Way to go Carrie!!! High 5 for getting your first gig. As a professional freelance writer, my one word of caution is to make sure you never work for free. All "test articles" should be paid articles. Never work for free and always beware of the person that says it's just a small job.
Catherine, the key to success on Upwork is to build a great portfolio before you start applying for jobs. If you don't know anything about newsletters or websites, you shouldn't be trying to get work designing or writing for them. They key to landing a job or landing a freelance gig is persistence and your pitch must be about the value you add to the prospective employer or client. Good luck!
Fiction is a reflection of reality and isn't always pretty. If the scene is essential to the story than put it all out there. My novel will have some scenes that may make the reader uncomfortable for a bit but that makes the story more believable and real when it brings up real feelings. 🌴😎🌴
That's a thoughtful question. Our city's writing group has devolved into a very nice, how uplifting, content censored twiddle. Ultimately, for me, a sex scene or any scene that makes people uncomfortable must move along the plot or show something about the characters to move out of the gratuitous category. I have a rape scene in an upcoming book. It was very difficult to write. I warn my editor and beta readers that a scene could be triggering but then it loses its punch in the story structure and the arc. I would not submit it to my writing group because they'd be so literal and conservative that they would imagine, either I had experienced it or desired it. In this current politcal and cultural climate, I don't know where to draw the line. But truth, in our characters and the ugliness of the world, is truth and aren't we as writers tasked with the job of keeping our world focused on the truth?