I started writing for profit in September of 2009. Unfortunately, I took a very long hiatus shortly after until returning to the wonderful world of freelance writing during the summer of 2010. This is what I have learned so far and I think some writers can agree on these words of advice.
1. It’s a Love/Hate Relationship
Sometimes, you will have awesome days where you get every assignment done and then some. Others will move in a horrible, painful crawl and you can’t wait to get as far away as possible from your work.
2. Anything Is Worth Writing About
3. Your Friends Will Start To Hate You
“Hey, check out my page for Blah,” or “Please read this on Blah,” or “Check out what I just wrote at Blah,” are starting to annoy your family and friends, but they will (hopefully) continue to smile and grit their teeth through all of the self-plugging on Facebook, Twitter, blogging, Newsletters and so forth.
4. Your Family Will Always Wonder When You’ll Get a Real Job
The question of “So, found a job, yet?” will become more frequent at family gatherings, and despite telling them that you make a moderate living with writing, they will continue to remain skeptical.
5. Low Influx of Work Will Feel Like Hell
Hardly any work? It’s the end of the world! We’re doomed!
6. There Will Be Doubt, Burnout & Moments of Insanity
But the end result will always make you feel good. Repeat as necessary.
7. It’s an Experience Rarely Anyone Will Trade In
Ask any freelance writer, whatever their years of expertise. All of them have enjoyed the ride and are grateful of their decision. It is something that we are all passionate about, despite the many hurdles we might face. It is certainly an experience I will never trade in the world for.
To the experienced writers out there who are always patient and willing to help out newbies in the industry, you are also gratefully thanked. Without you, I believe many new writers would have no idea what they were doing, myself included.
This was meant mostly for humor, by the way.
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