The life of a freelance article writer is not easy, and you become a freelance article writer either out of choice or necessity. For most, freelance writing is an easy to do task, where you simply open Microsoft Word or something similar, and write a few hundred words! But believe me, it is easier said than done.
To be a successful freelance article writer you need a perfect blend of talent, marketing skills, great contacts, combined with perseverance, inspiration, and the right frame of mind to write!
Some freelance article writers manage to produce ten articles a day or are able to type 5,000 words a day, while others may just turn out 500 words, thus it all depends upon the capability and mood of the freelance article writer.
Most content writers do not have the choice to write on topics they would really like to, as they are busy writing articles to survive. Though Mark Twain had said “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay”, but for a freelance article writer, whose survival is based on writing website content, articles, short stories or novels, brochures, newsletters, the story is different, as 95% of what they write is for clients to generate income.
There are times in the life of a freelance article writer, when you have to write articles or website content, even when you do not want to, because it is your bread and butter.
Sometimes the writings become very tedious, strenuous, time consuming, as they take some skill, analytical thinking, creativity, and exhaust you at the end of the day, but yet you write, as it is your means to survive.
Freelance article writers also face increased health risks like eyestrain, heart disease, formation of blood clots and carpal tunnel. Samuel Rogers has quoted, “I lived to write, and wrote to live”, but on the long run writers tend to get isolated from people, with marriage and relationships taking a heavy toll on them, or they develop estranged relationship with their children.
Freelance writers need to write in order to bring in the income, though it’s important to give quality time to your near and dear ones as well.
The life of a freelance article writer doesn’t just end with writing articles for the day, as they are multi-tasking alongside writing. Averagely speaking a freelance article writer works for a minimum of 50-60 hours a week, as they are always on the lookout for the next writing job, once the present one ends.
For job hunting, freelance writers need to devote a major part of their time to networking, applying to various freelancing job boards, replying to their emails, and trying to increase their contacts.
If you really love to write the life of a freelance article writer seems to fly by, as it gives you the flexibility to choose your own working hours. Though a busy work life, but as a freelance writer, I don’t think I would have it any other way!
How has you life been as a freelance article writer? How do you divide your time between your family and work? Share in the comments below.
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