Covering your walls in rejection letters
When I started out as a freelance writer, I actually did ”wallpaper my apartment with all of the “Thanks, but I’ll pass” emails”. This was to remind me that failure and rejection is a part of the game. I passed through this phase and the following — and today, I can choose who I work with and very rarely have complaints or rejections.
You are perfectly right that the life of a freelance writer will never make you rich. (Especially in a high-tax country like Sweden where I live.) When I hear about the salaries of the people I spent university with, I just laugh! There is so much they can do that I can’t do: spend their vacations in Thailand and The Alps, drive huge cars, dress themselves and their kids in clothes from Ralph Lauren & Diesel. But the thing is, I don’t care.
I am a happy 50+ today as I get to spend so much time with the things I find interesting and fun and work in my own special and somewhat peculiar way. While my wife is in another room of the house, doing her work in her own special and somewhat peculiar way. And I can look you straight in the eyes and say: “I know my children–all five of them”. I am so happy for all the time we have spent together.