Share your passions | Freelance writer Daryl Baxter

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Share your passions | Freelance writer Daryl Baxter

Guest:

Daryl Baxter freelance writer and podcaster

Twitter: @darylbaxter
Website: darylbaxter.com/
Podcast: PAL Keys

Summary

I talked to Daryl about writing and freelancing, how does he use feedback and Google Analytics, what’s special about a retrospective and what does his process look like when he’s writing, plus how to send a direct message to an editor to ask for a gig.

Highlights

Daryl was studying computer networks and got an email from a magazine looking for people to contribute.
He contacted them and spend a week writing a piece on Tomb Raider 2.

Saw his name in the Platformer Magazine on his Tomb Raider 2 retrospective.
From then on he knew he had to write.

So he has been squeezing in some way to write at his different non-writing jobs. For instance, he wrote phone guides at his tech support job.

But also he kept a blog in his spare time.
With SEO and Google Analytics, he kept track of which times of the year people were most interested in retrospectives and other subjects.

Daryl has been very focused on getting feedback on his work. So he’s asked for feedback on both paid articles, but also by reaching out to other writers to get feedback on blog posts for instance.

Games

Alex Kidd in Miracle World

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Tomb Raider II

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

People

DHH – David Heinemeier Hanson

James Joyce

Vic Hood

Lauren Aitken

Matt Gemmell

Chris Scullion

J. D. Salinger

C. S. Lewis

J. K. Rowling

Terry Pratchett

Links

Sonic the Hedgehog – Movie trailer

Chris Scullion on the Street Fighter series

Player Characters episode with Vic Hood

BBC Desert Island Discs Podcast

Books

Ulysses – James Joyce

Apps

Ulysses writing app

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