How can one become a better freelancer?

Trying to find the right words start a blog post is more difficult than fulfilling personal goals in regards to word count. As a freelancer, I found myself in this dilemma. I’ve found ways to convey a message in less words than the intended word count. 

Speaking of freelancing, I’m sure there are tons of freelancers among the WordPress pages. I bet some of them operate through WordPress in addition to sites like Upwork and Fiverr. I, too, engage in opportunities away from WordPress. But it’s never too late to learn new, better methods.

Although I remain confident in my skill set as a writer and editor, the battle in freelancing is actually landing the job. 

So the question of the year: How can one become a better freelancer?

Sure, we all could Google search the wikiHow pages and half-decade old links that gives us part of what makes a good freelancer. But where’s the helpful info? Why does experience have to be the best teacher? 

What sticks the most out of all the tips out there is persistence. Some say, “strike will the iron is hot.” The most effective method I’ve witnessed is keeping submitting proposals and resumes until success.

It’s time I stop leaning on my own understanding. I want to open my eyes and ears to the opinions of others, and learn something different. 

So what do you all think? How can freelancers find their mojo that will eventually allow them to earn a living through a freelance career?

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Recovery

I’m not sure if I posted anything about this, so I’ll just talk about it to cover my tracks.

On December 1, 2015, my stuff was stolen due to my carelessness. I forgot to lock my car door, and my laptop, flash drives, writing guides, camera, and tooth brush was stolen. What hurt the most was the stolen writing that I worked two years on.

It was devastating.

But I recovered.

Currently, I have a new laptop and two more flash drives (one containing some of the rough draft stories I wrote over the two year period).

For the past couple of days, I’ve been reading, editing, and proofreading these stories. Somehow, I’m working faster and more efficient than before, so I guess the setback wasn’t really a setback. In a strange way, by having my stuff stolen, it made me appreciate my work more than ever.

And I’ve noticed my work, my writing is getting better. I wish I had this mind when I left college. But hey, we live and learn, right?

Using FictionPress for Exposure

Writing fiction is my passion. It’s the one thing, I wish I could do full-time, but work and bills are two babies that won’t let me get any rest.

Every day, I have this grand idea, which I never write down. When I finally get time to write it, I get distracted with gaming or TV. Procrastination is such an ass.

In between writing projects and two jobs, I get inspired to write stories on FictionPress. If you’re not familiar with FictionPress, check it out here.

FictionPress is a neat website where writers can post their literary work. Its totally free to read each story. Criticism is welcomed by some. And prepare yourself, some of the writing is bad. Trial and error, I suppose.

I have not written any stories over 1000 words, I think. I want to reserve those extensive stories for publication.

If you’re interested in reading or posting stories visit FictionPress.

To read some of my original flash stories visit my FictionPress profile page.

Also, for those that enjoy soliloquies, a YouTube video reading of my horror flash story, “Seaside Hunger”, is located here.

Proofreads and Edits are done!!!

I just finished my last proofread and edit. The six stories are complete. But I think the book could use one more story.

So tonight, I will start that story which will be entitled, “Dwellers.”

In addition to the last story of Foot in the Door, I want to release another collection of flash stories. The plan is to have at least fifty flash stories. Why fifty? I want the word count to be over 10,000. But it’s going to take more than a coke and a smile to do that–so I will writing from random prompts to push that goal forward.

Now that I’m near completion of Foot in the Door…Well, allow me to say that phase one is finished. Phase two is finding a beta reader I can trust. Phase three is promoting my work. Phase four is promoting my work and working to get published. Honestly, I have no idea how many phases it will take. I’m just very happy that I finally finished these stories.

Keep your eyes open folks–Foot in the Door is breaking into the literary world!!

Advice, Progress and Growth

Hello visitors and followers.

I took a few days off from writing to celebrate my birthday and Memorial Day. While I was enjoying my time away from blogs and countless pages of text, I was watching Adobe software tutorials on YouTube. Those tutorials inspired me to collect various clips in hopes of creating a documentary. The documentary will be used to promote a novel, I’ve been brainstorming and writing since college.

Speaking of published works, I’m almost done with my proofreading the short story collection, Foot in the Door. Depending on page count, I may add another story. If the page count exceeds 150 pages, I’ll keep it at six stories. Also, I will pair the Foot in the Door with a collection of 50 flash stories that are currently exclusive to my Facebook friends and FictionPress.

I’m determined more than ever to self-publish. I met a few writers at a comic convention a few weeks back. It was my first time ever going to a comic convention, and I’m glad I went. The writers urged me to keep writing. One of the authors explained to me that he started his career by self-publishing, an idea I wasn’t sure about a few months ago. Now, I’m convinced more than ever to put my fingers to work over a keyboard. And I encourage any poet, writer, artist, or whatever you may be to keep going.

We will make a breakthrough!!!

Elance: The Battle Royal of the Self-Employed

The other day, I was so frustrated with the lack of writing and editing jobs in my area. I searched through job board advanced searches and got nothing. I should be accustomed to the disappointment by now.

I did something I didn’t think I would ever have to do. Actually, it’s something I didn’t want to do.

I joined Elance. I’ll admit that I had the wrong idea about Elance–I really should have joined sooner.

As soon as I entered, I saw the intimidating list of names competing for jobs I knew I could do. The problem is that Elance clients don’t know my skills, so I have to present my expertise in a fashion that screams “I am that guy!” And the competitor is doing the same. After a while you get a barrage of service sellers, wrestling over the job ad with words, prices, and experience.

The newcomers are thrown over the ropes, while the veterans tackle the client in the ratings and number of jobs completed. Unfortunately, I’m in the newcomer group. I have the motivation and skill; however, clients tend to favor the all-stars.

I won’t give up! I’ll keep submitting proposals!