That Escalated Quickly

19th March 2018 - I wrote my first piece for a website called SquareXO. It was a review of a PlayStation 4 game called Scribblenauts Showdown.

19th February 2019 - I wrote my first piece for a website called Ginx.TV. It was an opinion piece based around new phenomenon Apex Legends. This was an article I pitched to a site as a freelancer, which was accepted. A fee for my services was offered, and therefore I'm about to be paid for writing about videogames.

The crazy thing is that in the last week, I've completed three pieces of commissioned (paid) work. I've successfully pitched four pieces that I'm working on now, and a few others I'm waiting to hear back from.

I actually have something super exciting to announce really soon too, hopefully in the next month or so.

Long story short, I'm registering as self-employed with HMRC. I'm somehow making a living from writing (one of my passions), and writing about videogames (another of my passions).

So I did some research, looking into how this all came to be.

In February last year, I was plugging away with the blog you're reading right now, and it was scattershot. I'd write about bipolar disorder, drop into some writing about movies or videogames, and then tell you all about my family or whatever. Being able to filter my content through other outlets has been so rewarding.

I've always enjoyed writing, but I've never felt particularly confident doing it. It's only after sending in my initial review that I considered writing for someone else, and now? Well.. in the past year I've written for:

Xbox Tavern
The Daily Star
The Digital Fix
Reggie's Reviews

Everyone has been so incredibly nice and helpful throughout the whole last year, and quite honestly I get a little choked up when I think of how much I've grown as a writer and as a person in that time. I'm surrounded by wonderfully talented colleagues, peers, editors, and owners.

I wrote sixty articles in 2018, from March until 31st December. In between my day job, my relationship, my band commitments, and working shifts, I have been writing. My portfolio grew and grew, as did my confidence.

In 2019? I'm already on thirty. I went to Paris to write a feature for a national newspaper. I interviewed a developer. I pitched articles that were picked up, and have built up a little list of contacts - wonderful people that have helped so much.

All of this has given me plenty of food for thought - should I be writing full-time? Alas, while the extra income is appreciated, with a baby on the way and a mortgage to pay, there's no way I can leave my current job. That said, if everything that SHOULD come together does, things will be very exciting in the years to come.

I've got a fairly large-scale project to plan and put together over the next few days, but I'm really thankful for the opportunity. If I'm honest, I'm exhausted - most weekdays I work my day job, go to the gym, and then write until late - but I want to keep going because I just love this industry, the people in it, and the stories it has to tell.

A huge thank you to everyone that has helped me take some pretty big steps on this journey so far, I can't wait to see where it goes next!