If you’re not working remotely full-time for a company, then there’s likely a niggling in the back of your mind—where am I going to find my next freelance writing lead? It’s a question novice, as well as seasoned freelance writers face. We have a steady stream of work from our anchor clients, in addition to one-off assignments coming in.
It’s already after one o’clock in the afternoon, and I can’t believe how quickly this day has passed. I’ve been working on a variety of projects and checking off things on my to-do list. However, when I look at the clock, my first thought is, “OH NO! I haven’t earned any money yet today!
The short answer is—yes. You’re ultimately in control of your writing ideas. How you present them and capture your reader’s attention is how you’re making them new. Some say there’s nothing new anymore. That everyone is rehashing the same old ideas over and over again.
Have you ever read submission guidelines where you see the phrase, “no simultaneous submissions?” Freelance writers dread that phrase for many reasons. Under most circumstances, you’ll see it when markets have long response times. When this happens, it gives the editors exclusivity when considering your work. They know no one else is reading it, or that there’s a chance it may be published elsewhere.
What does it mean to become a new writer daily? When I started writing, I was excited, invigorated, and terrified. The “newness” is what drove me to want to do better, learn more, and connect with other writers. I couldn’t wait to find new opportunities, hear about what others were doing, and find out about new techniques. I could taste the excitement. Some days it the experience sweet and others it was bitter.