Writing about everything from dating sites, to virtual phone systems is our talented writer Daniel. It requires a lot of expert knowledge, thorough research, and, of course, writing skill. However, Daniel didn’t always want to be a writer and had to change career paths entirely to reach his new goal. Despite not even writing in his native language, he managed to make the leap, and has great advice for how others who want to do the same. When he’s not covering one of the many Best Reviews topics, he has a reputation for being the biggest gamer in the company (which is no easy feat).
What is your role in the clovio team?
I’m a content writer for the Best Reviews website, covering a wide variety of categories. I write reviews, comparisons, blog articles, guides, among other content. The role is very dynamic as one day, I’m writing a review for a virtual phone system, while the next I’m researching the best sports for the elderly to write a blog article about medical alert systems.
How did you get into writing?
I’ve enjoyed reading and writing ever since I can remember. However, I never thought about pursuing writing as a career until much later – at the age of 26, to be exact. I studied management with the intent of working in marketing (something to do with social media). Still, when I got out of college, I was only able to get analytical roles with no creativity whatsoever. After two years of that, I decided it was time to say goodbye to my job and focus on my creative side.
Since my experience was strictly analytical, I created a personal blog to have something creative on my CV. That’s when I fell in love with writing. There’s just something about writing that clicked with me. Soon enough, I got a job in social media. After a few months, I understood that it wasn’t enough and I had to take a step further and become a content writer at full time, that’s when I found clovio. 🙂
What’s it like to not write in your native language?
In one word? Challenging. I’ve always been proud of my above-average English, but when I started working at clovio, I understood how far away I was from writing articles like a native. I do believe that’s where the fun part is, though. There is always something new to learn and to improve. Furthermore, if you take into consideration feedback and put effort into correcting usual spelling mistakes, you’ll see your writing getting better every single month, which is extremely rewarding.
What does your ideal work setup look like?
I try to stay away from a routine the best I can. Although I always work from home since I’m more productive that way, you’ll find me in different areas of the house throughout the week. Sometimes I work at my desk, on my sofa, or even in bed when I’m feeling too lazy. Two things are essential, though: music and coffee!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well, if you read the next question, there is a hobby that is a given – gaming. I spend way too much time playing video games on the PS4, Switch, and computer. When I’m not grinding PS4 trophies, you may find me watching or writing about anime, reading, or creating YouTube videos.
I do try to get some off-screen time regularly. Usually, I enjoy going for a walk in a park or the beach, drinking a couple of beers on a lovely terrace, or just spending time with my boyfriend, family, and friends.
What is your favorite kind of video game?
That’s the ultimate question, isn’t it? RPGs were, without a doubt, what got me into gaming. However, my tastes have expanded since then. I believe my taste in gaming is the same as music. If it’s excellent, then I’ll love it regardless of the genre.
What advice do you have for those who want to work in copywriting?
I wrote a blog post answering this question not so long ago 😊. My path to becoming a copywriter is a little different than most. I didn’t study to be one, and my work experience was focused on marketing. Nonetheless, I think the bottom line is – just do it. If you love writing and want to become a copywriter, then start a blog of your own to get practicing. There are various free options and a community for everything. Therefore, pick a theme that you have passion for and write. Sooner than you expect, you’ll be working as a full-time copywriter.