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Portrait No 28 – Dan, Writer

Dan is the second writer I’ve met for Fifty Portraits and there couldn’t be more of a contrast between him and Simon who is Portrait No 17. Simon works in the way I always imagined a writer to work, in a room completely surrounded by books and although he works on a computer he also uses a notebook and pen to jot down ideas. By way of a contrast Dan currently works on a laptop, either at the kitchen table or on the sofa (although this will change when his office space is ready) and there wasn’t a book, pen or notepad in sight !

I got to meet Dan at what seems like a really exciting point in his new career with lots of exciting things about to happen. Dan has been writing for a long time purely for pleasure but late last year decided to take the brave step of leaving employment and launching his own business as a freelance copywriter. Dan had previously written a screenplay, purely for pleasure, and after having shown it to a number of people and made a few revisions he is now busy working with a producer and will hopefully see his words turned into a film before too long.

Dan’s business is called StoryInk Creative and you can find his website here and you can follow him on Twitter as @dan_hanks.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)

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Portrait No 17 – Simon, writer

For various reasons I’ve had a bit of break from shooting for Fifty Portraits, mostly because I haven’t had time but there’s been a couple of other things getting in the way too ! I’ve missed it, it’s good to back and its good to have a male volunteer for a change. The women have been far outnumbering the men so far but I do have a number of male volunteers lined up courtesy of Suzanne (Portrait No 13).

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Surprisingly Simon is the second person in the project that was a scientist prior to pursuing his dream to become a writer and it was interesting to hear him talk about his scientific research and realise that many of the skills needed by a writer are exactly the same, it sounds like such a massive career change but there are in reality lots of similarities.

Simon writes copy for websites and blogs with SEO in mind and that’s were all the research comes in, I love his way of working seeming all high tech with his two computer screens (one for the research, one for the writing) but then also using a beautiful leather bound notebook and a fountain pen !

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As well as writing articles for websites and other purposes Simon is following what must be every writer’s dream and is in the very early stages of writing a novel, he didn’t give away much of the plot but sounds like it will be great.

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Unfortunately Simon is too busy writing for other people’s websites and doesn’t yet have his own but can be found on Twitter as @simladd.

And I almost forgot to mention that Simon’s wife Joy has also made an appearance as Portrait No 9 !

(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)