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To Freelance or not to Freelance

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.)  :roll: 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.

 

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4 Comments

Reply Christine
9:25 AM on January 24, 2012 
I see your point. I used to do freelance writing, but I got tired of the hard work for low pay and decided to do what I wanted to do (write a book and blog) instead, even though I don't make as much money. It really is more important to be happy and to do work that you love rather than working just to make more money. I have always believed that people should have jobs that they truly enjoy, because then the world would function more smoothly/naturally and more people would be happy/happier.

People have to survive in this world and that takes money, which is why many people work jobs that they don't like (it is all they could find and it pays the bills). However, some people are obsessed with making a lot of money, or as much money as the can, and forfeit some of the joy of their lives. Many buy things they can't afford or waste money on extravagant purchases. In reality, people need very little money to life sufficiently. It is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable.
Reply vincent Casale
12:11 PM on January 29, 2012 
I agree. Writing is a profession that allows you to write when and where you want. It is impossible to write all the time without sacrificing other areas in your life. Writing , maybe could be looked at as a hobby and if you get lucky good for you. But it is one hobby where you should keep your day job!
Reply [email protected]
5:28 PM on January 29, 2012 
vincent Casale says...
I agree. Writing is a profession that allows you to write when and where you want. It is impossible to write all the time without sacrificing other areas in your life. Writing , maybe could be looked at as a hobby and if you get lucky good for you. But it is one hobby where you should keep your day job!


Vincent-
Thanks for your comments. I think a great number of people do look at writing as a hobby, but I don't think that perspective is for everyone. I know if I looked at it as a hobby, it would be done last after everything else that needs to be done, so for me it's more of a juggling act between my writing and the rest of the obligations on my docket.
Writing cannot be done all the time, and that is perfectly fine. All aspects of one's life need care, not just one. So, yes, and especially with efforts like writing, one must keep their "day job".
Reply [email protected]
5:34 PM on January 29, 2012 
Christine says...
I see your point. I used to do freelance writing, but I got tired of the hard work for low pay and decided to do what I wanted to do (write a book and blog) instead, even though I don't make as much money. It really is more important to be happy and to do work that you love rather than working just to make more money. I have always believed that people should have jobs that they truly enjoy, because then the world would function more smoothly/naturally and more people would be happy/happier.

People have to survive in this world and that takes money, which is why many people work jobs that they don't like (it is all they could find and it pays the bills). However, some people are obsessed with making a lot of money, or as much money as the can, and forfeit some of the joy of their lives. Many buy things they can't afford or waste money on extravagant purchases. In reality, people need very little money to life sufficiently. It is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable.


Christine-
Thanks for commenting. I think your last sentence nailed my sentiment on the head. One has to maintain balance in her, or his life, so writing is important, but it cannot overshadow the rest of one's life. Writing is a freedom that affords the user a public voice. It is something that is not given by a constitution, or government, it comes from within each individual. One who loves writing must write, but it cannot be at the expense of everything else.

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