Hello and welcome to another fast and loose edition of Just Another Struggling Writer. I’m just another struggling writer.
It’ll be a quick one today, friends, since I’m short on time.
I’m not a religious person, nor a big believer in fate, or serendipity, or karma. But last month, I was in a real pinch financially thanks to the devastating winter storm that displaced me and my family from our home for almost three weeks. Desperate, I went online looking for ways to monetize my writing and the results were… disappointing to say the least. Breaking into freelancing seemed impossible for someone like me with no college degree or relevant experience. I was looking into other gig work when, quite by chance, while absentmindedly scrolling through Twitter, I came across a tweet advertising a freelance writing opportunity.
What could it hurt, I thought, to send an email to the attached address and just ask.
Well, as it turns out, it couldn’t hurt. In fact, it could help a lot.
I won’t say anymore since things are still very much in the early stages, and, who knows, maybe it’ll turn out that I won’t be good for this kind of work after all.
That said, just applying for the opportunity has given me a fresh perspective into the life of a working writer, and my own capabilities. I’ve never done this kind of work before. I’ve never had to submit writing samples or pitches, or work on a deadline that wasn’t of my own creation. Every response to every step I have taken, I have convinced myself that this will be the email that tells me I’m not a good fit.
Yet that hasn’t happened. And as I approach the point of no return, the moment of real commitment, I find myself confronting a new emotion about the whole endeavor: hope.
Wish me luck!
I am committing to you all right now that I will finish my current read over the weekend and have a book review for you on Tuesday. I thrive on public accountability. Or, at least, I shame myself into productivity based on public accountability. Same diff, right? Until then, may your writing be plenty and your struggles be few!