Romantic visions of myself as an artist aside, this is why I decided to become a freelance writer.
I was sitting on a bench in the public gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the time, lamenting the fact that I didn’t know how to break out of this barwork-travel-barwork-travel loop I seemed to have gotten stuck in. I scrawled in my journal that what I really wanted was to be a freelance writer. To do all my work from a laptop and to make my living no matter where I was in the world.
I just wasn’t down with the concept that my life be dictated by outside constraints. God, why did I need money? I didn’t want to be tied down to a job. The whole reason I’d hopped from meaningless bar job to meaningless bar job ever since I graduated was because I was terrified of getting tied down to a career.
This is my life, and I want to be in control of what happens in it. If I ‘started my career’ I’d lose that control, or I’d have to start all over again every time I decided I wanted to fuck off to another country for a while. Why the hell should somebody else have the last say in whether I can take a couple of weeks off work? Why do I have to start work at a certain time? Do you really need to breathe down my neck to make sure I’m doing everything properly? Fuck. That.
I didn’t know how I would accomplish it when I first set down in words the fact that I wanted to be a writer. All I knew was it was the answer I had been looking for.
I danced around the idea and dealt with my fair share of shit in the two years between conception and execution of the idea. But eventually, I did it. I figured out a way and I acted on it. And here I am.
At the very beginning of my freelance writing adventure, I read a couple of books that gave me an extra boost of motivation. One got me psyched about the idea of life as a freelance writer, and the other got me ramped up about doing a kickass job of it. Both provided me with countless useful, actionable tips that are now a core part of how I run my business.
They were the kick up the ass I needed. They’re the books I recommend to my students to get them pumped up before class starts. And now I want to give you that same hit of inspiration.
So I’ve decided to give away a copy of each of these books to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to become a freelance writer.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Don’t worry about writing the most inspiring story, or the most exciting story, or the most heart-wrenching one. I just want to know your story. It can be as short as one sentence, or it can be ten paragraphs long. Just be honest and tell me how it is. I’ll pick the winner at random using one of those internet random-winner-picker thingamajigs. And no, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. All you need is an address I can mail two books to, and an email address I can contact you on.
So, for your chance to win a copy of The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, and The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage and Ed Gandia,
leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to become a freelance writer. Include your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. The winner will be drawn at random next Wednesday, and announced in that day’s blog post.
Reminder: Registration for Untamed Writing School closes at the end of next week. (Which, coincidentally, is also when class starts. Who’da thunk it!) If you’re struggling to start your freelance writing career, I can help. Check out this page for more information.