As writers, people look at you like your work is a walk over. “Ha! You write? That’s an easy job nau”. They don’t know you need to carry out research, even for a fiction work, and deliver a properly written book, or article. Well, below are just a few of those things writers go through. And you’re a freelance writer, you definitely can relate to these experiences.
1. That moment when a writer first comes in contact with a new job/client. This was how I used to react when a new client shows up and he/she is willing to pay my price. I still react this way though. *Wide Grin*.
2. That moment when I had to deliver a 5,000 words rewrite the following day and I’m just in 500 words. Lol. I had this experience a lot in my early freelancing days. There was this Indian lady that would send me at least 5 jobs, to deliver the next day. I wasn’t sleeping. And the pay wasn’t even up to anything. Chei!
3. When a writer, after working 4 out of 5 jobs to be submitted the following day, is exhausted and starts asking, “who send me work sef”. That’s how I look at the last one.
4. That moment a writer sees an alert for a job done. This is always the best part. But sometimes, clients can be funny. See the next meme.
5. But When you look at it, you realize the payment is not complete. The client sends a message at the same moment saying that is all he/she is paying. And you’re like, “what the …?” Well, at least that one paid. The first I came in contact with actually deactivated all means of communication after I submitted the work. I got nothing from it. I have seen something in the hands of some clients too o. Now, I collect complete payment upfront.
6. And they said writing will be fun. I’m still wondering if they told us the truth or not. (Well, My Stories are fun for me though. Lol). When I see all those clients that ask for fire brigade delivery and don’t want to pay extra. I just wonder why the world is like this. Lol. Writing, in any form, is brain work. Even the jokes you read that makes you laugh out loud, it took brain work for the author or comedian to write it out. That’s why working with comedians is not so funny. Ask Olorisupagal. She will tell you. Let me go an sleep sef.
Over to you. How has your experience been as a ghost/freelance writer? Biko, share with us. Let the fun continue.