Diary of a freelance writer

The Rose that grew By The Rose that grew, 3rd Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3h6fokj3/
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The freelance world is a scary world to be entering in to.The battle of proposals between yourself and other writers online who have been in the game for years pushing over 1000 jobs with magnificent earnings can leave you feeling a little down and out. Discouraging as it may seem the only choice you have in getting anywhere as a freelance writer is to believe in your creativity and believe in yourself and your own work.

Diary of the Freelance writer

If you are anything like me and self-confidence is not your strongest point and you are still sitting around waiting for somebody out there that knows there stuff to tell you that you are a fantastic writer then you need a re-think that logic. There’s nothing better than someone appreciating your work or even crediting you for it don’t get me wrong but the minute one client says how pleased they are with your work you will soon have another declining your proposal or one that is not satisfied with your current writings. Sometimes it feel like you’re climbing a snow mountain with ski’s on your feet only to get half way up only to slide right back down again. The Freelance world can play mind games with your head and beat your confidence in to the ground if you let it.

When I first started out I searched for jobs such as article writing and blogs which I thought would suit me down to the ground to begin with seeing as most of my work was writing blogs and articles on Triond. I kept sending proposals for a number of projects but to be honest I had no luck. There were a lot of talented writers after the same work and they had a much higher ranking than what I did. When I found other jobs needing article writers most of the clients were only paying a minimum of $2-3 per hour or 0.1c per word which I wasn’t willing to do. I felt so disheartened that I couldn’t find anything that paid for the hard work I was willing to produce.
My breakthrough came when I stopped looking for blogging and article jobs and I then came across creative writing jobs. My first job I applied for was copywriting for greeting cards and to my surprise they had seen my portfolio which I had made out of my previous Triond writings and were impressed by my Ideas. They hired me for $150 for ten card Ideas which I produced and got paid for. They gave me a five star rating for the work I produced and my confidence was flying high. Three weeks later they came back to me saying how well my cards were doing and they would like me to do some more Ideas for them. I was astonished that for over thirty people that sent proposals they had chosen me for their long term project. The work was fun and creative and I could even sneak a bit of poetry in at the same time to go onto the cards with the visual ideas. The only downfall was once you gave the ideas over they were no longer your workings they belonged to the client to do as they wish with them. It’s hard to take in that your work is going to another person for them to make ten times the money they credited you with or to claim your work as their own but at the end of the day we can’t always have the best of both worlds. I was just grateful somebody out there was willing to pay me for what I like to do.
My second job I came across was writing rhyming stories for children whom again I was picked amongst four others and I created three children rhymes stories which I got paid around $98 for. I was quite naïve to how much I should have been getting paid or even how much to set my proposal for so normally I would just go at the average bidding level amongst all the other writers and hope for the best. On this one project I found out that it was hard work for a $98 and I should have set my proposal higher. The client at this time seemed over the moon with my work and they paid me straight away only to my dismay the next day they had ranked me as a four star not a five which dragged my ratings down a bit as a writer. Again I felt a little disheartened because I had put my heart and soul into the project and the fact they wanted me to sign all rights of my work over to them made the 4 star rating even harder to accept. Surely if you want the copyright to my work then it must be an awesome piece right? Well I guess I will never know that now. In my heart I wish I could have taken the stories and got them published myself at least then I would have got the recognition for them but I haven’t a clue about how to even start getting published properly so I will just have to accept and take my freelance writing as my learning curb.
After writing the rhymes feeling a little down and out I decided to give it a rest for a couple of weeks. I had really stressed myself out over whether I was a good writer or not but after that couple of weeks the greeting card job picked up again and I had more invitations to more jobs such as more stories for children and poetry which I didn’t hesitate to apply for. So far this year I have had eleven jobs and my rating is now up to a 4.8 out of 5. I can’t say I have earned a lot of money it’s somewhere in the region of 1,300 dollars so far which isn’t bad seeing as I get about two dollars a month off of Triond.
I can only hope that my writing as a freelance writer one day will pay off. If anything I think it has taught me an awful lot about the writing world and the people in it. What clients to trust and build relationships with and those who want you to write 5000 words for pittance. It has taught me a lot about myself as a writer and I know now what I am capable of doing and what I am not. I plan to pursue my career as a creative writer writing poetry and rhyming stories for children which I hope one day I can just make it on my own and not have to sell my work off to others or even just have a little recognition for it at least.
I have built relationships with certain clients which I plan to maintain at present well until I can find something a little more worth my while. As frustrating as it may seem at times I am still willing to keep pushing myself and ride the up and down waves of this writing world going the extra mile for writings and creativity I can’t claim as my own but for now it pays for the cotton to stitch the holes in my trouser pockets.

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author avatar The Rose that grew
I write articles, poetry, rhymes, and greeting card verses, I love to write it's all I do.

