In an interesting interview, freelance writer Jayashree Rao talks about all the writing she’s done till now, how LinkedIn worked for her and why writing about food is all so much fun.
1. Tell us a little about your background outside of writing.
Jayashree: I am Jayashree Rao, a Commerce graduate. Later, I did a Computer course too. I have always been a good student. Happily married with two grown up children; writing started a little late in life , but since then there has been no looking back.
What all industries have you written for so far?
Jayashree: I have written in various niches so far. They are WP themes, Artificial Intelligence, Food, Academics and Poultry
How did you get your first paid client?
Jayashree: Since I was new to content writing I joined writing group on LinkedIn. It was through this network, I got my first paid client.
What are the kinds of projects you are working on currently?
Jayashree: At present, I have Academics projects on hand. I am writing for www.pracguru.com
When a client approaches you with a subject you have almost no understanding about, how do you begin?
Jayashree: When the subject is difficult or in a different niche, at first, I try to understand the project by discussion and research. I accept it if only I can accomplish the work.
Have you found clients through online platforms (LinkedIn, FB, Twitter, Instagram)? How did it happen?
Jayashree: Yes, LinkedIn has been a good platform for me. Connecting through writing groups has helped. I have also got through the reference of my connections.
Tell us something about your blog.
Jayashree: I am a food blogger. My blog has vegetarian recipes from India and around the world. I try to put recipes which are not only tasty but also easy and healthy. Most people are busy with their own work, they prefer recipes that can be quickly prepared.
How do you typically start a writing project?
Jayashree: At first, I try to understand the work that I need to do. I research about it, search the keywords and then begin to write. I have an outline crafted in mind, I work in that order.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received from a client?
Jayashree: It is always good to have these compliments from clients. One client said that we need writers like you, who are good at work and submit the work on time.
What do you do to constantly improve as a writer?
Jayashree: I like reading books. Writing consistently has helped me to be a better writer.
Any awards or prizes you’ve won till now? Any special achievements? You can also include any webinars or talks you have delivered.
Jayashree: My blog received an award last year. It was the GKR Blogger Award.
What is your all-time favorite quotation?
Jayashree: The woods would be silent if only the best birds sang. We need to strive hard to reach the goal.
What are your favorite books? Favorite authors?
Jayashree: Who will cry when you die by Robin Sharma, Mastering your Time by Brian Tracy
How would you describe yourself in five words?
Jayashree: Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Honest, Skilful and Passionate
Finish this line in no more than 15 words: To me, good writing is …
something which can be easily understood by the mediocre and people come back to it.
What are some of the challenges you are facing currently in writing?
Jayashree: I need to find more clients.
What does your writing schedule look like? Like what times of the day you prefer writing the most? Why?
Jayashree: Being a homemaker and food blogger, I finish my cooking and photography work. Then, I sit down to write. It is usually in the afternoon from 3 to 5 pm, I am not disturbed by anyone.
Do you have a favorite writing space? What’s so special about it?
Jayashree: Yes, I usually write on the computer itself, so I come to my space and sit.
Do you write on a computer or do your first write on paper? What makes it so special for you?
Jayashree: It depends on the topic. If it is an easy topic, I write directly on the computer. Otherwise, I write on paper and then put it on the computer.
Whom do you follow on LinkedIn or other platforms to learn more about writing?
Jayashree: There are many people I look up to on LinkedIn. Pawan Kumar, Vagisha Arora, Charu Mitra Dubey, Abhijeet Kumar to name a few.
How do your relatives or friends react when they realize you are into professional writing?
Jayashree: I usually share my recipes on Facebook and other social media. They are quite surprised and happy that I do so many things.
Rapid fire fun questions. Choose one in each of the following:
- Romantic movies OR Action movies? Romantic
- Songs OR Podcasts? Podcast
- Exercise at home OR Exercise in a gym? Exercise at home
- Fruit OR Juice? Smoothie
- Beach OR Mountains? Beach
Thank you Jayashree! It’s been fun talking to you.
Jayashree: Same here! And thanks for the opportunity and for having me!
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