The “experts” will tell you there are a lot of black and white rules in the world of freelance writing. Always have a contract. Never write for the content mills. Never write for “exposure.” On the surface, I agree. Setting your terms from the start of an engagement...
“I'm sorry, I just can’t make those rates work.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. There I was, offering a writer a steady ghost-blogging gig - only to have her turn it down because the rate I could pay was two cents less per word than her “standard” rates. Now,...
As freelance writers, we have a special gift: we listen to our clients and transform their needs into engaging copy to enchant a wider audience and profit all of us. Hunting down these jobs takes time and attention to detail. Pinar Tarhan has a great post up on finding legit, paying web markets on this very blog, titled, “9 Simple Ways Writers Can Find Paying Web Markets.”
But there’s an alternative to hunting down vacancies posted by someone else.
Create your own job.
There’s a really great scene in Sister Act 2 (don’t judge me – that movie’s freaking awesome) where Whoopi Goldberg’s character is telling a very young Lauryn Hill to follow her dreams, quoting a book by poet Rainer Maria Rilke that says “Don’t ask me if you’re a writer. Because I say, ‘If all you can think of in the morning when you get up is writing, then you’re a writer.'”
So whether you feel called to writing because of some deep-seated, internal need to communicate with the world and share ideas, or because you simply have the skills to write and want to get paid to do it – you’re a writer!