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Welcome to the first episode of Will Write for Chocolate, a new online comic focussed on the freelance writing life. The comic revolves around an up-and-coming writer who shares a house with other writers of different interests and varying levels of talent. Starting sometime in January (need to finalize some contract details with Offpanel first), I'll be updating this strip every Wednesday.

Please do consider putting in a vote for Support Will Write For Chocolate at, thanks.

I'll be using this first entry to keep track of the main characters as they're introduced in the strip, editing the list below over time.

Eliza Street: Recently quit her day job to become a full-time freelance writer. Writes magazine articles for a living, but is also working on a novel on the side.
Mimi: Resident poet, not yet as successful as she'd like. Works part-time in a bookstore.

In my Will Write for Chocolate columns, I plan to cover topics of interest to freelance writers and those interested in freelance writing, including the struggle of finding markets for your writing, the challenges of working at home, e-books and e-publishing, self-publishing options, networking with editors and other writers, rejection slips, procrastination, and other topics within the craft and business of freelance writing.

Brief note about the title of the comic: I'm sure I'll get some flack from freelance writers about the title; how is a serious freelance writer supposed to survive on chocolate, after all? Even high quality chocolate?

The title has much more to do with Eliza's passion for her craft than her intended business plan...she loves writing, HAS to write and is willing to do almost anything to make this work.

I'm hoping Will Write for Chocolate will inform as well as entertain. I always welcome comments and suggestions.

Happy New Year, everyone!

- Debbie

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