https://matthewcbloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Writer.jpg 683 1024 Matthew C. Bloom https://matthewcbloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Matthew-C-Bloom-Content-Marketing-Logo.jpg Matthew C. Bloom2015-10-04 20:42:292018-01-08 11:32:4515 Truths About Freelance Writers (About This One, At Least)
Just what are you getting into when you hire a writer? Who are these people?
I don’t know. That is, I can’t speak for all writers everywhere. Here’s what I can say about me:
- Don’t be fooled by the fancy website. I didn’t design it. The words are mine, but it was actually put together by the lovely people at Spotted Monkey Marketing, a great partner.
- I am not a magical, bottomless well of topic ideas. Yes, some days I too spend inordinate amounts of time staring at my computer screen with nothing but Facebook to keep my synapses firing.
- From where I’m sitting, the stereotype that writers just want to be able to work in their pajamas is stone cold fact.
- I don’t want to be in the office any more than you do. If you’re within 50 miles, can I interview you in person, please?
- There is such a thing as too much coffee. You’ll know I’ve hit the danger zone when I begin an interview question eight different ways because I can’t stop editing myself. Sorry – I promise we’ll make it through.
- I have ego enough to believe I can write anything until I’m proven wrong. If I’m wrong, no charge.
- If I ask you to repeat something during a phone interview, it’s pretty safe to picture me waving my hands wildly, desperately willing my children to understand the instructions I’m mouthing: ASK YOUR MOTHER.
- The ego thing also means I never enjoy being edited. But like going to the dentist, I appreciate the finished product … no matter how painful it is to get there sometimes.
- I am writing this while watching TV. So sue me. My blog, my rules!
- If I’m really interested in the topic I’m writing about, I’ll turn in quality copy by the deadline. If I’m not really into it personally … I’ll turn in quality copy by the deadline. You won’t know the difference.
- Much of what I write is terrible and never sees the light of day. It’s like that old adage about sausage factories. You don’t want to know.
- An interview is like meeting a stranger at a party. I always wonder whether we’ll click, whether I’ll really understand the person I’m talking to. I generally end up enjoying myself in either case.
- I’m probably not very knowledgeable about your topic. Thankfully, I’ve gotten a lot of practice in learning how to write about topics I previously knew nothing about. Good enough?
- Writing is fun! I confess I’m asking you to pay me to have fun. I hope you’re getting paid to have fun, too.
- At the time of this writing (2015), I don’t yet do this full-time. This is a growing business, and to utilize my services is to be a part of that growth. I hope that’s appealing. If not, check back in ten years.