Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What is Freelance?

According to Merriam-Webster, "freelance" can be either an adjective or a noun. In adjective form, it means "earning money by being hired to work on different jobs for short periods of time rather than by having a permanent job with one employer". (Also, I would suggest signing up for Merriam-Webster's "word of the day" program--there are some really interesting words out there).

Its first use was in 1820 in the book Ivanhoe to describe a medieval mercenary. The warrior's lance was "free" of any obligation to a certain lord or kingdom, but was up for hire. Of course, the meaning has changed significantly since then.
From here.
And if you don't mind a bit of vulgarity and innuendo,
A Knight's Tale is certainly a good movie for a laugh. 

So, what does freelance have to do with writing?

Freelance writers may write short articles for newspapers, blogs, or other publications, changing up where they work based on what jobs are available. Freelance editors are in business for themselves (rather than working for a publishing company or some such) and do various types of work for different authors and publications.

Have you ever considered freelance writing or editing? 

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