First From Freelance Guy


So, I’m going to, as an experiment, go through my list of 19 topics, write for 20 minutes on whatever’s on the top of the list, create each one as a category, and post the result a blog entry.  Today it’s Freelance Guy.  I’m hoping that I’ll start to find an audience by continuing with this, so all you loyal followers, if you like it, give me a boost?

When I was in high school I decided I was going to be a playwright.  I went to college, wrote, directed and by the end of it was overwhelmed by my inability to write anything I actually liked.  I figured I had to go back into the EZ Bake oven for while and get a little more prepared.  In the meantime, legal publishing, a long career in the data arts, started a family.  I recently decided to try to make a go of it as a Freelance Writer. 

I read John Scalzi’s (who I discovered from his marvelous science fiction books), You’re not fooling anyone when you take your laptop to a coffee shop: Scalzi on writing (@scalzi)  started reading his blog, and also Michelle Goodman’s My So-Called Freelance Life (@anti9to5guide) and her blog, and the fabulous Too lazy to work, too nervous to steal: how to have a great life as a freelance writer by John Clausen.  (I’m not getting any affiliate marketing cash here, though I guess I could sign up.  Anyone know if there’s something like that for Indiebound or something like it?  I’m a big fan of independent bookstores in the brick and mortar world).  And suddenly, it all seemed entirely plausible.

So, I’m over my 20 minutes and close to my 300 words, what with looking up all those links, so I’m going to wrap it up.  So, I’ve launched myself out into the freelance world, I’ve been writing for money, mostly web content, though I’m starting to write for local small businesses.  I’ve got this website, and I’ve started tweeting (@PaulStark59).  I’m headed toward writing magazine articles and web articles and blogs.  Those of you here today will have the chance to follow the story along as it develops.

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