So I really, really need to figure out how to earn a living as a freelance writer. Having a day job is giving me regular panic attacks, and I don’t know how much longer I can cope with work at all. Not with working, but with the 9-to-5:30, having-a-boss, having-coworkers stuff. And I don’t mean…
Unless you have a trust fund or some other regular, reliable source of income that doesn’t require too much active looking-after, then earning a living as a freelance writer is NOT an alternative to regular panic attacks.
Most of what one does (or least, most of what it *feels like* one does) in the freelance trenches is basically tapping on strangers’ shoulders and asking if this thing you’ve been thinking about is worth a couple of bucks. And then waiting days or weeks or (very often) months for a tentative response.
It’s possible to do this (my father did very well indeed at it), but putting up with looong dry spells between too-much-to-do-how-will-I-make-these-deadlines patches is part of the territory.
That said, if you’ve ever got any ideas for travel-related stories, I’m always looking….