Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer
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30-something Jersey gal working as a freelance writer. Starbucks addict, beach-lover, kitty mother.
Friday, August 28, 2009
There's nothing like one of your best freelance gigs drying up to deflate you.
I recently got news that one of my steady gigs is going wayward in two months. As a huge advocate of steady gigs, this is a huge disappointment.
When I think about it, this job wasn't creating my most riveting prose. Likewise, I usually didn't put as much into this content as other things I write. But it was a lucrative steady paycheck. A paycheck that will soon be gone, gone, gone.
I know that new things come up...that you have to close a door to open a new one. I know that I could focus those efforts on what I really want to do (more magazine article writing). But today I am bummed. Today I am feeling all those feelings I felt when I began my freelance career...that the well was tapped out and nothing good will come along.
Today, I'm going to feel it. I'm going to hit the gym and pound out my frustration on several cardio machines. Tomorrow I will start making something good come out of something bad. Because I always like to create a happy ending. It's one of my goals in life--to always make something good out of something bad that happens. It doesn't just happen. It takes action. And as I've been reminded from some very nice fellow freelancers, I'm just the girl to take action and make things happen.
But nothing wrong in acknowledging when something, simply put, just sucks. I hope my honesty can somehow make freelancers feel a little less alone in this complicated but fulfilling journey--that's why I share my feelings...that's why I wrote the book. That's why I'll continue to share my journey with you.:)
Friday, August 14, 2009
I was reading this post by Jennifer Margulis about becoming a freelance writer. She offers some great points about getting started as a freelance writer.
As a freelance writer, I wanted to add to her article. Freelance writing as a whole doesn't just include magazines and newspapers--it can include copywriting, too, which is what I do. Copywriting can be more lucrative in most cases, and when a copywriting business is established, it can provide a viable salary. There are low-paying markets in both fields, so the key is to build up and get the better clients and markets. (Copywriting is writing business marketing collateral...websites and brochures, etc.)
But whatever aspect of writing you get into, Jennifer's advice holds true. Not everyone can be a freelance writer. You have to have some writing talent. And, like she says, it does take time to build up a writing career.
And, I think, if you want it to be a business it needs to be treated as such. Maybe that's because I do more copywriting than journalism, but business basics are needed if you venture into this exciting field.
So if you're looking to break into the exciting world of magazine and newspaper article writing, identify and hone your skills--and enjoy all the perks!