“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.” I know, being a writer and quoting Anne Lamott is akin to an athlete quoting Lombardi, a yogi quoting Buddha. However, it’s a fitting introduction for me, both personally and in terms of this site’s debut.
Lamott’s Bird by Bird is the book I’ve kept the longest through multiple cross-country moves. I picked it out at a Border’s when I was twelve, and it stayed by my side through junior high. I thumbed through it often while writing my first novel in college. It survived my college graduation, and later the birth of my daughter, and was even buried carefully in a keepsake bag during the year I lived in a car. It now sits on the bookshelf of my home office in Missouri, where my freelance writing career has truly blossomed after years of hard work.
Perfectionism would have delayed the launch of this website indefinitely. The instantaneous nature of digital publishing makes it easy for sludge to go live in seconds, and as a lifelong writer and professional freelancer I didn’t want to contribute to that. However, this project has been far too important to me and too long in the making to put off any longer.
So with Lamott’s wise suggestion paving the way as I shut out my own perfectionism and claim my freedom, I warmly welcome you to The New Freelance. We’re a digital publication, providing completely free and fresh content every week on growing your freelance writing career. We also offer those who hire freelance writers a look at our world, in the hopes of improving the industry for us all. For more on the site’s mission, read our About page.
Find the latest blog posts below, and enjoy!
What’s New, May 5, 2017
Freelance Writing Tips and True Stories of Rough Starts
- You will hear this all the time when you are a new writer: you have to market yourself. But what does this mean? The famous Writer’s Market publication is great for finding publications that pay, but how do you find businesses and individuals who need . . .Read more >
- A freelancer without clients is a coffeehouse without patrons, or coffee. You’ll have time to learn about the state of the writing industry, the purpose of a 1099 or a Trello board, and how to supercharge your editorial skills later. But these things are easier to . . .Read more >
- In conversation I had with Mel Kleiman, HR expert and founder of Humetrics, he mentioned that the best employees are the type who do their entire job, even the parts they don’t like, without complaint. Their motivation to succeed, no matter the job, overrides the . . .Read more >
- When it comes to writing, practice is a verb, not a noun. I used to have the notion that I would hone my writing skills the way a hunter hones in on their target, pull the trigger, and bam, done. Writerly prowess. I figured I . . .Read more >
- Hiring a freelance writer isn’t like bringing on a new team member. Screening a new employee requires tedious calls to references, background checking, and maybe even several panel or stress interviews (you sadist, you!) before making it official, but picking up a freelancer can be . . .Read more >
- I have a terrible problem with completion. If you lived with me, you would see this play out in various ways — cabinet doors left ajar, closet lights on, shampoo bottle caps open. The diagnosis in video game terminology would be a “refusal to level . . .Read more >
- Like a lot of writers, when I first started thinking about publishing, I found a copy of Writer’s Market and began thumbing through the entries. I liked cats, but did I know enough about them to write for Cat Fancy? I enjoyed making up little . . .Read more >
- With Google AI beginning to exceed human intelligence, it’s no wonder search has become more intuitive and helpful than ever — meaning even the average Googler can find really fantastic resources for writers online with a quick search. There are job sites, portals to online . . .Read more >