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newName December 1, 2012 - 8:38pm

I'm currently in college and have all my bills and stuff paid for. Right now I'm just looking at getting a job for play money and since its extra, why not just go with what I love? I was wondering if any of you are freelancing to pay your rent, etc, and if so, well...see the title. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner December 4, 2012 - 2:49pm

I know one person who freelances. Her weekly budget for groceries, just as an example, is about 9-15 dollars. You can do it, it's just tough. Since she can't afford to go out, she submits about ten pieces a week or so. 

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newName December 4, 2012 - 2:31pm

Dayam. Thanks, Matt

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts December 4, 2012 - 2:37pm

Check out Nick Mamatas's book STARVE BETTER.  Good insight into freelance writing.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig December 4, 2012 - 2:59pm

Uh...not often enough. And I'm not paying for anything with my writing. When I was writing for pay for a blog, I made enough to finance some large purchases to prepare for my daughter's birth, but the pay became unreliable. I also used to have a gig writing copy for a tee-shirt site, and I was able to do it whenever I wanted an extra $20, but it was A LOT of work for the money. I haven't really focused on making money with my writing for awhile.

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newName December 5, 2012 - 5:33am

well this is the bleakest-sounding thread I've seen in a That's okay, I was just entertaining the thought.

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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling December 5, 2012 - 7:58am

I wrote a story about how poor writing makes us writers. But I didn't finish it.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like December 5, 2012 - 8:04am

This might seem absurd, but I've probably finished more pieces than I've submitted for publication. The number of "pieces completed" is greater than the number of "pieces submitted at least once."

In my case I wouldn't call it "phobia" (because fear has nothing to do with it), but I definitely don't submit enough to claim I'm really giving it the college try.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt December 5, 2012 - 8:20am

That's a very interesting article, J.Y. In my case, it rings true. I kept all my pieces stashed away for years. Started submitting and got two accepted right out of the gate. Now I submit much more and yes, it's discouraging getting rejections and a bummer seeing my acceptance percentage go from 20% to 11%, but it's necessary to get your work out there.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like December 5, 2012 - 8:49am

Oh, my work is out there. These days, I'm less concerned with getting a story, poem or article published, and more inclined to finally hunker down and finish a novel(la). I have faith in my capacity to write fewer than 5000 cohesive words, in all sorts of formats, but I doubt my resolve to complete a typed manuscript of narrative fiction. If I bother to make a New Year's resolution, it will be to complete a typed manuscript of narrative fiction.