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You Define Your Own Success as a Freelance Writer

success as a freelance writerDo you consider yourself a success as a freelance writer?

I ask because I’m seeing articles and ads that imply you can’t experience success as a freelance writer if you don’t write a book in 90 days or make a six or seven figure income, or have a gillion followers on social media, etc. etc. etc.

It seems a push toward more money, more prestige, more stuff comes around every year or so. Maybe I’m wrong, but some of it feels like they’re trying to convince me I’m not a real writer or a successful writer until I do it there way. When it does I feel like pushing back.

Although I love having money, it’s not what defines success for me any more. I have enough – which for me is I can easily pay my bills, pay for some of my wants and set aside a reasonable amount for the future. The same thing with stuff – lord knows most of us have more stuff than we actually need or can use gracefully or sustainably. As far as writing a book in 90 days? That’s simply not the way I work or want to work. Could I do it? Sure, if I did nothing else. Would it be a good book? Only maybe;I know benefit from at least a second 90 days to polish and hone it, maybe more.

Success as a freelance writer for me

In addition to the above, another way I define success is a sense that I make a positive difference in people’s lives with my writing. Sometimes I get actual confirmation.  Readers say I do, in comments, via email and in our forum. I also get the same sort of feedback when I contact those who take advantage of my no-cost, no obligation gift coaching session.

I love it when a client from the past gives me a call out of nowhere! That happened yesterday and it’s going to mean some additional work – writing work that’s easy for me.

And writing is still fun for me. I truly love watching the words appear on the screen, almost like magic. When I’m writing I almost always get lost in it – a meditative state I thoroughly enjoy.

All this adds up to a sense of success to me.

What gives you a sense of success as a freelance writer? Or… what gets in your way? Tell us in comments!

You might also want to read: How Do You Define Freelance Writing Success?

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman, freelance writer



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  • Hi Anne. Well, I don’t have a boatload of money, but I have the basics of everything I need. Like you, I continue to write to make a positive difference in the lives of others- hence my blogs and latest book. I’ve also found success in understanding how my voice matters. I will remain active in my craft, and, in my values. Always a pleasure to read your work!
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    • Thanks Clara… and I love it when my readers agree with me. Love your comment about how your voice matters – it does, as does mine… will probably write about that… unless you’d like to?

      • Oh yes, do go ahead! I tackled it in part, some time ago on my Authentic Woman blog as it relates to living our woman truths. Would appreciate reading how our voice matters from your perspective.
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  • Sue Chehrenegar

    If I were to weigh the number of compliments that I have received against the number of criticisms, I would tend to find more compliments. That helps me to feel successful, at least to a degree.

    • 😉 Good for you for noticing that… it’s so easy to focus on the negative – which brings more of the same.

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