The Freelance Life: Revisiting a Writers’ Roundtable

Some interesting thoughts here about freelance writing. I particularly appreciate the advice of writing on your own blog if you want more exposure. This has been my own path, and it has served me well! Of course I have written for free in the past, and continue to write for other publications for additional exposure. Either way, it’s important that these kinds of publications help to build your brand and your portfolio.

The Daily Post

Earlier this year, we talked to four professional writers about the freelance life, getting paid to write, and writing for free and exposure. If you missed it the first time, be sure to read this roundtable, full of great advice for new and aspiring writers in particular.

Here are highlights from the Q&A:

Give us a breakdown of your typical day.

Every day is different. I start by reading the New York Times. I listen to BBC World News or two great WNYC radio shows, The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show, from which I get story ideas and learn about the world.

I start work by 10:00 am — I’m not a morning person! If I’m working on a story, and usually several at once, I’m seeking sources, conducting interviews, writing, reading, or revising the pieces and answering questions from my editors.

Like most working…

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