Writing Tips

Robert Benchley said that a freelance is someone who gets paid by the word—per piece or perhaps. My problem isn't so much getting paid, but buckling down and getting the job done. BadLanguage.net has a list of 10 stratagems to do just that.

I love number three: "Greed and guilt. I remind myself how much money I’m getting paid for a particular assignment and how ashamed I will be if I miss the deadline. This actually works sometimes."

Buddha's picture


You just reminded of a deadline...Powerpoint and math, but a deadline nonetheless.


Matthew Stibbe (BadLanguage.net)'s picture

I should probably add 'have a deadline' to the list in its own right. I don't think I get any writing done without a deadline - even if it is the 'post something every day on the blog' deadline.Someone once said to me that every writer, even those who have staff jobs, is a freelancer. It's just that some of them don't know it yet.Cheers,Matthew