Okay, I just celebrated my first year as a full time freelance writer, and I am discovering that it is an agreeable thing to be able to do; to write for a living, from the comfort of my own home, setting my own schedule, and generally doing things, as Mr. Sinatra so eloquently put it, my way. Right now I’m enjoying a solid workload that keeps me busy, grateful for opportunity, and glad that there are still some folks out there who believe real talent is actually worth paying for.
A few months ago I experienced a period where I had more work than I could handle, and I reached out to a fellow writer I knew to see if they would like to take some of my overflow. Much to my surprise, they refused. Rather than take a writing assignment that would pay them real money and add to their resume, they chose to opt out. The reason? Well, it wasn’t what they were about, and they would rather write novels or poetry.
Well, you know what? So would I. I’d much rather live a Stephen King existence of pounding out tales of suspense and terror in my downstairs room (if I had a downstairs) and earning a reputation as the scary old guy that lives at the end of the road. It is certainly much more colorful than writing blogs about water damage or e-mail marketing. No argument here at all.
Unfortunately, no one is paying me or offering me an advance to take any of the story ideas currently jangling around in my head and put them down on paper. They are however, paying me to write blogs and press releases and web content….and I’d much rather be a writer getting paid for what I do than a wannabe with a lot of dreams and empty pockets.
If you want to write, then write. Write in whatever form, for whatever gig you can find. Maybe one day you’ll be able to enjoy life as a novelist or a screenwriter, but for now, use your talent however you can. It may not be glamorous, but when people ask me what I do for a living, I still get to say “I’m a writer” with complete honesty. It doesn’t get any better than that.
If you want to do something bad enough, you’ll do it. And if you are fortunate enough to make your living at something you love, then the cliche’ about never working a day in your life more than applies. Quit dreaming and start doing….you might be surprised where it ends up taking you.
Now go therefore and write well…..