The Crossroads of a Writer, Part II: The Client, the Message, and You

By Rebecca T. Dickinson

Are you a member of the Libertarian Party?

Me: No.

Are you a member of the Democratic Party?

Me: No.

Are you a member of the Republican Party?

Me: No.

What is your relationship to God?

Me: We’re good.

(Asked in 2008 and 2009): Do you plan to have children anytime soon?

Me: No.

(Most recently): None of us here have children. That would be different.

“When asked if they would hire these applicants, participants said they would hire 84 percent of the women without children, compared with only 47 percent of the mothers.”Cornell University Study

The Writer

When it comes to who you are, it should not matter. When it comes to who I am, it should not matter. The fact is—if you’re like me and you provide writing services—it does matter to some clients and employees who you are. We cannot change it. We can only produce the quality work within us.

All of the above questions and comments have been stated to me in my professional life. We, as writers, are not here to provide our personal, political and religious opinions except when we share them with other writers on our blogs. It does not matter how many times I’ve been associated with the “liberal media destroying America.” I believe in assisting clients with crafting their message and words.

The Client

Let’s talk about the client or a company for whom you’d like to work or provide writing services. We, the writers, are there to give our talent, skill and opinions about how we craft client’s ideas into quality works of art or intelligence.

It’s like going on a date. You have to show your potential client your strengths and woo them with your personality. It cannot be cut and dry like no salt, broiled chicken. The client might’ve thought about a salad, but you’re about to deliver the steak.

In my professional life, I’ve been blessed to have ongoing working relationships with wonderful clients. I have worked for Democrats, Republicans, a Libertarian, business men and women, a graphic designer, and professional contractors. One of my clients believed he had a spot in a magazine, which I wrote about in the part one.

The Message

Maybe you have something you want to portray in your story. It’s your own belief and that is cool, too. I use that in my creative writing. Think about who is going to read it without sweating over your laptop. Those sweat drops leak and then you must clean the keys. No one wants that.

Whether you’re a professional, creative writer with high hopes, or both; consider the message. I know there are times everything leaks onto the page. My story Grass from the Grave/ We Never Said Hello is an example.

I will post/ publish part one of an assigned article Thursday about the child custody debate in South Carolina. The debate for equal parenting rights, the time and the debate about parental alienation in the case of non-abusive parents goes beyond South Carolina. The state legislature’s original bill, H. 4095, was influenced by a bill from the Dakotas. Illinois, Minnesota, Kids Need 2 Parents in North Carolina, and the American Coalition for Fathers and Children have all worked to find solutions to current laws unchanged since the 1970s.

It is an issue that touches every other person’s life I know, including my husband. I have written a traditional, unbiased article, because I still believe everyone deserves a voice. Despite the fact my husband’s older children have alienated him, I know we, as writers, must deliver the message; our client’s messages. 

(Asked of me) Do you believe in what you’re doing?



2 thoughts on “The Crossroads of a Writer, Part II: The Client, the Message, and You

  1. With a few exceptions to some extreme subjects, I would agree. Providing a voice, and often and unbiased one (i.e. not Fox news like) is a good thing. Not everyone is cable of putting their views or opinions in a way that others can understand, so it is a good thing to use your skills to do that for them, if possible.

    I look forward to the posting.

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