What Life as a Full-Time Freelance Writer Is Really Like

Because I am a full-time freelance writer, I work from home. Before the Coronavirus forced many workers out of their offices and into remote work setups, many people thought that when I said I worked from home what I really meant was I lounged on the sofa all day in my pajamas watching old episodes of Criminal Minds. And while I do hang out with my friends from the BAU during my lunch break, I think now most people know that working from home is still hard work!

Nonetheless, many people still don’t understand what it truly means to be a full-time freelance writer. Sure, there are glamorous parts. You get to interview amazing people.  When the world isn’t in the middle of a pandemic, you get invited to events and you get to check out new venues, books, and experiences before anyone else does. Sometimes you get paid to travel. Building your brand as a writer also means having fun photoshoots and even being featured on websites and in ad campaigns.

But there’s a lot about this freelance life that’s not glamorous – at all. So, I’m here to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Inspired by Mattie James’ blog post on Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Tasks for Influencers, I’m going to share what life as a full-time freelance writer is really like by covering what I do each day, each week, and each month.

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21 Journal Prompts for Self-Care

As a writer, I’m constantly collecting journal prompts for self-care. When you’re an ambitious writer, prioritizing self-care is tough; sometimes it feels impossible. Going after goals like writing a book, starting a blog, or building a freelance writing business requires sacrifice. And oftentimes the first thing we sacrifice is self-care. 

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Good Girl Gone Freelance

I’m a good girl and I always have been. Just ask my parents or former teachers if you don’t believe me.

I’m an Enneagram 1 which means I like order. So, give me the rules and I’ll follow them – most of the time. (The feminist in me doesn’t always follow the rules about what a woman should and shouldn’t do or should and shouldn’t be – but that’s another post for another day.)

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November 2020 Goals & Plans

Here’s the thing, November —  October will be a tough act to follow.

Last month I welcomed 33 new members into the See Jane Write Collective.

I was featured on BhamNow.com and xoNecole.com and I was quoted in Oprah Magazine!

I wrote a piece for Reckon South on how breast cancer both ruined and restored my confidence.

I landed my first paid Instagram brand collaboration. And I was invited to contribute a chapter for a book being curated by a high-profile journalist (and I will be well compensated). 

Also, I got my taste buds back! (Along with killing cancer cells, chemo also temporarily kills your sense of taste.)

After a month like that, I’m ready to take on a BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS GOAL.

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30 Writing Prompts to Help You #BlogLikeCrazy

November 1 is Day One of #BlogLikeCrazy, my annual challenge to myself and any other blogger who wants to participate to publish a new blog post every day for 30 days.

When you’re creating that much content you may be tempted to post simply for the sake of posting, but if you resist that blogging devil, it will flee from you.

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