When I was in college, and in the habit of studying and learning new things every day, I could sometimes–don’t ask me how–shift mental gears so that I was thinking at a higher pitch than usual. I couldn’t keep it up for long, but if I concentrated hard enough, I’d absorb more material or get better ideas before my brain sputtered back down to its normal thinking level.
I’ve been writing this writing blog for almost a year now. (Wow, that went by fast.) I’ve made a bunch of friends, found a lot of blogs that I wouldn’t otherwise have found, and have generally been having a great time. But … without getting into excruciating detail, our family finances are in dire straits and I need to do something about it.
It’s starting to sound like I’m going to tell you I’m closing down the blog, doesn’t it? But it’s not! In fact, quite the contrary–I need to shift up to a whole, new level.
What I really want–no, need–to do is figure out a way to get some paying writing gigs. Ways to get freelance jobs. Ways to use this otherwise pleasant little writing blog as a springboard for more serious writing (i.e. writing that pays me money).
So … let me ask you folks:
What do you think is the one, most important thing I need to do to make this happen?
There are lots of truly wonderful freelance writing blogs floating about the ether. In fact, I probably spend more time reading them than I really should–time I could be using to, you know, write. The tricky part of reading those blogs, though, is that while they’ve got great information, not to mention helpful things like categories, it’s still hard to find the posts that tell a beginner where to start.
I could (and do) spend hours reading tips about how to bill your customers, or how to find time for a vacation, or the importance of e-mail as a business tool. I’ve got a small pile of books about Freelancing next to my computer, to augment my library on general writing books. I’ve subscribed to online courses for writing for the web. Really, I’ve read so many helpful tips and instructions, I’m drowning under a sea of “Do this first” tips.
But what I really need is for somebody to look at this blog and tell me, “Okay, good. The first thing you need to do now is ____.”
So, this is your chance. How often do I ask you to tell ME what to do? Usually these posts are all about me telling you things like “Don’t mix up your pronouns and verb tenses.” Now’s your chance to give ME helpful tips.
What if you don’t have any helpful tips? Maybe you’re in the same boat I am? Or you’re here because you’re still struggling with when to use “Further” and when to use “Farther?” Well, you can help too. How about some words of encouragement? Affirmations that you believe I’ll figure it all out and write well enough to be able to make this work?
So–here’s the big question of the day.
What do I need to do to (quickly) launch a freelance writing career?
(And yes, I know, split infinitive in that sentence, but that’s a rule for old fogeys, anyway. Just like the rule about starting sentences with “and.” I do KNOW the rules, you know.)
Spread the word! I’ll take whatever (reasonable) advice I can get!
And, if you can direct me to some actual work, that would be even better (grin).