Indie music, traveling, and reading – these are Pooja Kirpekar’s top three hobbies, our featured Wittypen writer this week. A full-time content specialist at TIC, Pooja has been freelancing as a content writer for the past 5-plus years.
Check out this week’s Q&A as she talks about her inspirations, current reading list, and tips for content writers working in tech, healthcare, finance, and lifestyle domains.
Tell us about your personal and professional journey. How did you end up becoming a content writer?
Since childhood, I have always had a passion for writing. I would spend hours scribbling in notebooks, creating stories, and crafting poems. After graduation, I started my professional journey as a freelance writer, taking on various projects and building my portfolio.
Over time, I found that I had a knack for creating content that resonated with readers and clients alike. I began to specialize in copywriting and content marketing, working with companies in various industries to produce engaging and compelling content.
My passion for writing has led me to becoming a content writer, where I can use my skills to help businesses achieve their goals through the power of words. Writing has always been a part of who I am, and I am grateful to have turned my passion into a fulfilling career.
What do you enjoy most about working as a content writer?
I enjoy many things about my work. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is using my creativity to craft engaging and informative pieces. Whether writing a blog post, a product description, or a social media update, I am constantly challenging myself to think outside the box and come up with fresh ideas.
I also enjoy the research aspect of content writing, as it allows me to learn about new topics and expand my knowledge base. With each project, I can delve into a new subject, gathering information and insights to create compelling content.
However, the most satisfying part of being a content writer is seeing the impact my writing can have. Whether helping a business bump up its website traffic, educating readers on a particular topic, or entertaining them with a well-crafted story, I find it incredibly fulfilling to know that my words are making a difference. It’s a job that challenges, inspires, and brings me joy daily.
Tell us about the domains you work on. Any tips for new writers looking to work on the same?
As a content writer, I have had the opportunity to work in various domains, including technology, healthcare, finance, and lifestyle. Each domain comes with its challenges and requires a unique approach to writing. Here are some tips for new writers looking to work in these areas:
- Stay up to date with the latest trends and developments in the industry.
- Read industry publications, and keep an eye on emerging technologies.
- Write clearly and concisely, avoiding technical jargon that might confuse readers unfamiliar with the subject matter.
- Use visuals such as infographics and screenshots to make your content more engaging and easier to understand.
- Research your topic thoroughly and make sure your information is accurate and up to date
- Read up on research papers and peer-reviewed platforms for journals and publications
- Use plain language that is easy for patients and caregivers to understand.
- Be sensitive to the needs and concerns of your audience, especially when writing about sensitive topics such as disease or disability.
- Stay current with the latest trends and changes in the financial world, including new laws and regulations.
- Use clear and concise language, avoiding complex financial jargon that might confuse readers.
- Provide practical advice and actionable tips that readers can use to improve their financial situation.
- Understand your audience and write content that speaks to their interests and concerns.
- Use a conversational tone and inject personality into your writing to make it more engaging.
- Use visuals such as photos and videos to make your content more appealing and shareable.
- My advice to new writers is to be curious and willing to learn. Keep up to date with the latest trends and developments in the domains you are interested in, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or collaborate with experts. By doing so, you can create informative, engaging, and impactful content.
You have been working with Wittypen for close to three years now. Tell us about your experience working as a writer on the platform.
Having worked with Wittypen for nearly three years, I can say that my experience on the platform has been overwhelmingly positive. From the moment I signed up as a writer, I was impressed by the professionalism and efficiency of the Wittypen team.
One of the things I appreciate most about working with Wittypen is the project diversity. Whether it’s writing blog posts, product descriptions, or website copy, there is always something exciting and challenging to work on. This has allowed me to expand my writing skills and take on projects in domains I might not have otherwise explored.
Another aspect of working with Wittypen that I appreciate is the support and guidance provided by the team. From the initial onboarding process to ongoing feedback on my work, I have always felt part of a supportive community of writers committed to producing high-quality content.
Finally, I have found the payment process on Wittypen to be fair and transparent. I always know what to expect regarding compensation for each project, and payments are processed on time.
Overall, my experience working with Wittypen has been excellent. The easy-to-use and intuitive platform has provided me with a steady stream of challenging and rewarding writing projects, while the team has been supportive and helpful every step of the way. I would highly recommend Wittypen to any writer looking for a reliable and professional platform to work on.
Any tips for new content writers hoping to pursue a full-time freelancing career?
As a content writer who has successfully transitioned to a full-time freelancing career, I have a few tips for new writers looking to pursue this path:
Build a strong portfolio: Before looking for clients, having a portfolio of your best Work is crucial. This will help you showcase your skills and expertise to potential clients. Create a website or online portfolio highlighting your best writing samples in various niches.
Network and market yourself: As a freelancer, you are your brand. Use social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to network with potential clients and showcase your writing skills. Attend industry events and conferences to meet like-minded people and build relationships.
Set realistic rates: When you are just starting, it can be tempting to accept any project that comes your way, regardless of the compensation. However, setting realistic rates that reflect your skills and experience is essential. Research the market rates and set your rates accordingly.
Be organized and professional: As a freelancer, your communication and work delivery must be professional. Set realistic deadlines, respond to emails promptly, and deliver high-quality work on time.
Keep learning and improving: The world of content writing is constantly evolving. Stay current with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies by reading industry publications, attending webinars, and taking online courses. This will help you stay competitive and continuously improve your skills. Transitioning to a full-time freelancing career can be challenging, but it is achievable with the right mindset, skills, and approach.
Apart from writing, what are your hobbies and interests?
Besides writing, I have several hobbies and interests that keep me busy and fulfilled. One of my favorite hobbies is listening to music. Music helps me relax and unwind, and I enjoy discovering new artists and genres. I also enjoy attending live concerts and music festivals whenever possible.
Another hobby of mine is reading books. As a writer, I must stay informed and inspired; reading is a great way to accomplish this. I enjoy reading everything from classic literature to contemporary non-fiction, and reading helps me expand my vocabulary and develop my writing style.
Travelling is another passion of mine. I love exploring new places, experiencing different cultures, and trying new foods. Travelling also helps me gain new perspectives and inspiration for my writing.
Lastly, please share your favorite book and current reading list.
My favorite book of all time is ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte. The novel is a hauntingly beautiful tale of love, obsession, and revenge set against the wild and rugged landscape of the Yorkshire moors. I was drawn to the complex characters, their tumultuous relationships, and the vivid descriptions of the natural world.
A close second is the ‘Remnants of a Separation’ by Aanchal Malhotra, a profoundly moving and insightful exploration of the Partition of India in 1947. It’s a fascinating book that explores the legacy of India’s partition through the objects and stories left behind by people who lived through it. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in history, culture, and personal narratives.
Currently, I am reading ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood, which is the highly anticipated sequel to her dystopian classic, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The book picks up the story fifteen years after the first novel’s events and follows the lives of three women in the oppressive regime of Gilead. I enjoy the author’s masterful storytelling and ability to create a vivid and disturbing world.
I am also reading ‘And Then One Day: A Memoir’, by Naseeruddin Shah. As a fan of his work, I was intrigued to learn more about his life and experiences. The book is a candid and engaging account of his journey from a small town in Uttar Pradesh to becoming one of India’s most acclaimed actors.
I always have a long list of books that I am eager to read, and each book opens up new worlds of knowledge and inspiration.