I’m a South African writer of fiction and non-fiction, and some-time musician. I spent eleven years in advertising agencies, working on TV, radio, outdoor and print advertising as a copywriter and creative director. In 2010 I left my job to enrol in the Masters programme in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town and began my novel, ‘Lucky Packet’.
The Writer at Large, Medium and Small is a place I’m going to collect thoughts on starting out as a freelance writer. I’ll tell you what I’m working on, what it’s like trying to get published, what it’s like researching something, how I find topics to write about, my successes and failures and a few samples of my completed work.
My name is Trevor Sacks and I’m a recovering copywriter. I’ve been clean for two years now… well, I had a few relapses when some freelance came my way. You know how hard it is to resist. But really, I’ve spent the last two years writing a novel and I’ll spend the rest of this year polishing it before I beg a publisher to do something with it.
I love to write fiction and hope one day I’ll be able to support myself doing it. But I realise I’ll have to be extremely lucky to do so. Being good isn’t good enough. So in the meantime, join me while I try to find a way to not starve. I’ve written a few non-fiction articles and found I really enjoy researching and writing about things other people have forgotten about or overlook. I hope somebody will be interested in reading them.
So, essentially, this is a blog about writing, writing about writing, writing about being a writer, and probably a few other things that will come to me as I get into it. This is my first blog, so go easy on me.