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Dress Up as a Freelance Writer

I just looked at the calendar and realized that I hit an important milestone a couple of days ago. It has now been one year since I got laid off from a corporate job. I remember the shock I felt as I walked out of the office, got into my car and drove home with no idea what I was going to do next. 

I got over the shock about 24 hours later and that’s when I started planning. As I started getting ready to update my resume (which I hadn’t had to do in six years, I had been at that company that long) and buy new clothes for interviews, I suddenly realized that I had no desire to go back to the corporate world. So I chose a whole new path – freelance writer. 

A year later I have realized my dream and am now getting paid to put words to paper (or computer screen). 

Here’s how writing fanfiction helped me to achieve my goal. 

Deadlines. 

When you think of writing fanfiction, I’m sure you don’t think of deadlines. After all we fanfic authors are our own bosses, deciding when to post and when not to post. But early on I discovered that I produced a lot more if I set myself targets. Sometimes I didn’t meet them, but many times I did and in doing so, I learned how to write under the dreaded “deadline”.

Handling criticism. 

For the most part, my experience with reviewers has been positive when it comes to my fanfiction. But every once in a while there have been people who have given a negative comment or criticized the way I wrote a particular scene or portrayed a character. The first time it happened I’ll admit that it deflated me a little bit and I began to second-guess myself as a writer. Then I realized that I needed to just get over it. I learned to take the criticism that was helpful, using it to become a better writer, and ignore the rest.

Getting over writer’s block.  

One of the biggest lessons I learned while writing fanfiction was getting over ‘writer’s block’. When I was still fairly new at writing fanfic, I had a wonderful writing coach who taught me a valuable lesson. His theory was that ‘writer’s block’ stemmed from a person actually stopping themselves from writing. We go to write the next paragraph and our hands freeze over the keyboard, not because we have nothing to say, but because we are saying to ourselves “no, I don’t like that idea”. So we keep trying and keep stopping, never letting anything out of our heads. He taught me a great technique where I write anything and everything that pops into my head when doing a first draft, no matter how ludicrous it sounds. Then later I go back and clean it up. Sometimes I delete whole paragraphs when I’m editing, but often those ‘crazy ideas’ actually turn into something pretty cool. I have put that theory into practice many times while writing my fanfiction and it has also been extremely helpful when I find myself ‘stuck’ in a freelance project.

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  • Steph (secretchild)

    I really liked this, especially what your coach had to say about writer’s block. It makes a lot of sense. I’ve been struggling with that a lot myself, to the point that I can’t even get started on the new fic I want to write, because I’ve convinced myself that it’s a stupid idea, that I won’t be able to do it, and all that. I’m going to try his suggestion of just letting whatever comes out, come out. Hmmmm…for those who touch type, I wonder if closing your eyes would help? I’ll have to try it. :-) Thanks for posting this!!

  • Mokibobolink

    Hey Steph, I think closing your ideas could work. LOL. So glad to hear that this post might help you with your next fic. I want to see it posted soon. ;)

  • http://dreams2nightmares Novella Ray

    Fanfiction is one of the first building blocks, in my opinion, to serious writing. (I think.) Fanfiction is your chance to bring out ideas and learning how much it takes to really write, especially when you actually hook some real fans who are begging you to continue.

    Sure it’s not a job, but hey, people are still counting on you to deliver and to deliver well.

    I would assume. Not that I ever wrote it because that would turn potential publishers off…~.^

    I have tried hard to become a freelance, but I just don’t feel like I could do it. You truly are something, I can handle some pressure but I don’t think I could make deadlines every week, especially with a toddler!

  • CapriciousUke

    Wow, thank you for showing me one of the ways to get over writer’s block! :D

  • Mokibobolink

    Awesome! Glad I could help!  :o)



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