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


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. Of course I “really” want to write essays and columns and novels, but the truth is that I am already doing that. (This is the part where I would add “and I’ve been published in this place and that place,” but you can easily look that stuff up on your own.)

I’m doing the work, making the pitches, and building the clips. It’s just that you can’t build a career on three published essays a month. It doesn’t pay the rent.