Category Archives: Writing

Writing

Tell people you work from home writing, and they’ll probably think you have it easy. After all, anyone, can doit, right? Wrong. Writing is hard work. For a start it’s not just the writing. It’s deciding what to write, or alternatively having to write about something which you don’t know much about. So it’s research; both of the subject, and maybe the intended audience, too. How you’re going to treat the subject, what style of writing to aim for, and all that.

Working at home isn’t easy either. Working at home is procrastination made easy. Working at home is constant random interruptions. No words of wisdom from me on dealing with that. Just ignore them as much as possible.

Good news. Possible new student for the new year, which would help to keep the financial ship afloat.

Happy New Year everyone.

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Translating

I’m currently doing a job that involves translating, editing and correcting academic medical articles written by Spanish researchers for eventual publication in English language journals.

I’m finding the work itself enjoyable, and so far even the limitations of my rather poor Spanish haven’t really been a problem.

But is there anybody else out there actually making a living doing this kind of work, or who has a working knowledge of the wider implications, problems etc (from either side of the fence, so to speak)? How closely do you work with clients, how “freeform” are your translations, how do you find work, how much do you charge?