|Posted by [email protected] on January 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM|
Many say that a writer should write whatever and whenever he or she gets the chance. How many of you agree with that outlook?
For me, I have to say that I do not necessarily agree with that statement. In theory it sounds completely logical, and one would have more chances to be published and possibly make money; but I ask myself at what cost. Yes, one hones his or her skills in different methodology, but if it is not a style you agree with, such as short choppy sentences that read like a business memo (one of my pet peeves).
Are you gaining experience, or losing a part of yourself that makes your writing original to only you.? I may be a through-back from centuries gone by, but I feel that writing is not good if the writer is not passionate about what he or she is writing. If the writer doesn't truly believe in the work, then who is going to? I believe in staying fast to one's principles, especially in writing because it is such a personal effort. I know, principles won't pay the bills or make one rich, but I find that I can look at myself in the mirror each morning and not cringe (except possibly because of being an 18 year old trapped in a much older body.) To me, that means a great deal more than all the money I could have made writing what I personally consider drek.
So, to freelance or not to freelance...the answer to the question is: do what your soul tells you to do. If you have views similar to mine, than wait till you find a project your passionate about, look into doing articles for journals and magazines that make your senses sing. Write to the editors and ask if there is a story they would really like to see in print for their next issue. If you are in writing to make money exclusively, then 1- boy did you go for the wrong profession, and 2- go ahead and write as much as you see fit, but be careful you don't regret trading passion for dollars.