Mar 10, 2008

Inspiration for freelance writers

I tell you, I’m actually getting used to sending out 147,258 queries for every article I sell. It’s just part of the job – but what keeps me going is tracking my long-term success. This week, I’ve got articles due for Woman’s Day and Reader’s Digest. In a couple weeks, I have a deadline for Flare.

So even though I get rejected all the time, I am hitting it every now and then. And, boy, is it sweet! That's what keeps me going.

Writing quotation: “Is freelancing hard work? Sure – damned hard. But it’s not harder than any other profession. Like every job, it requires a combination of skill, thoroughness and dependability,” says I.J. Schecter in the 2008 version of Writer’s Market. “The difference is you don’t have anyone defining the parameters of the job for you or providing incentives to succeed.”

Writing tip: You have to define your own parameters when you’re freelancing. That means setting your goals, staying disciplined, and taking risks. Above all, it means NOT waiting until you feel creative before you get to work. Freelance writing means NOT waiting for inspiration to strike.

Instead, you have to hunt inspiration like the beast it is.


  1. This is a fantastic blog! When I came here yesterday I was at a really low ebb, freshly skewered by a suite101 rejection -- but now I may have another run at it.
    Thank you so much for the syncronicity and I will stay tuned!

  2. Speranza,

    Four months have gone by and I just now read your comment. What's up with that?! I can't believe I missed it.

    Anyway -- if you're still around -- are you writing for Suite yet?

    Thanks for your comment,