We’re going to do something fun here on Freelance-Zone.com in the coming weeks.
Here’s the rub:
Each writer will answer 5 questions (below) about their life as a writer. I’m going to get the proverbial ball rolling.
We’re also going to toss this out to our readers…if you would like to answer these five questions and be featured on the site, send your answers, along with a photo of yourself to: editor (at) freelance-zone (dot) com.
Nothing like free publicity. 🙂
1. How did you wind up a writer?
This is actually funny. I wanted to work from home and I was trying to think of something I could do. I had one writing job at the time (very, very, very part-time) and thought, “Why not become a writer.”
Yep. That’s it!
It took a lot longer than I thought it would. 🙂
2. Was the road to being a writer what you expected? Why or why not?
Heh. See above.
It took a lot longer than I thought it would. I started in 2001 and although I went full time in ’02, I was putting in crazy hours to do it. I wasn’t what I would consider comfortable until ’05 or so if memory serves.
3. What has been your best moment or biggest accomplishment as a writer?
Breaking into travel writing. I love writing about places, restaurants, buildings and outings. It’s amazing. I still can’t believe I’ve gotten to do some of the things I have. I’m very grateful.
4. What has been your most difficult moment?
Moment? How about moments? 🙂 Typically these are associated with difficult clients. A seemingly great job can be truly awful if the wrong person is in charge. Still, this is true of any job, so I take it in stride. Here are a few of the highlights:
I recall having to chase a client for 6 months over $25, finishing an assignment on my iPhone because my power went out in the middle of a blizzard and having an editor put their own byline on my piece after they added some content to it without my permission.
5. Can you share your top piece of writing advice with Freelance-Zone readers?
Simplify whatever you can. Time is so very valuable.
And be tenacious. Always.
(Oh, and just in case you were wondering…I did get the $25 bucks from that client. Hence the advice above.)
Catherine L. Tully has been a full-time freelance writer since 2002 and is co-founder of Freelance-Zone.com. She is also the owner/editor and webmaster of 4dancers.org, co-founder of Pas de Trois at dancing3.com and owns the group Dance Writers on LinkedIn.You can reach her at info (at) catherineltully (dot) com.
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Hey, it wouldn’t be any fun if there weren’t occasional difficult moments, right? One of my favorite sayings is that “calm seas make lousy sailors,” and that’s every bit as true of freelancing.
I’m probably not a significantly better writer than I was 10 years ago, but I know a lot more about different industries, and I’m a much smarter businessperson and negotiator. And I’m a more resourceful sailor after some unexpected challenges during our most recent adventure at sea.
The key is to prepare yourself as best you can and not make the same mistake twice…though there sure are variations on each *type* of mistake (on land and on the water)!
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