The Perils of Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is the coolest job in the world. Some people seem to think that. Sometimes, I believe that wholeheartedly myself. There are days, however, when I am made aware of just how perilous freelance writing can be. I would even go as far as to say that this perilous state applies to other types of freelance jobs as well.

perils of freelance writing

Writer gone mad or happy writer?

These past two months have been both the best and worst of my freelance writing career. I only say worst because I have realized – and come face to face – with those pitfalls associated with freelance writing. Allow me to share them with you. Maybe you will be able to relate. Maybe you’ll learn something. Continue reading

Freelance Writing Rates: There Is a World Beyond Your Little Corner

Freelance Writing Rates

I have been writing as a freelancer for almost a decade now, and I have long resigned myself to the fact that my rates are difficult to pin down. Coming from a developing country, I have to struggle with the extremely low freelance writing rates usually associated with writers from my part of the world. On the other hand, I have been fortunate enough to have been given the chance to work with a vast network. Additionally, I consider my work to be worth more than what many clients offer to non-native speakers.1

So where does that leave me? Somewhere in between.

No complaints here, to be honest. I consider myself well paid for what I do on a regular basis. It is only when I occasionally deal with new clients that I have to come to terms with the differences in freelance writing rates.

Then there is the fact that I also work with one of the biggest freelance writing blogs – Freelance Writing Jobs. Its audience is mainly based in North America, although we cannot ignore the fact that freelance writers are emerging more and more all over the world.

This brings us to my point: what do we consider a fair rate? Continue reading

  1. Not to be arrogant about it, but I know I can give many a native speaker a run for their money. []

The Beauty of Uncertainty in Writing

Uncertainty

The Mirror of Uncertainty


Uncertainty.

It is something that many people feel, especially if they have the need to know that they are in control of their lives.

They say human beings are creatures of habit, and the more certain we are about what’s going to happen, the more we know about our future, the more peace of mind we have.

While that may be true in some cases, there is also something to be said about uncertainty. Continue reading

Christopher Walken Does Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are
“Where the Wild Things Are” is a classic children’s book, and just like many other classic things, it has been treated in various ways. There is the movie that came out a couple of years ago, which I have not seen, by the way. Christopher Walken’s reading of “Where the Wild Things Are” is going to blow your socks off. I promise you.

Parents, you might want to view it without your kids first, and then decide whether you want them to see/hear the video or not.

Christopher Walken’s side comments made me snort, to be sure. However, they also made me think. I wonder what goes on in the minds of kids as we read such stories to them and as they see the accompanying illustrations? Would similar thoughts (as Walken’s comments) ever enter any child’s mind?

Treadmill Desk: The Answer to Healthy Working Conditions?

Unique office desks

Treadmill Desk


I have never been enthusiastic about working at a desk, especially since I started working from home. When I used to have my own place, I had the most comfortable couch on earth. I am not exaggerating. All my friends who used to visit would immediately sit down, put their feet up, and promptly feel sleepy – if not totally fall asleep. There is also the fact that that couch was ginormous. It could easily sleep three people!

Then there’s the bed. Oh, don’t even get me started on the bed. It just calls my name, whether I am sleepy or not. Then again, if my friends can be believed, I am ALWAYS sleepy.

Needless to say, the table or desk has always been my last priority when it comes to writing. Now I am not saying that working at a desk does not make me more productive. The several times I have done proved to be good working days. It’s just that I like my comfort. :) Continue reading