I'm a freelance writer from Missouri. When I say it out loud I always feel like I should be at an AA meeting. Announcing that you are a writer to the public at large can provoke varying reactions. It is met with either enthusiasm or complete indifference. A few people will even act as if it might be catching, like the Avian flu.
The decision to become a freelancer didn't come easy. Giving up the security of a 9-5 job is a big decision for anyone. Giving up office politics and pantyhose was simple. I did find that being a writer isn't all cream cheese Danish and bunny slippers. It requires a strong sense of discipline. You have to set your hours, stick to a schedule and make others respect it. You also have to stay away form the Oreo's and morning talk shows.
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