A Second Look on These Writing Gigs

Writing gigs. It feels nice to hear these words to describe what you’re doing now. It’s like becoming the music artist you adored since childhood, albeit you find your singing talent is only good for the shower. Since taking some freelance jobs as content writer and blogger, I’ve realized the enormous implication of my decision to stop working full-time or do an 8 to 5 type of work again. I tried hearkening to the call of the “Divine Discontent”, as one lady writer calls it. It’s a fact – everyone must work to pay the bills (and they’re piling up monthly). That’s why I do such jobs, and be paid for what I like to do most – write. The initial experience of working on my desktop daily, solely to write articles on a variety of topics was a breath of fresh air. Suddenly, I’m excited again to do something, create, and push the limits of my creativity. I learned that in content writing, one has to continually give fresh and original ideas (plagiarism not allowed), else they’ll not pass Copyscape and similar word-threshing machines. No problem, our professors in the university taught us the value of being original. Then there’s the challenge of writing in a language which is not your native tongue. It’s different when you’re working on some technical report, the jargons are familiar territories. It’s another story when you revert to magazine-type of writing, blogging and creative writing, although I would admit this is the real love of my life.
It is one thing to write, for you to read alone. When you simply hide them afterwards, only those you knew can read. It is another, if the world can read them. Imagine subjecting your inner thoughts to a billion of different perspectives? Well, for bloggers this is what it is all about. Anyone has always the option to go anonymous but you lose your byline in the process.
There is the trade-off. At times, it is simply a writing exercise, these blogging. Writers, like other professions need to hone their craft. The common advice to aspiring, yet serious writers is to write at least an essay or short articles a day. For fiction writers, inspiration is most often generated from the world around the writer – from conversations, characters, ideas and events that happen. The practice of writing some great lines or dialogues in small notebooks is also applicable and helpful.
The greatest challenge to full-time writing is the feeling of those we live with everyday. The change in our lifestyle can be puzzling to others. Sometimes, writers are perceived as bums, just sitting all day punching those keyboards. Life changing decisions such as taking a full-time home-based freelance writing job may not be met with goodwill by those who depend on us, or those who previously know us doing the “office work” kind of job. It’s been six months now since I left my old job. The feeling of regret is not there yet. In fact, I just feel kinda free.


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