So, what exactly is “365 Days of Freelance Writing”?
Beyond the smartass response of “a year of freelancing,” think of it as an aspiring freelance writer’s diary (which will be a book — eventually). Each and every day of 2020, I write about my journey as a self-employed business owner. The lessons, the challenges, the wins, the losses.
The cheers, the tears. All of it.
When I was looking into freelance writing as a creative outlet and potential career, I read post after post about “how great freelancing is.” Most people highlighted the benefits while glossing over the downsides. They painted a rosy picture of rainbows and butterflies.
That’s not realistic. It’s actually an outright lie. Anyone that’s sold on that pipedream is in for a rude awakening.
I don’t hard-sell the perks of freelance writing by only painting a rosy picture. Nope, my color palette covers the whole spectrum — from bright to dark. That includes the struggles. Self-doubt, fear, dry-spells, rejection.
My hope is that 365 Days of Freelance Writing serves as a hub and resource for anyone that’s curious about this endeavor. I want someone that’s reading my “diary” to learn from my decisions and experiences — without having to do it themselves first.
Your journey will look different, that’s just a fact.
There are so many variables that it would be virtually impossible for your story to be written the same way as mine — or anyone else’s. You’ll have a different niche, teachers, connections, perspective, strategy, writing style, and so on. But there are fundamental lessons that can be taken from my experience.
I’m not an expert. I haven’t mastered writing — or growing a business, for that matter. But, I’m not a total beginner either. I’ve had the pleasure of riding the emotional rollercoaster of self-employment since July 2019.
Some days, I’m white-knuckle gripping the safety bar, holding on for dear life. Other days, I’m “hands-to-the-sky” untouchable. But that’s showbiz, baby!
I’m an open book about my story. It’s a wild ride, and I’m not getting off anytime soon.
So, you might as well strap-in and join me.
To my fellow smartasses, yes…2020 is a leap year, so there are actually 366 days. But that wasn’t as catchy.
What’s the point of the Medium publication?
From here on out, I’ll be expanding on the lessons I’ve learned and written about in my “diary” and publishing them here — on this publication.
It won’t be the whole pie (i.e. all 366 days of posts, takeaways, and monthly stats). But think of it as a sizable slice.
Can I get a sneak peek?
Yes, yes you can.
If you want the day-by-day scoop, follow along on Patreon.