Funny how quickly things can change. For about three weeks now, I have been taking on several freelance writing projects from clients after posting an ad on kijiji (A classified-style site) that I was available as a writer. What brought this on? Well, my job situation has been pretty shaky this year. I was working part time when I started taking on some writing projects. I thought I would see for myself if one could make a (decent) living as a budding freelance writer.
Then, the company closed down and I was laid off with 4 day’s notice.
Without sounding desperate (I think), I phoned my main client and asked if there was a possibility that I could write full time (since she said that she has 12 full time writers and 15 part time writers to take up the overflow of work). She laughed good-naturedly and said she could not promise me anything, but she would give me what she could.
After a few slow-ish weeks (Which I am still very grateful for), this week has finally come. And it will be the very first week where I will be making a full time income from writing, much to my overly concerned parents’ relief.
I always thought I would never want to write nonfiction being a very creative person, but I have to say that I enjoy it. You are constantly using your mind not to only to write in a gripping yet intelligent way, but to do the research needed to sound like you know what you are talking about. Topics range from health and fitness (My specialty) to cycling to car motors to business articles. It’s a pretty dynamic business and sometimes you’re thinking, “Oh my gosh, can I really write about this topic?” But one thing I have learned is that with any amount of research, you can make anything sound convincing.
Another thing I learned is that I could see myself eventually writing for a magazine that is specific to things I am passionate about. Educational articles aren’t my top choice, but they are mostly supporting me right now. Down the road, though, I plan to apply to a few magazines and maybe earn a steadier income.
One day, I wrote about 20,000 words worth of articles and I was like “Sweet. This is great practise for NaNo!” Then I sat there for a second. Uh oh. Wait. I will be writing 8-9 hours per day and then coming home to write a novel? Yeah. One good thing is that there is a world of difference between writing fiction and writing articles. I seem to have no issues coming home to work on my book after a day of hitting deadlnes for the clients.
Hm, I think I am up for this challenge. I think.
Do you, or have you considered writing articles for a living?
What are you doing to prepare for NaNo in the final days before it begins?