Posts Tagged: freelance

A Funny Inevitability: In Conversation with Siel Ju

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Siel Ju discusses her debut novel-in-stories, Cake Time, the difference between our online selves and real-life selves, and who she hopes will read her work.

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What It Means to Write at a Coffee Shop

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When you’re a freelance writer — or any type of freelancer — you make yourself a lot of promises, mostly about getting out of the house and about wearing real, non-pajama clothing. But with no one to hold you accountable, these promises often go unfulfilled. For The Billfold, Allegra Ringo walks us through a routine of (not) writing many of […]

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A Narrative to Relate To

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At Guernica, Elizabeth Karp-Evans interviews John Freeman, the founder of the literary journal Freeman’s, on freelancing, his goals for Freeman’s, and cultivating narratives: Narratives are individual; after that they become myths because you need to abstract a narrative to make it apply to many at once. Literature is of course subjective and universal when it’s great, […]

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How a Freelancer Prays

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The writing life is hard, especially in the finance department and in the unstable nature of a freelancer’s status. Over at McSweeney’s, Marco Kaye writes a poignant representation of the inner monologue of the pleading, praying freelancer: Assist me in negotiating the rate I deserve. Allow for rate negotiations, period. Help me get better at this […]

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Disappearing Digital Ink

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Writers like to believe their words will make them immortal. But in the digital age, most writing careers outlive publications. Carter Maness discovered that most of his career as a music journalist has faded from existence as the publications that published and paid him shut down the servers hosting his words. This evaporation of content can […]

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Dispatches from a Real-Life, Full-Time Freelance Writer

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Over at The Billfold, writer Nicole Dieker kicks off a new series on all aspects of life as a full-time freelancer. In her first installment, she covers the four different types of paid assignments and how her personal writing projects fit with her professional obligations. Now that I’ve got the defensive posturing aside: well, sure. […]

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A Day in the Journalistic Life

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The life of a writer is rarely depicted as glamorous. We do it because we must. But sometimes we also must do other things like eat, and pay for shelter over our heads, or support those dependent on us. In the age of of information inundation, with high reader demands and little money to go […]

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“The pulp of 2010”

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Jonah Lehrer laments a big problem with the social web: “The one shared feature that I’m most interested in is also a little disturbing: the tendency of the social software to quantify our social life. Facebook doesn’t just let us connect with our friends: it counts our friends. Twitter doesn’t just allow us to aggregate […]

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