Everyone starts their foray into writing differently. Some go to college and pursue a degree; others make connections by networking and getting to know the right people. If you’re anything like me, you happen to stumble upon favorable circumstances. A stroke of good fortune can be the start of a series of learning experiences and opportunities that once seemed unfathomable.
A year ago, I would not have considered myself a writer, nor would I have thought that I would ever enter the field of games journalism. Since writing for FemHype, many doors have opened for me. Because I had my work published, I accumulated a portfolio of clips that I was able to send to a local online publication, which landed me a freelance gig where I write weekly. I will begin freelance work for a major publication in the coming weeks as well. Everyone starts somewhere.
Building up experience wasn’t the only circumstance that put me where I am today. Emailing editors and networking led me to be a contributor for The Mary Sue, where I have been able to concentrate on lifting the works of projects or causes that I’m passionate about. The perk of writing for an established publication with a wide audience allowed my work to be seen by multiple outlets, industry professionals, fellow writers, and students.
In the short year that I have been writing online, I have learned so much. Through constructive criticism imparted on me by wonderful editors as well as experiencing rejection, I feel qualified (enough) to offer the advice that I wish I had been given when I first started out. I’d like to stress that I am still a growing writer, but I feel confident that I have learned enough over the past year to share my experiences with you in hopes that you’ll become more comfortable putting your work out there and to start pitching.