Freelance Writing Client Changes the RulesWhen a long-term writing client changes the rules, you need to listen well and be patient if you want to preserve the relationship and keep writing for them.

At least that’s been my experience, more than once.

Sometimes they will tell you a change is in the wind, more often they won’t.

They don’t tell you I suspect because they truly do not understand how writers, or any creative for that matter, actually work.

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In one case, I suddenly got instructions from the marketing person I’d been working with for a year of blogs to include the owner in every communication. When a writing client changes the rules like this it can mean trouble. The owner saw, and still sees, everything – our discussion of ideas, editorial calendars, rough drafts, and final copy.


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bullet proof writerThe hardest thing about freelancing is dealing with the “feast or famine” nature of the business. Actually, that’s not true—dealing with ‘feast’ times is stressful, sure, but it is nowhere near as awful as the fear that comes when famine hits and you’re convinced that no one will ever hire you for another writing project again.

The problem is that we experience the “famine” period as rejection as opposed to what it actually is—a lull in the business over which we rarely have control. The one thing we can control, however, is how we react to it.

I have been a writer—as a freelancer, columnist, ghostwriter, and book author—for almost my entire adult life. I’ve had times of exciting success and depressing failure. I can tell you about my failures—all of the downturns and rejections—in great and exquisite detail. My successes? I usually sum up with, “Yeah, that was nice.”

It turns out we are hard-wired to minimize the positive in our lives and focus on the negative. It’s a survival strategy that may have kept us alive when woolly mammoths roamed the earth but makes daily living in the modern world needlessly miserable.


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