If there is one thing a freelance writer loves, itâ€™s telling someone elseâ€™s story. The only thing they love more is working on spec.
People wonder what it is like to be a freelance writer. I thought I would help out with a quick guide to our lifestyle. It’s pretty awesome, as you know from movies and television. The Bathrobe Have you ever wanted to go to work in your bathrobe, but were afraid of what others might say? […]
Every publicationâ€™s editor has tastes that may not be reflected in the submissions guidelines. They may prefer a specific approach to the subject matter that they publish. They may prefer that their writers have a certain background that you do not have. They may not like your sources or your use of commas.
One way to both get out among other people and feel more businesslike is to rent an office or a cubicle. Craigslist is a great place to look for workspaces. With the current economy and the number of businesses that are downsizing, it is easy to find cheap space in most metropolitan areas.
The last thing you want to do is feel like you are tethered to your computer ten or more hours a day and that you should never take time for yourself. If you want to be miserable and overworked, you might as well get a regular job.
Most writers, even successful novelists, have jobs. They are teachers, lawyers, doctors, dentists, advertising executives, auto mechanics and grocery store clerks. Some are technical writers, copywriters, editors and proofreaders. It is certainly possible to freelance full-time, but many writers collect paychecks along with their invoices. This is especially true in the worlds of poetry and […]
In a job you may have been able to blame your boss or the company for your lack of career advancement or your low pay. As a freelance writer, your career is entirely your responsibility. You make the decisions and you live with the consequences.
When you track projects as a freelance writer, you need to keep your eye on both the big picture and the details. On one end you have to keep track of deadlines and milestones. You must be able to report your progress to a concerned client or editor, and you must feel comfortable with your own progress.
Avoid multitasking. Try to accomplish one task or at least one step to completion before you move on to anything else. Multitasking results in accomplishing several things adequately or not at all. Do one thing well instead. Focused work is better work.