About Me

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My name is Dianna L. Gunn and I am a freelance writer who dreams of someday being a famous novelist. Since the age of eight I’ve known I wanted to write books for a living when I grew up. In the last two years, I’ve expanded that to ‘writing whatever people will pay me for’, with a focus on web content, especially blogs.

Growing up in a family with very little money made me a realist. I’ve always known that I needed a back up plan, something I could do to make a living until my fiction writing can support me. I’ve seriously considered several different careers: teaching English as a second language in foreign countries, addiction counseling, and even becoming a guidance counselor in the school system. I abandoned all of these ideas because they require an education which would cost several thousand dollars I don’t have–and because I knew I’d only be interested in them for a few years, not even long enough to repay my student loans.

It wasn’t until about two years ago that I started seriously considering becoming a freelance writer. What seems from a distance to be an obvious extension of what I already love to do didn’t even occur to me for years. In fact, it wasn’t until I realized all those other careers were not my thing that I decided to focus on building a career as a freelance writer.

Looking back on it, I feel kind of stupid. How could I spend all these years writing and never really think about freelancing? I’ve been reading a variety of blogs by freelancers for years because they contain excellent marketing information, yet the thought never occurred to me. It’s kind of ridiculous when you think about it.

After all these years of floundering, I’ve found my path. I am going to write web content for people who have a great idea but don’t have the technical skills to share it with the world. I am going to write blogs for companies that need a more active and approachable web presence. I am going to write articles for magazines that will get my name out there and into the hands of the people who really need my help–those people and companies that have no idea how to build their web presence, but know that they need one.

My goal is twofold: one aspect is to help people with amazing products and ideas get their work into the hands of paying customers, and the other is to be able to support myself fully off of freelance writing income by the end of 2013. Helping people is just as important to me as the money–after all, if I didn’t want to help people, why would I have ever considered becoming a teacher or a counselor? Freelance writing is the best way for me to help people and build an income without having to pay thousands of dollars for an education.

Are you a company owner or entrepreneur with a great idea but no idea how to get it into the hands of potential customers? Check out my Hire Me page to find out if I can help you. If you’re already pretty confident that I can help you, why not just shoot me an email at diannalgunn @ gmail.com?(No spaces)

  1. “…I have struggled with severe depression and other mental health problems…”

    Me, too. Writing keeps my mind occupied, but sometimes I feel like “what’s the point?” Then I go revise my current project.

  2. Hey, Dianna,

    Sharon Ledwith, here. I’m an author with Musa. My YA debut novel THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS AND THE ARCH OF ATLANTIS is due out this April. I live up in Huntsville, so we’re practically neighbours! Have you ever heard of the Muskoka Novel Marathon? It’s a 72 hour event where over 30 writers get together to write a novella over 3 days. It’s a fundraiser for our local literacy council. If you want, I can send you the link, or just google ‘Muskoka Novel Marathon’/Huntsville and you’ll get the link. Cheers!

  3. Hi Dianna, Nice blog. Informative, and chock full of writing tips. I visited TM Publishing as suggested in FFW Small Markets, however a registration code is required. Do you know how one gets a registration code for this site.

  4. Hi, nice blog, interesting. Found your info on the Penumbra website and your guest blog post and thought id stop by. Looking forward to reading more in the future.

  5. Ha, I just realised that might look like i was stalking you! Not intentional, just looking at previous blog posts for inspiration and checking out the authors.

  6. Hey, Di. Do you remember me? We used to role play together. I went by Aveira. I was getting all nostalgic, so I looked you up. If you wanna reminisce, my email is amaya.chosha@yahoo.com. Hope to hear from you soon 🙂

  7. Hi Dianna. It has been a while as per usual. I wanted to nominate you for the Reality Blog Award that has been circulating on here and probably forever, the details of which can be found here: http://wp.me/p2qfuv-sz. You have really come and are continuing to go a long way towards your goals from what I can see. I want to see what you will fill out if you don’t think it too silly. 🙂 Take care.

  8. Hi Dianna. It is me again and I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I know it wasn’t too long ago and there are more evil questions on here, but there you go. 🙂 You can find the requirements and such here: http://wp.me/p2qfuv-uF.

  9. You won 13 Reasons Why!

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