A Day in the Life of This Freelance Writer

I'm not crazy I'm a writerI’ve read quite a few interesting “day in the life of” posts lately and thought I would give it a shot.

I hear often that people don’t understand what it is I actually do. It’s a common refrain among freelancers and people who primarily work from home – that there are a lot of misconceptions about what it means and how it works.

I’ve experienced this in a number of situations ranging from the comical (an elderly family member who couldn’t be talked out of the notion that porn is the only thing on the Internet and therefore I work in porn) to the infuriating (the person I’d just met at a social gathering railing on me for 10 minutes about how writing isn’t a “real” job and she at least “does” something with her life).

So what does an average day in the life of a freelance writer look like? I have no idea, really, but I can tell you what it looks like for this freelancer. On a typical day, I’ll write anywhere from 2,000-7,000 words, sift through 15-20 emails requiring some level of attention, dedicate at least 20-30 minutes to some other administrative function of running a business and try to be Super Mom. I won’t always succeed – not hardly – but I try!

7:15 am

Hit snooze, wander down the hall to tell the kids to get up and start getting ready for school, and promptly return to bed. [Read more...]