Think times are tough for freelance writers? Here's a revealing look at why there's never been a better time to pursue writing for pay.
Although I certainly haven't reached the level of success that Carol Trice, the writer of this article has, I know enough to heartily agree with what she says about the prospects for writers today and how many different ways there are to become one.
I won't re-hash the article...you can read it, but I'm always glad to see people talk about things that are actually better than most people think they are. From what I know of her story, Carol is well-qualified to talk about the 'then' vs. 'now' of becoming a writer. Her story is interesting and it's interwoven throughout her excellent blog at www.makealivingwriting.com .
I was down at a local mall, Al Hamra Mall, today (going to Western Union) and as I was waiting outside for my taxi a guy (a westerner) stopped and greeted me and we chatted for a bit.
He said he spoke to me because he recognized me from coincidental observations there before. I thought that was an interesting coincidence because, firstly, I'm fascinated by observant people, and secondly, I've only been to that mall maybe 4 times in the 3+ months I've been here (in Ras al Khaimah, UAE).
Other than the fact that I'm always impressed by anybody who has the confidence to just say 'Hi' to somebody else (most people are not that extrovert, right?), I was also impressed when he told me he was a self-employed writer too.
We didn't have time to chat about his particular professional journey but I gathered that, just like me, it was just something that happened gradually with him.
Point being: Just like Carol says....there's a lot of different roads that lead to being a writer but apparently the field is more wide open than ever. Someday I'm going to enroll his her "Writers Den".