I’m reminded of this every day that I sit down at my computer to write. And that’s not to say that I don’t work hard and don’t think that I deserve to share in at least some of my success. It’s simply an acknowledgement of the fact that I’ve had certain advantages, and other people who are just as skilled as I am are going to face a harder road.
That’s why I’m not starting this blog to wax poetic about my love of writing for the benefit of potential clients. I’m starting it to help other writers and freelancers.
I want to share what I’ve learned about getting clients, staying organized, being professional, and of course, writing. I want to cover everything from landing that first gig to writing that first novel. After all, it’s the age of e-publishing, easy-to-build websites, and ghostwriting galore. The internet is saturated with voices. We writers have to stick together.
That being said, I want to introduce myself and tell you a little about how I ended up here.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Any other career I considered was simply the piggy bank for my real passion. Of course, that career would go by the wayside when I eventually became a famous novelist with some movie adaptations in the works. As I accepted my Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, I would be sure to thank all the people back at X company for sharing in the grind all those years.
Maybe that’s why I had such a hard time settling into a job. After trying my hand in the private sector and as a high school teacher, I finally came to a realization. If I was going to be a writer, then I needed to just be one.
I started looking for freelance gigs through Elance (now Upwork) while working a day job. Eventually, the gigs became more plentiful. Finally, when my husband and I moved to Denver, and I left my day job behind, I was getting so much writing work that I just never bothered picking up another one.
Am I suggesting that everyone stay home and write? Of course not. Full time freelancing is tricky enough when you don’t have to worry about health insurance and have the benefit of a second income (remember how I said I was lucky?). But it’s not impossible.
Speaking honestly, I haven’t loved every minute of it, but I have no regrets. And if you’re wondering why I’m only now building a website dedicated to my services and skills, then know that I’ve had to learn a lot along the way.
Maybe I can help you skip a few steps.