I’m still doing the same type of freelance writing as before, stuff that pays reasonably well and usually about medical or real estate topics. It’s not a passion, for sure, but it provides a source of income.
I decided that I might try my hand at writing personal essays, like the one I wrote for Medium which I linked here the other day. I went back to check my stats on the story and saw that it had been selected by Medium for further distribution.
Still, having been selected for further distribution only took my earnings for the article from 8 cents to 19 cents, so it’s clearly not going to replace my other writing work anytime soon (if ever.)
At the same time, though, I loved doing that style of writing, especially compared to my usual writing. I must have tweaked that story 7 or 8 times, wanting to make sure that it was just right.
By contrast, when I do my usual freelance writing, I just give it a quick once-over after finishing it to make sure I didn’t make any glaring errors. It’s obvious that I feel a lot more invested in making sure I get my personal writing just perfect (though, in truth, I still probably get my professional writing close enough anyway.)
I don’t know for sure what direction my writing career will take me or even if I’ll ever make substantially more money from it than I do now. But I do find it extremely gratifying that on my first attempt at writing a personal essay in many years, it still stood out.
My very first-ever piece that got published was also a personal essay, which appeared in an actual book. Maybe despite all my years of feeling like my personal voice has been drowned out by commercial writing, perhaps it’s still there after all. I’m curious to see where it will take me.