, my Christian walk, behaviours, working out, new skills or a multitude of other things, I have often been guilty of cutting corners or even laziness. It’s embarrassing to write that, but it’s true.

I feel very blessed to have had the experiences that I did over these past few months and for the inspiration and dreams that were born from it. But these dreams will never come to fruition unless I learn to practice consistent discipline in my life. My devotional this morning spoke of something similar and was a welcome reminder to not let gifts go to waste. “The most difficult person to deal with is the one who has the smug satisfaction of an experience to which he can refer back, but who is not working it out in practical life (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest – August 27).” I do not want to be this person. So today I write this post as a tiny step towards discipline.

for the sake of it

27 May

For about the last 6 months or so I have been thinking that I would like to be a writer. However admittedly, I haven’t done a whole lot to really explore that. I do quite a bit of copywriting at work, but that is not the kind of writing that I’m talking about. I’m talking about writing the words that dig down deep and express the stirrings of my soul portraying the unique image that Christ made me in. And maybe some songs or funny short stories. I am not a good story teller in person but I think I could be a good story teller in writing.

I don’t have anything particularly in mind to write today. But Donald Miller said that if you want to be a writer you must sit down everyday and write something… even if you don’t feel inspired. Wise words from a clever writer and something I definitely fall short of probably five days of the week. So for the sake of writing and because Donald Miller said so (and he is the man) I am writing this post. It’s eleven days until I leave – five days of work, two weekends and one weekday off in which to get all my last minute errands done. I am excited! One of my expectations (and hopes) for this trip is that I will be stretched beyond my comfort zone and it looks like this will be happening right from the start of the trip. My sister and I will be camping for the first four days of the trip… not in a fully equipped RV or a heated cabin, but in a tent. I don’t consider myself a very high maintenance person (this is not a question posed for opinions to be offered), but tenting is something that I have made somewhat of a point to avoid in my 26.75 years of life. I simply enjoy the comfort of a bed and don’t like being dirty. But regardless, we will be camping it up in a tent and I’m actually kind of looking forward to it… mostly because it will be hilarious and I will probably make my sister’s eyes roll about 113 times before the four days are over :)

Because I heart him and he turned out to be the inspiration for this post, I will conclude with a small, yet big, quote from the Donald Miller that he wrote in his latest book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. In referring to Wilson Bentley, the man who coined the phrase, “No two snowflakes are alike” – Miller noted that aside from the uniqueness and beauty embodied by each snowflake, “What amazed Bentley was the realization that each snowflake bore the scars of its journey.” I am a snowflake… we all are.