Friday, Aug 07, 2009

Finding Writing Gigs in Difficult Times

The word for “crisis” in Chinese is the same word used for “opportunity”. I find this quite interesting and, over the years, have pondered it, especially now in our current economy. What may look like a crisis in your writing is actually an opportunity. It all depends on how you look at it.

If you expect the worst, you will get the worst because you are operating the law of faith in a negative way. But if you expect the best, you will get the best because you are operating the law of faith in a positive way. 

For example, now is actually a superb time for writers to find work. The reason is that many companies have dismissed full-time writing staff and are looking to freelancers to fill the gap. Freelancers cost companies less not because of the rates freelancers charge but because companies don’t have to pay them benefits. 

So instead of “going with the flow” that says this is a bad time for writers, swim upstream and look for the opportunity in the crisis. If you do, you will surely find it.

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2 thoughts on “Finding Writing Gigs in Difficult Times

  1. I had heard that before (the Chinese meaning) but had forgotten it. What a great reminder, and timely too. I think I am posting that one on my desk where I can see it everyday. It applies to everything! Thanks and blessings!

    August 8, 2009 at 5:29 PM

  2. I’m just getting back from the Philly writer’s conference. It was a great conference, and yes, there are opportunities, Mary Ann. We writers need to really study the craft and the markets and then write an excellent piece. There’s always an opening for excellent work. It might take some time and lots of rejections – the publishing world is very slow – but write and write and write and hang in there. You’ll never get published if you don’t.

    August 10, 2009 at 8:17 AM