Huzzah! I Made It One Whole Year as a Freelance Writer (This is What I’ve Learned So Far)

I didn’t plan to become a full-time freelance writer. In the beginning it seemed like a great way to make money while I searched for a more ‘traditional’ job. Spoiler alert: that’s not what happened.

One year ago, I quit my job (on purpose) and became a freelance writer (on accident). I completed my first freelance writing project on 10/15/16, making yesterday my one year anniversary as a full-time freelance writer. Hooray!

Before I put in my two weeks’ notice, I applied and interviewed for several positions. After quitting, I interviewed for a few more positions before relocating and calling it quits on submitting applications. (Except that one position I applied to in May—more out of curiosity than true desire.)

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The Single Most Important Secret to Freelance Writing Success (Or, why I take 5-minute breaks, put myself on Starbucks® timeouts, and write terrible drafts)

There are a lot of traits that will contribute to your success as a freelance writer. Like your understanding of proper punctuation, grammar, and syntax.

Beyond that basic knowledge, one trait will be central to your success:

Self-discipline.

I’m tellin’ ya. Self-discipline is crucial to succeeding as a freelance writer.

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