Thoughts on freelance writing from a non-writer
Look, it’s something we all do. We get caught up in a loop of our own thoughts, and then when we finally snap to we look at the digital alarm clock display to our right and it’s 10:03 instead of 7:03. But what have we been thinking about for three hours?
If you’re like me, you were thinking about career matters. If you’re even more like me, you were thinking about the matters of a career most savory. A career most scrumptious. The matters, of the career, of the mind. Freelance writing. The thinking man’s chess.
If you’re still on my page here, keep reading. However, if you yourself are a freelance writer, then stop reading. This zone is a no-go.
I am NOT a freelance content writer, and I don’t want anyone who is to read this. But here’s what I think:
OK. Writing for pay. Making your own schedule. Being your own boss. Being a “starving artist.” These are some of the things that come to mind (for me) when I think about the freelance lifestyle. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? Well, not so fast. Because you see, you’re not the only fish in the pond. The Writersphere is a community centered around cutthroat competition, where millions at their laptops click-clack away, spinning yarn into gold as they jockey for the top spot on the food chain.
Who are these people, you might ask? Well, for the most part they’re like you or me. But different. They’re writers. They’re the ones keeping the freedom of the press alive. They’re the ones who have to make their own hours. Who have to decide, how much time per day they need to spend writing in order to bring you the motherfucking truth. They’re not superheroes. They’re wives. They’re fathers. They’re moms. They’re dads. They’re married. They write about marriage, fatherhood, and motherhood. And if I ever hear another person speculate about how it’s an easy job, I swear to burger flippin’ Christ I will explode. I tend to imagine that it’s actually a very demanding path to walk.
So here’s a toast to all the writers in the online sphere. May you all continue your important work and sheer badassery, and may the gods of writing smile down upon ye Sirs and Madams!