It’s a little early for New Year’s thinking, but I find myself in a place of reflection, and with the desire to re-examine where I want to land. I’ve been doing some reading along these lines: things about how to run my freelance business better, how to get writing work from writing for free, etc.
In that vein, November 1st, an essay I wrote about my interview with Rosemary Wells will appear on Jane Friedman’s blog.
Jane Friedman is a giant in the industry I am trying to infiltrate as a freelance writer and writing teacher. I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity. Plus, she liked my essay. And said so. Both to me and to her audience.
I am also hoping, with my fingers crossed, and my eyes squeezed shut, and my spiritual observances made, that the essay yields an inquiry or two into my services as a writer.
One of the awesome things about being self employed is that I have total control over the focus of my business.
This same awesome thing can be hugely dangerous for a person like myself who has obsessive focus and drive, but can switch gears quickly and often, especially if something new is more interesting (or potentially more lucrative). For example: my present focus in writing is divided in three. I am doing some short stories, a novel, and some personal essays. I am thinking about learning graphic design. For a time, I was obsessively pursuing additional proofing and copy editing work. But the last two are not my passion. They are a distraction.
At the core of what I want to be now, and what I have always wanted to be, is a wordsmith tapping away at the keyboard for 8 hours a day (or more), journaling at the park while her kid plays, and 10-year-plan style, retreating to some secluded place in the summer for writing solace and fulfillment.
And on more levels than some other people with my same credentials, I am successful. But I’m not there yet.
So thank you, people who read this blog: those of you whom I know, whom I don’t know, whom I hope to someday know. Your consistent visits here encourage me on a daily basis. And any greater success I obtain will be yours, too. Since what I write doesn’t matter a lick without you who read.
And thank you, Jane Friedman, for lending me your audience.