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Forrest B. | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Nov 18, 2013

Forrest B.

Undiscovered Great Writer
   United States
  |   Mesa, AZ
  |  6:14 pm Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $5

If you are very fortunate, you will find an activity or interest that you not only enjoy doing, but one that you can also make a living from. This isn't just a job for me--I genuinely enjoy putting metaphorical pen to paper and informing or enlightening, expressing or explaining a viewpoint.

While in college I found I had an interest in English writing, so I stayed an extra year to attend classes to sharpen and develop those skills. I also wrote for my college newspaper, and finished with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and...

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Portfolio

A brief history of touchscreen technology. This was a 2000 word article in its...
From the "observational" blog...some thoughts on good music and what makes it...
A guide to choosing an ereader...in around 500 words.
This is from my website dedicated to the first real PDA / tablet, the Apple Newton....
This entry is from a personal weblog that is not at all technical...it's based on...
This is from my Newton website. It's a good example of an op/ed or commentary piece,...
Another article from my personal website, chock full of tech advice on how to...

Skills (4)

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English
U.S. English Basic Skills Test
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U.S. Word Usage Test
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Creative Writing
Creative Writing Test - Non-fiction (U.S. Version)
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Report Writing
Report Writing Test
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Service Description

Everyone has to start somewhere.

I got started late with the profession of English writing. While I did write for my college newspaper while at the University of Pittsburgh, I did not gain enough experience to make me a candidate for a "real" newspaper job after graduation. A few years later--through a former editor--I was given the job of a "stringer", a part-time reporter that covers local news events--like town council and school board meetings--for a local community section of the area's large daily newspaper.

Then, for many years, I traveled in the course of my various sales jobs...I still was writing, but it was mostly for my own personal enjoyment. I had several ideas for fiction works that I started and worked on from time to time.

Recently I started writing online articles for a website/online publication that features not only national but local coverage of events, places, and other things of both general and specialized interests. While it's freelance work, it is my goal to publish two or three such articles a week.

My reporting covers Apple's iPad--news, features, how-tos, advice, its many uses, and so on. Recently I was featured this site's national Facebook page for an article on utilizing the iPad to improve one's golf game.

I have learned how to write clearly and concisely, but not to distill the meaning and emotion from the words. I know how to judiciously edit and cut through clutter to arrive at a finished product that is pleasant, easy and...

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Employment

Tribune-Review newspaper, Monroeville, PA
Stringer/Reporter
1985 - 1986
The former News Editor of The Pitt News, whom I had worked with while I was there, was now with a large newspaper east of Pittsburgh. I was approached to work part-time as a reporter in a...
University of Pittsburgh,
News and Feature Writer and Editor
1979 - 1980
I would often read our college newspaper (The Pitt News) at lunch and dinnertime, while in what I thought would be my last year of college (before I added English as a double major and stayed on to...

Education

University Of Pittsburgh
Bachelor of Arts
1975 - 1980

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writing
editing
non-fiction
concise
instructional
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