I love my job. I love everything it stands for, and I love that every day I get to help people. Fingers crossed, this will turn into something more permanent, and I will be able to continue working with this organization. However, writing is my passion. Ideally, I would love to have a stable job as a writer.
My book sales are great, and every penny from that helps. But it’s not exactly consistent. So, I’ve been looking into some freelance writing jobs for extra income. My pride has been my downfall on this task. I know I’m a great writer, and I know I can be a success story. But all the logistics behind finding a freelance writing job are insane!
1) You HAVE to have a portfolio!
There is no getting around this one. How have I made it this long without having a portfolio? I suppose I just never needed one until now. This is a good thing, though. It’s forcing me to tread into new territory and go back over all my work, really discovering which pieces are the best.
2) You should definitely update your resume periodically.
I made a resume years ago, but the types of jobs I’ve worked, they didn’t ask for one. Then I forgot about it and hid it under a pile of dusty papers that should probably have been filed 5 years ago. So, now here I am completely redoing a resume just so I can apply for these jobs!
3) I am not the greatest writer in the world.
For some, this concept is a given. But a creative person has a bit of self-absorption. This is a must seeing as no one would ever continue to create art after all of the negative critiques. You have to believe you are great in order to keep going. But the other side of this is (for me at least) I am usually in this bubble of my own words, and I don’t recognize other’s talents. Then when the blinders are removed, and I began actually noticing who I will be competing against, I become instantly intimidated. This causes me to want to tear up everything I’ve written and start again. I know, I’m dramatic.
So, today my day will consist of piecing together a portfolio and updating a very old resume. Yes, this girl is a party animal! 🙂