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author avatar irenen1
3rd Apr 2013 (#)

Why didn't you cite some of the sitesother than Triond that you work for?

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author avatar The Rose that grew
3rd Apr 2013 (#)

To be honest I have only ever really worked on triond and wikinut. I have tried some other sites but these are the main two I use and I have yet to see a payment from wikinut. The freelance site I use is called Elance :)

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
3rd Apr 2013 (#)

My dear Rose that grew . I did so enjoy reading your very easy to read piece , and I am happy you are now one of my followers as I am yours , so we will get to read each others work .Many people on the other site I am on ( which is not a money making site ) say I should write a book of my poems , but I am happy that they are so widely read and that people acknowledge that I am the author . I do have a friend who has written an E book on Lulu , a free site that will publish online and also in print . Maybe you could check that out .I will pray you do well .
God bless you (with your pretty smile)
Stella

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author avatar Retired
3rd Apr 2013 (#)

I found this to be a very insightful piece. Thanx for sharing your story.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
3rd Apr 2013 (#)

Well I had a group of friends at least that is what they called themselves while my best friend called them Evil Practioners who destroyed my work on Triond with 864 Poems and 200 drafts that were very crucial family history to me and I did earn money from it too every month and a tidy sum.
I used to write out here on Wikinut but it was only in 2011 that I began growing my viewers although I had my account since the 26th of June 2010. My viewership grew from 125 to 3000 in a day and when I was deleted from this site, for showing various security issues that included hacking, I had about 30000 views a month crossing the 100000 mark on 25th December 2011 and getting deleted on 3rd February 2012.
I have no regrets as I love to write and I write to love and this is what is now making me who and what I am in life. I never write for money, although money just flows in to help me live.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
4th Apr 2013 (#)

I presently write for various top ranking photographers, entertainers behind the scenes and am currently working on three movie scripts apart from being a model, actress, singer-songwriter myself. Its something I always did and wanted to get back into and the time is now just right for it.
BTW, Wikinut paid be 10 pounds for my writing. Got paid by them... But they have to face their own demons as I have given it to the press that they deleted my profile for highlighting a security issue back in 2011.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
4th Apr 2013 (#)

He is checking the whole thing now as I got this listed on the UK Trading Standards for inefficient service.

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author avatar The Rose that grew
4th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks stella and Carol for your kind words. I used to write on Lulu and my poetry used to be on that site when it was a writing site that is but they made some changes a few years back and they now have become just a publishing site and told everone to remove their work due to these changes. I didnt really read in to what they were doing with the new Lulu but thank you for the insight. :) I will check them out again.

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author avatar The Rose that grew
4th Apr 2013 (#)

Thats terrible to hear that they would ruin your work like that especially with family history. It seems like it hasnt knocked you back at all though but as they say when things like that happen it can only make you stronger. I wish you all the success for the future.

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author avatar Markthespark
4th Apr 2013 (#)

HI there ... I am a journalist, and we keep getting told to live by the maxim, "you do this not for the pay, but for the love of it!" Well I wish the love part it would buy me the car I really need now or help me save extra.I do the odd article - and I have only ventured into freelancing once, when I was rendered jobless. But I can vouch that it isn't easy convincing companies out there, who are cutting back on costs anyway, to flight your articles for a few bob. However, as your article suggests, it's probably good that you exercise patience and string a few good pieces together, so that potential clients can have a good overview of your quality of work. Then once the foundation is laid, the commissions will come rushing in. I would say however that one job is not sufficient to enable any freelancer writer to sustain him or herself; so acquiring more clients becomes a very hard job indeed. Here we are not selling a tangible product but rather our creative talents! Now I would guess our love for our jobs, should help the rest to follow .. it's the only way I see it - because freelancing is much more arduous and nerve-wracking than many people - most of them not writers - seem to think. With the advent of the info superhighway and other techonologies, the market is becoming saturated with all kinds of writers (some of them good, some outstanding and others not at all). So I guess articles should really stand out from the rest, if they are going to sell. Please can you tell me how to get into the greeting cards market? Also I am starting to write a novel but am clueless about what procedure to follow, in getting it published. Should I self publish? Is there a website that sets out the procedure for hopefuls like me? Thanks for your incisive article and promise to read your writings. Good Luck indeed

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author avatar Retired
5th Apr 2013 (#)

interesting and beautifully written

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author avatar Retired
4th Dec 2013 (#)


I saw your profile i pick interest on it and if U don't mind i will like you to write me on this ID( roseapia_2013@yahoo.in )am waiting to read from you,because i have something VERY important and urgent to tell U.In my reply i will send U my picture

Please write me direct to my email address so that i can be able to responds back to you. roseapia_2013@yahoo.in

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