Research Writer Interview With Kasey
Freelancer Working With Others
Hi Kasey! When did you realize you possessed a strong passion for freelance research and writing?
As soon as I was able to write and figured out that I could translate my ideas onto paper, I was off and running! I've been faithfully journaling since I was seven years old and when I am not working on professional projects, I enjoy writing poetry and plays. The symbolic interplay between language, meaning, and expression naturally makes sense to me, and I am truly grateful for this gift and ability.
So it sounds to me like you have quite a bit of experience with writing. When did you start pursuing academic writing?
I am also a mental health professional, and after work, I found myself with quite a bit of free time on my hands. I wanted to do something interesting, so I started to look around for freelance writing opportunities. At some point or another, I stumbled onto academic writing and thought "gee, this looks interesting; perhaps I should give it a try." The rest, as they say, is history.
That's great! So why did you choose academic writing?
Two of my favorite things in life are studying and writing and I would often wish that I could be a student forever. When I discovered academic writing, I knew that I'd found my calling. It allows me to discover more about life, people, and all of the wonderful (and not so wonderful) elements that make up our existence, while helping others to make such discoveries themselves. I think that academics and writing both enhance the human experience, and enjoy working with others to identify their own unique insights and how they related to the bigger picture of life. There is nothing better than working with a client to develop ideas until they have that "AHA" moment and become even more passionate about our writing collaboration.
What do you say to those who say example academic writing services are unethical?
I remember when I first started university, and initially had some trouble learning how to write according to such rigors standards. Having access to model papers and professionals who were able to walk me through the writing process proved to be invaluable in my educational experience. This process is not unethical; it is much like the services that one would receive if they were working with a personal writing tutor, except that it is done online rather than in person.
That's a great attitude. Speaking of issues that are considered unethical, what are your thoughts on plagiarism?
Aside from the fact that it is unethical to use someone's ideas without their permission, in the end, it only short changes the student's own development. Writing is one of the most powerful ways in which a person can articulate their thoughts and refine the ideas that they learn in school. An education is something that once obtained; it can never be taken away. It is sometimes challenging, but is worth the effort. Learn from the ideas of other people, cite, develop your own ideas and then write, write, write!
What type of topics do you enjoy writing about?
Anything except math! Lol! I adore history, philosophy, non-fiction, psychology, culture and the arts – social sciences and the humanities, mostly. Ok, you beat it out of me, YES, I like the occasional celebrity gossip magazine as well...
It sounds like you have a lot of experience when it comes to writing. What is one tip you'd like to share that has helped you?
Know that writing is a process that works in phases; plan, draft, revision is the basic format. As such, never, ever, EVER judge what you write in a draft. Just write. You can always go back and fix your mistakes later. That's why I love working closely with my clients who give me their input, ideas, and inspiration.
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