This week, meet writer Bryan B from Hicksville, NY! Check out our blog every Wednesday for a new interview with our super talented and very interesting WriterAccess writers. For more featured writers, visit our Writer Wednesday category.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in freelance writing?
I never wanted to become a professional writer. I was afraid writing would become a job and then I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. Then, about five years ago, we had a baby and we needed extra cash. I had two options—take a job ringing up groceries, or find a way to make writing work. I chose the latter option, and I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out. Not only does it pay better, but it’s far more flexible, which is huge for me.
We hear a lot from the mommy writer community, but there are also a lot of dads! How did becoming a father influence your writing career?
I literally would not have a writing career if not for my kids. Having kids made me take writing seriously, not just because we needed the cash, but because I realized I was missing out on a chance to make my mark in the world.
Helping others seems to be a big source of inspiration in your writing. Would you be willing to share any particular instances when you know your writing helped someone out?
My first writing gig was for a video games website about ten years ago. I was working towards a business degree at the time, and at some point I realized I could incorporate what I was learning in school into my articles. Almost instantly, not only did my work drastically improve, but the quality of feedback I received went through the roof. These were lifelong gamers, yet I was able to change how they viewed the entire industry simply by looking through a different lens and putting my own experience and education into the picture.
As an adult, that sentiment remains true, but on a larger scale. We’re all shaped by our experiences, and I think we have an obligation to do what we can to help people in those situations. When we had our first baby, I spent days reading forums and blogs, trying to figure out what I was doing. Now it’s my turn to give back. Hopefully I can reach someone who’s in a jam and is looking for salvation in the corners of the Web.
What are you usually up to when you aren’t writing?
I have a full-time job that keeps me busy, and kid stuff and writing fills in most of the rest of the time. But there’s always time for hockey, football and guitar.
Any advice for your fellow writers?
Don’t worry about whether others will like your work. Write what matters to you, and it will matter to someone else.
Bryan B is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.