How to Become a Writer As a Second Career

When you consider being a writer, it is difficult to know where to begin. If you haven’t been a writer before can you use that experience and expertise to find writing jobs? Learning to be a writer can be confusing and difficult. If you follow the concepts shared in this article you will have a good head start.

1. Understand your rationale and how successful you want to be.

Once you decide to make time to write, you have to set aside time to do so. Start setting aside time to write for two to four hours at a time. You don’t have to spend countless hours writing unless it is in your nature to do so. However, you should be consistent in setting aside time to complete your writing. If you are serious about writing professionally then there are some important steps to take.

2. Learn about all the different types of writing

What type of writing are you interested in? Do you want to write fiction, nonfiction, long stories, short stories, books, blogs, articles, newsletters or social media. One of the best ways to discover different types of writing prospects is to read. Read within your genre, outside of your genre, find types that you like, and learn from reading others. You should also practice editing other people’s content. Editing other subjects is extremely helpful for one important reason. You can pick up on new ways to write.

3. Look for ways to write at your current job

One of the principal barriers for people interested in writing is finding those first writing assignments. If you can find a reason to write in your current job, ask for it. The best part about this tactic is you don’t have to hunt for a writing job. If you can add it to your current role, you’ll get paid for it and gain writing experience.

4. Use your career know-how

If you’re trying to use your career experience to land writing jobs, become an expert and brand yourself as such. I was hired as a writer because of my work in career development and job search advice. Kristen was hired as a writer because of her knowledge of health coaching and massage therapy. And, in addition to creative writing, Angela reviews books and peer-reviews articles for journals because of her experience as a librarian.

If you want to use your career experience to become a writer, you should become an expert in the field in which you work and become known as one. An expert is a person who has extraordinary skill or knowledge in a particular field. They are generally seen as either a specialist or someone with authority. Once you get a few of these assignments completed, more opportunities will pop up. Having genuine writing skills is only one part of becoming a writer.

5. Build your network and brand yourself as a writer

Building your network is important, but you also need to let that network know …

The Law in South Africa

The primary sources of South Africa law were Roman-Dutch mercantile law and personal law with English Common law, as imports of Dutch settlements and British colonialism. The first European law in South Africa was brought by the Dutch East India Company and is called Roman-Dutch law. It was imported before the codification of European law into the Napoleonic Code and is comparable in many ways to Scottish law. This was followed in the 19th Century by British law both common and statutory. Starting in 1910 with unification, South Africa had its own parliament which passed laws specific for South Africa, building on those previously passed for the individual member colonies.

Roman Dutch law is a legal system based on Roman law as applied in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th century. As such, it is a variety of the European continental Civil law or Ius commune. While Roman Dutch law ceased to be applied in the Netherlands themselves already at the beginning of the 19th century, Roman Dutch law is still being applied today by the courts of South Africa and Sri Lanka.

While Roman law was mostly forgotten in the early middle ages, interest in the doctrines of Roman jurists returned when – around the year 1070– a copy of the digest of Emperor Justinian I was found in Italy. Scholars in the emerging university of Bologna started to study the Roman texts and to teach law based on these texts. Courts gradually started to apply Roman law –as taught in the university of Bologna (and soon elsewhere) because the sentences felt that the recognized legal concepts of Roman law were more apt to resolve complex cases than the Germanic laws, which had been in use before Roman law was revived. This process (the reception of Roman law) took place in Italy and then in the rest of continental Europe.

In 15th century, the process reached the Netherlands. While Italian jurists were the first to contribute to the new science of law based on the Roman texts, in the 16th century, French lawyers were most influential. In the 17th and 18th century, the leading rĂ´le was passed on to the legal science in the Netherlands. Members of the so-called school of elegant jurisprudence included Hugo Grotius, Johannes Voet, Ulrich Huber and many others. These schools managed to merge Roman law with some legal concepts taken from the traditional Germanic customary law of the Netherlands, especially of the province of Holland. Thre resulting mixture was predominately Roman, but it contained some features which were characteristically Dutch. This mixture is known as Roman Dutch law. The Dutch introduced the legal system of their state to their colonies. In this way, the Dutch variety of the European Ius commune came to be applied in South Africa and Sri Lanka.

In the Netherlands, the history of Roman Dutch law ended, when the kingdom of the Netherlands adopted the French Code civil in 1809. However, Roman Dutch law was not replaced by French …