Life as a freelance writer can be very unpredictable.
Some days I’m writing copy for clients who need web content. Other days I’m interviewing an up-and-coming YouTube star for an article I’m writing for Yahoo. I’ve always loved writing so pursuing a career as a writer was natural for me. The first article that I ever published was at the local fair where I wrote about how I met President Clinton when I was 10-years-old. I can still remember receiving a ribbon for my entry.
I kept up with the writing through High School and had my first monthly column during my gap year abroad in Israel. My Dad was the editor of our synagogue’s newsletter so I pitched the idea to him. He liked it and I began writing about my experiences for the congregation back home. When I returned, people told me how much they enjoyed my articles. This helped me realize that I was on the right track and enrolled myself in community college and took my first journalism course. I was writing for the college newspaper within a week.
This continued through college after transferring to Central Washington University to complete my BA in Journalism. During my final year at Central, I began my freelance career. It started slow enough but once I got the hang of things, I started to see my articles published at various websites across the web. I still didn’t feel like a real writer yet so when I moved to Hawaii to work on my MA in Communication at Hawaii Pacific University, I got myself in contact with a news website called Civil Beat and interned with them for three months.
The practical experience I gained there improved my writing greatly so I pushed myself to write more. The amount of articles I’ve had published has skyrocketed since school now that I’m able to fully devote myself to writing. One of my favorite articles to write was a guest blog post about my trip to Australia last May for the travel website A Dangerous Business.
There are some weeks where I make no money while there are others that I am swimming in money. It’s taken some time to recognize which clients pay well and which don’t but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I’m starting to see things work out.
That being said, I’m still living with my parents until I can build up my bank account to buy myself a car and eventually relocate once I have the financial backing to do so without having to worry about ending up on the street after a month.
Writing is my passion and even though it takes a lot of effort to succeed as a freelance writer, I know that it’s what I really want to do with my life. There are many who tell me that I’ll never make it as a writer despite never reading any of my works. Naysayers who don’t understand what it’s like to be a writer will never appreciate the kind of work it takes to succeed in this career.
Don’t let people who don’t understand what it means to be a writer stop you from following your dreams. They are just jealous that you have figured out how to follow your passions without being held back by the normal rules of society that state that one has to have a boss in order to make money.
I am my own boss and have no problem working directly with clients; thank you kindly.